VMIL 2011

The 5th workshop on Virtual Machines and Intermediate Languages

A workshop at SPLASH 2011 in Portland, Oregon on October 24, 2011

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Important Dates

Required Abstract Submission: Aug 8, 2011, 23:59 Samoan (World Clock)
Extended Submission Deadline: Aug 12, 2011, 23:59 Samoan (World Clock)
Notification of Acceptance: Sep 1, 2011
Camera ready copy due: Oct 2, 2011
Workshop: Oct 24, 2011 - 3rd Floor - Director's Suite

About the Workshop

The VMIL workshop is a forum for research in virtual machines and intermediate languages. It is dedicated to identifying programming mechanisms and constructs that are currently realized as code transformations or implemented in libraries but should rather be supported at the VM level. Candidates for such mechanisms and constructs include modularity mechanisms (aspects, context-dependent layers), concurrency (threads and locking, actors, software transactional memory), transactions, etc. Topics of interest include the investigation of which such mechanisms are worthwhile candidates for integration with the run-time environment, how said mechanisms can be elegantly (and reusably) expressed at the intermediate language level (e.g., in bytecode), how their implementations can be optimized, and how virtual machine architectures might be shaped to facilitate such implementation efforts.

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 the authors (including all text, figures, references and appendices). Submissions which do not conform to this will be rejected without reviews.

Submission website for VMIL 2011 is available at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vmil11

Program Committee

  • Chair: Steve Blackburn (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Cliff Click (Azul Systems, USA)
  • David Grove (IBM Research, USA)
  • Kim Hazelwood (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Antony Hosking (Purdue University, USA)
  • Doug Lea (State University of New York, USA)
  • Guy Steele (Oracle Labs, USA)
  • Ben Titzer (Google, USA)
  • Olivier Zendra (INRIA, France)