Workshop on Novel Uses of System Area Networks


Saturday, February 2, 2002

Held in conjunction with HPCA-8

The 8th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture

   Cambridge, Massachusetts


Registration Information

You may select the SAN-1 Workshop when you register for HPCA-8.

Final Program


Mark Heinrich, Cornell University (

Evan Speight, Cornell University (



This one-day workshop will focus on innovative uses of emerging network technology for system area networks. As the price of individual cluster components continues to fall, and their performance steadily improves, clusters of PCs or workstations are becoming commonplace in areas once reserved for supercomputers or massively parallel architectures.  The networks used in clusters have moved from traditional Ethernet to system area networks, such as the Virtual Interface Architecture, Myrinet, ServerNet, and the forthcoming InfiniBand network.  System area networks (SANs) are characterized by high bandwidth; low latency (on the order of 10μsec or less for zero-length messages); a switched network environment; reliable transport service implemented directly in hardware; no kernel intervention to send and receive messages; and little or no copying on either the sending or receiving side.  SANs may be used for enterprise applications such as databases, web servers, reservation systems, and small to medium-scale parallel computing environments.  The workshop will include presentations of accepted technical papers and a keynote address by a speaker yet to be determined. 

This workshop will focus on non-traditional uses of commodity system area networks, as well as innovative system area network architectures. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:



Authors should submit an extended abstract no longer than 5 pages for consideration. Reviews of all papers will be blind. Accepted papers must be no longer than 12 single-spaced pages (including figures, references, and appendices) using 12pt font. Submit one electronic copy of the abstract in PDF format via email to by November 30. WE ARE EXTENDING THE DEADLINE UNTIL WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5th. No further extensions can be granted.

Notification of acceptance will be given by December 14, and camera-ready papers will be due January 14. All accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and included in a bound proceedings that will be distributed at the workshop. Authors should use IEEE TOC format guidelines for final submissions. In addition, accepted papers will be made available on this site.


Important Dates

Submission Deadline:     November 30, 2001  (Extended to December 5, 2001)

Notification to Authors:  December 21, 2001

Final Papers Due:            January 14, 2002


Program Committee

Sandhya Dwarkadas, University of Rochester (

Mark Heinrich, Cornell University (

Liviu Iftode, Rutgers University (

Kimberly Keeton, HP Labs (

Jeff Kuskin, Atheros Communications (

Ram Rajamony, IBM Research, Austin (

Evan Speight, Cornell University (

Questions? Contact Mark Heinrich or Evan Speight