Minisymposium on Cell BE Technologies: Algorithms, Programming Models and Environments, Performance Analysis and Applications

The Minisymposium will be part of the PARA 2008 Workshop on State-of-the-Art in Scientific and Parallel Computing, to be held in Trondheim, Norway, on May 13- 16, 2008.

Power consumption, heat dissipation and other physical limitations are pushing the microprocessor industry towards multicore design patterns. One such example is the Cell Broadband Engine (or the Cell BE), a novel architectural solution jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba. It is an innovative heterogeneous multicore chip that is significantly different from conventional multiprocessor or multicore architectures. The initial target of the Cell BE was the Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which boasts the chip with nine CPUs for faster and more realistic video gaming. Soon it became evident that the impressive computational power of Cell BE makes it potentially well suited for other applications such as visualization, multimedia processing, and various scientific and technical workloads. However, another lessons learnt is that exploiting spectacular capabilities built-in the Cell BE architecture will require new tools, new algorithms, and a new way of looking at its programming.

The goal of the Minisymposium is to provide an open forum for researchers from academia and industry to share and exchange their experience, discuss challenges, and report state-of-the-art and in-progress research of all aspects in Cell BE technologies. In particular, the Minisymposium will feature papers that explore experience from application developers in the use of the Cell BE and performance of real applications, results in the implementation of tools supporting the development and parallelization of applications or supporting their final execution. We also welcome experiences in moving ideas and concepts from one programming model or environment to another.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following aspects of the Cell BE technologies:


  • Roman Wyrzykowski, Czestochowa University of Technology (Poland)
  • David A. Bader, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

    Original papers are invited for the Minisymposium. Authors should contact Roman Wyrzykowski (email: The deadlines for the initial submissions are as follows:

  • February 29, a short abstract (max 500 words) in plain text
  • March 7, an extended abstract of 3-4 pages in Springer LNCS format

    Like previous PARA conferences, accepted full papers will be published in the Springer series of Lectures Notes in Computer Science.