[CFP] VMIL 2020 - Workshop on Virtual Machines and Language Implementations - Co-located with SPLASH 2020

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Juan Fumero

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                        Call for Papers

   Workshop on Virtual Machines and Language Implementations (VMIL’20)

                  Co-located with SPLASH 2020

                 November 17, 2020, Chicago, USA


                  Follow us on twitter @vmil20


The concept of virtual machines is pervasive in the design and

implementation of programming systems. Virtual machines and the

languages they implement are crucial in the specification,

implementation and/or user-facing deployment of most programming


Due to COVID-19, it is quite likely that VMIL will be a virtual conference. However, we recommend checking the SPLASH website for regular updates on this matter (https://2020.splashcon.org/). 

The VMIL workshop is a forum for researchers and cutting-edge

practitioners in language virtual machines, the intermediate

languages they use, and related issues.

The workshop is intended to be welcoming to a wide range of

topics and perspectives, covering all areas relevant to the

workshop’s theme. Aspects of interest include, but are not limited to:

- design issues in VMs and IRs (e.g. IR design,

  VM modularity, polyglotism)


- compilation (static and dynamic compilation strategies,

  optimizations, data representations)

- VM embeddings in other systems (e.g., DBMSs, Big Data frameworks, Microservices, etc.)


- memory management

- concurrency (both internal and user-facing)

- tool support and related infrastructure (profiling,

  debugging, liveness, persistence)


- the experience of VM development (use of high-level languages,

  bootstrapping and self-hosting, reusability, portability,

  developer tooling, etc)


- empirical studies on related topics, such as usage patterns,

  the usability of languages or tools, experimental methodology,

  or benchmark design

Submission Guidelines


We invite high-quality papers in the following two categories:

* Research and experience papers:

These submissions should describe work that advances the

current state of the art in the above or related areas.

The suggested length of these submissions

is 6-10 pages (maximum 10pp).

* Work-in-progress or position papers:

These papers should document ongoing efforts in an area of

interest which have not yet yielded final results, and/or

should present and defend the authors' position on a topic

related to the broad area of the workshop.

The suggested length of these submissions

is 4-6 pages (maximum 6pp).

For the first submission deadline, all paper types are considered

for publication in the ACM Digital Library, except if the authors

prefer not to be included.

Publication of work-in-progress and position papers at VMIL is not

intended to preclude later publication elsewhere.

Submissions will be judged on novelty, clarity, timeliness,

relevance, and potential to stimulate discussion during the workshop.

For the second deadline, we will consider only work-in-progress

and position papers. These will not be published in the ACM DL,

and will only appear on the web site.

The address of the submission site is: https://vmil20.hotcrp.com/

Important Dates


All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE), i.e. GMT/UTC−12:00 hour 

Fri 4 Sep   Submission Deadline

Fri 18 Sep  Second Submission Deadline (WIP and position papers only)

Mon 5 Oct   Author Notification

Mon 12 Oct  Camera-ready

Tue 17 Nov  Workshop **to be confirmed with SPLASH organizers**

Format Instructions


Please use the SIGPLAN acmart style for all papers: http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/. The provided double-column template is available for Latex and Word.



Program Committee:

  Marc Feeley, University of Montreal

  Juan Fumero, University of Manchester

  Elisa Gonzalez Boix, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  David Leopoldseder, Oracle Labs

  Hannes Payer, Google

  Andreas Rossberg, Dfinity 

  Konstantinos Sagonas, Uppsala University

  Manuel Serrano, INRIA

  Foivos Zakkak, Red Hat


  Marc Feeley, University of Montreal

  Juan Fumero, University of Manchester

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