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Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency and Communication-cEntric Software

April 12, 2014, Grenoble, France

Workshop affiliated with

ETAPS 2014


PLACES'13 was in Rome with ETAPS
PLACES'12 was in Tallinn with ETAPS
PLACES'11 was in Saarbrücken with ETAPS
PLACES'10 was in Paphos with ETAPS
PLACES'09 was in York with ETAPS
PLACES'08 was in Oslo with DisCoTec

Theme and Goals

Applications today are built using numerous interacting services; soon off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Many applications need to make effective use of thousands of computing nodes. At some level of granularity, computation in such systems is inherently concurrent and communication-centred.

To exploit and harness the richness of this computing environment, designers and programmers will utilise a rich variety of programming paradigms, depending on the shape of the data and control flow. Plausible candidates for such paradigms include structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with asynchronous message passing, higher-order types for events, and the use of types for communications and data structures (such as session types and linear types), to name but a few. Combinations of these abstractions will be used even in a single application, and the runtime environment needs to ensure seamless execution without relying on differences in available resources such as the number of cores.

The development of effective programming methodologies for the coming computing paradigm demands exploration and understanding of a wide variety of ideas and techniques. This workshop aims to offer a forum where researchers from different fields exchange new ideas on one of the central challenges for programming in the near future, the development of programming methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.


 Post-proceedings, EPTCS 155


 Pre-proceedings (pdf)

Invited Talk

Akash Lal, Microsoft Research India

Finding concurrency bugs under imprecise harnesses

Program Committee

Jade Alglave, University College London, UK
Michele Bugliesi, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, IT
Alastair Donaldson, Imperial College London, UK (co-chair)
Benedict Gaster, Qualcomm, USA
Simon Gay, University of Glasgow, UK
Thomas Hildebrandt, IT University of Copenhagen, DK
Jeroen Ketema, Imperial College London, UK
Hans-Wolfgang Loidl, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Etienne Lozes, ENS Cachan & University of Kassel, FR & DE
Francisco Martins, University of Lisbon, PT
Alan Mycroft, University of Cambridge, UK
Luca Padovani, Università di Torino, IT
Shaz Qadeer, MSR Redmond, USA
Vasco T. Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, PT (co-chair)

Organizing Committee

Alastair Beresford _ University of Cambridge, UK
Simon Gay _ University of Glasgow, UK
Alan Mycroft _ University of Cambridge, UK
Vasco T. Vasconcelos _ University of Lisbon, PT
Nobuko Yoshida _ Imperial College London, UK

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