xDSL hosts the CGO and PPoPP conferences

The International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO) is one of the world leading conferences for exploring optimization and code generation techniques. Covering a wide range of topics in the compiler space, this conference not only has a very strong focus on delivering performance but it is also co-located with three other conferences which focus on High Performance Computer architectures, Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP), and compiler construction.

Scotland is a hotbed of HPC, hardware and compiler research and development, so it was a natural choice for these four conferences to be held in Edinburgh this year. The conferences ran between the 2nd and 6th of March in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, starting with a first day of workshops and the moving into the main conference body with papers, panels, posters and networking sessions. There were over 250 people in attendance throughout the event, and numerous Edinburgh-based companies exhibiting too.

The xDSL ExCALIBUR project hosted the CGO and PPoPP conferences, with Tobias Grosser (PI) and Michel Stewer (Co-I) general chairs of the CGO and PPoPP conferences respectively. Edinburgh was a great success for this conference series, with the number of papers submitted & accepted up, the number of attendees considerably larger than the year before, and generally very good feedback received from delegates. In addition to driving the organisation of the conference, there were several other xDSL contributions during the week, including giving the keynote talk at the workshop on Extreme Heterogeneity Solutions (ExHET), being involved in and chairing panels.