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Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency
and communication-cEntric Software
April 12, 2014, Grenoble, France
Affiliated with ETAPS 2014


NEWS: Details of invited talk now online

Theme and Goals

Applications today are built using numerous interacting services. Soon off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, acceleration using GPUs, DSPs and re-configurable hardware will be common-place, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Modern and future applications need to make effective use of large numbers of computing nodes. At multiple levels 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 variety of computing paradigms, depending on the shape of data and control flow, and on resource constraints such as energy and bandwidth. 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 applications will be designed to work without prior knowledge about resource availability, such as the number of nodes or cores per node. Runtime environments thus need to ensure seamless execution, adapting dynamically according to resource availability.

The PLACES 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 languages, methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.


Topics of Interest

Submissions are invited in the general area of programming language approaches to concurrency, communication and distribution, ranging from foundational issues, through language implementations, to applications and case studies. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and implementation of programming languages with first class support for concurrency and communication
  • Behavioural types, including session types
  • Concurrent data types, objects and actors
  • Verification and program analysis methods for concurrent and distributed software
  • Runtime systems for scalable management of concurrency and resource allocation
  • High-level programming abstractions addressing security concerns in concurrent and distributed programming
  • Multi- and many-core programming models, including methods for harnessing GPUs and other accelerators
  • Memory models for concurrent programming on relaxed-memory architectures
  • Integration of sequential and concurrent programming techniques
  • Use of message passing in systems software
  • Interface languages for communication and distribution
  • Novel programming methodologies for sensor networks
  • Programming language approaches to web services
  • Concurrency and communication in event processing and business process management


Papers are welcome which present novel and valuable ideas as well as experiences.


Submission Guidelines

Papers of up to five pages in length should be submitted in PDF format by January 3rd, 2014 (anywhere on hearth) using the EasyChair proceedings template available at:

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted using EasyChair:

Preliminary proceedings will be available at the workshop. A post-proceedings will be published in EPTCS.


Important Dates

5-page paper: Friday 3rd January 2014 (anywhere on earth) - EXTENDED DEADLINE

Notification: Friday 31st January 2014

Final version for pre-proceedings: Friday 7th February 2014

Workshop date: Saturday 12th April 2014


Invited Talk


Akash Lal, MSR India

Finding concurrency bugs under imprecise harnesses


Program Committee

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 Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Nobuko Yoshida, Imperial College London, UK

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