VMIL 2008

A workshop on Virtual Machines and Intermediate Languages for emerging modularization mechanisms

Co-located with OOPSLA 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee on October 19, 2008

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AOSD Europe

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Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Aug 15, 2008, 23:59 Samoan (World Clock)
Notification of Acceptance: Sept 4, 2008
Camera ready copy due: Oct 3, 2008
Workshop: Oct 19, 2008

Motivation and Objectives

Modern programming languages are compiled to intermediate code preserving the intention of high-level language constructs. Emerging modularization mechanisms, however, lack such handling. Recent research results have shown that deeper support for these modularization mechanisms, e.g., in virtual machines and intermediate languages, is feasible; it allows applying tailored optimizations and radically improves development processes such as incremental compilation, debugging, etc.

The VMIL workshop, second in the series, is a forum for research in virtual machines and intermediate languages with support for emerging modularization mechanisms such as mix-ins, units, open classes, hyper-slices, adaptive methods, roles, composition filters, layers, pointcuts-and-advice, and inter-type declarations. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: compilation-based and interpreter-based virtual machines as well as intermediate language designs with dedicated support for emerging modularization mechanisms, compilation techniques, optimization strategies, improved techniques for fast predicate evaluation (e.g., of pointcuts) inside virtual machines, and advanced caching and memory management schemes.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Compilation-based and interpreter-based virtual machine designs with better support for these modularization mechanisms
  • Intermediate language constructs that better support these modularization mechanisms
  • Compilation techniques from high-level languages to enhanced intermediate languages
  • Optimization strategies for reduction of runtime overhead due to either compilation or interpretation
  • Improved techniques for fast evaluation of pointcuts and other predicates
  • Use cases for deeper support in the virtual machines and intermediate languages
  • Advanced caching and memory management schemes in support of the mechanisms

Paper Categories

In these key areas, we invite high-quality papers in the following two categories.

  • Research and experience papers: These submissions should describe work that advances the current state of the art in support of advanced separation of concerns techniques in virtual machines and intermediate languages. Experience papers that are of broader interest and describe insights gained from practical applications. The page limit for these submissions is 10 pages.
  • Position papers: These submissions present and defend the author/s position on a topic related to the broader area of the workshop. The page limit for these submissions is 6 pages.

Review Process

The program committee will evaluate each paper based on its relevance, significance, clarity and originality. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three PC members.

Paper Submission

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. The results described must be unpublished and must not be under review for another workshop, conference or journal. Submissions must conform to ACM SIGPLAN format and must not exceed the page limit of the category in which it is classified by authors (including all text, figures, references and appendices). Submissions which do not conform to this will be rejected without reviews.

Submission website for VMIL 2008 is available at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=VMIL-08

Program Committee

  • Eric Bodden (McGill University, Canada)
  • Juan Chen (Microsoft Research, USA)
  • Shigeru Chiba (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Sophia Drossopoulou (Imperial College, UK)
  • Eric Eide (University of Utah, USA)
  • Matthew Flatt (University of Utah, USA)
  • Gregor Kiczales (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Hidehiko Masuhara (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Greg Morrisett (Harvard University, USA)
  • Angela Nicoara (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Harold Ossher (IBM Research, USA)
  • Don Syme (Microsoft Research, UK)
  • and the organizers