Important Dates

3rd Feb 2017
extend to 10th Feb 2017
Paper Submission Deadline

24th Feb 2017
Acceptance Notification

8th March 2017
Camera-Ready Papers

8th April 2017
Workshop Day

Workshop Co-Organizers:

Zhibin Yu
Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), CAS

Ke Zhang
Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Qixiao Liu

Jie Tang

Qian Zhao
Kumamoto University

Yisong Chang

Program Committee:

Dezun Dong
National University of Defense Technology

Bingsheng He
National University of Singapore

Rui Hou

Yu Hua
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Masahiro Iida
Kumamoto University

Keqiu Li
Tianjin University

Yun (Eric) Liang
Peking University

Joshua Lu

Sally A. McKee
Chalmers University of Technology

V. Krishna Nandivada
IIT Madras, India

Fernando M. Q. Pereira
UFMG, Brazil

Heng Qi
Dalian University of Technology

Dong Xiang
Tsinghua University

Jin Xiong

Laiping Zhao
Tianjin University

Xiaobo Zhou
Tianjin University

Steering Committee

Yungang Bao

Xiaobing Feng


ETCD 2017

The first Workshop on Emerging Technologies for software-defined and reconfigurable hardware-accelerated Cloud Datacenters (ETCD2017)

Architecture, Service, Application and Platform

To be held in conjunction with 22nd ACM ASPLOS
April 8, 2017
Xi'an, China



Call for papers

Workshop Scope and Goals

The world is becoming increasingly connected and generating huge volumes of data. The resulting deluge of data to analyze together with the need to simultaneously manage increasing numbers of applications stresses the capabilities of current datacenters (DCs). At the mean time, as cloud computing is now becoming an essential component of IT strategy, and being embraced by the majority of businesses of all sizes. The cloud providers, such as Amazon, Baidu, Google and Microsoft, attempt to expand their service to adapt big data applications. In this new scenario, a wide range of challenges needs to be addressed both at design and run-time. And a set of new trends have emerged, just for example:

  • Software-defined computing, which removes intelligence from the hardware and abstract it to a far more standardized software layer has been introduced to cloud platform. Such mechanism not only makes the heterogeneous hardware work more effectively, it also allows the developers to introduce new functionality more easily.
  • In order to improve energy-efficiency and performance of cloud and DC workloads, one of several effective approaches is to integrate heterogeneous computing devices (such as FPGAs, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) into servers, along with conventional CPUs. Moreover, such new first-class computing components is not only used for acceleration in DCs (e.g. Microsoft Catapult project), but also could be provided as a service to public users across the Cloud (e.g. Amazon AWS F1 instance).

This upcoming workshop on Emerging Technologies for software-defined and reconfigurable hardware-accelerated Datacenters in Cloud (ETCD 2017), which will be held in conjunction with ASPLOS’2017, aims to provide a forum for researchers from academia, industry and government research labs to exchange research ideas.

The topics relate to all critical aspects of emerging technologies and advances for datacenter and cloud computing, including architectural support, benchmarks and metrics, data management software, operating systems, and to learn the emerging challenges and opportunities in the future. To encourage discussion between participants, sufficient time slot will be scheduled for interactions between the presenters and the audience.

List of topics

We cordially invite researchers from all institutions to submit their work. Preliminary results of interesting ideas and work-in-progress are welcome. Submissions that are likely to generate vigorous discussion will be favored!

Submissions will be judged based on relevance, significance, originality, correctness and clarity. Submissions should present original research and should provide sufficient background materials to make them accessible to a broader community.

The list of topics of interest for workshop submission includes but is not limited to:

  • Processor, memory, network, storage and system architectures support for datacenter and Cloud
  • OS, distributed systems, hypervisors, middlewares and system management support for large-scale datacenter and Cloud
  • Acceleration system architecture and FPGAs designs for heterogeneous energy-efficient reconfigurable datacenter and Cloud.
  • FPGA fabrics for server-system-level, rack-level, and DC-level acceleration.
  • Emerging cloud applications, and applications that would benefit from FPGA acceleration e.g., IoT, Demos of users’ case studies and real-world workloads
  • On-chip and off-chip interconnects between traditional CPUs and FPGAs, such as coherent links.
  • Benchmarks, metrics and workload characterization methods for cloud computing and heterogeneous reconfigurable computing
  • Evaluation tools, methodologies and workload synthesis
  • Energy efficiency and energy-efficient designs
  • Availability, fault tolerance and data recovery in data center and cloud environments
  • Scalable system and network designs for high concurrency/bandwidth streaming
  • Programming models and language support for reconfigurable datacente and cloud applications

Date and Location

Xi'an, China, 8th April 2017

Held in conjunction with 22nd ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems


The selected papers will be published in the proceeding of this workshop by ACM.

Papers Submission Guidelines

Paper submissions must present original, unpublished research or experiences. Papers under review elsewhere must not be submitted to the workshop.

We welcome 8-page full papers and 4-page position papers. The submission must follow the ACM proceeding paper formatting guidelines: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates

Submission site: