Seventh Annual Workshop on the Interaction amongst

Virtualization, Operating Systems and Computer Architecture

( WIVOSCA 2013 )

Held in conjunction with the 40th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA-40)

Tel-Aviv, Israel

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NEWS 06/10/2013: Preliminary Program Announced (Click Here)

Workshop Overview and Topics:

Operating systems (OS) constitute a major software component and are essential to any computing system. Commercial and server workloads such as online transaction processing, database, file/e-mail servers involve significant OS-level activity. The interactions between OS and emerging architectures (e.g. homogeneous and heterogeneous chip multiprocessors, simultaneous multithreading systems) / technology (e.g. hardware-assisted virtualization) are projected to continuously increase. In addition, the use of a wide variety of virtualization techniques, ranging from application-level virtualization to full-system virtualization, for providing application portability, managing power and performance, providing QoS guarantees and to effectively use the power of emerging architectures, has become prominent.

To optimize system performance/power/reliability/security, it is important to facilitate efficient interaction and cooperation amongst the three constantly evolving components - OS, virtualization and computer architecture.

This workshop focuses on characterizing, modeling, and optimizing the interaction between OS and hardware in the light of emerging architecture paradigms, workloads, and computing technology. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Architectural support for OS functionality and services
  • Architectural support for virtual machines and hypervisors
  • Hardware acceleration of OS and Virtualization services
  • OS and Virtualization support for emerging computer architectures
  • Implications of virtualization on OS design
  • Effect of OS/Virtualization on emerging architectures
  • System software-aware microarchitecture design
  • Leveraging OS/Virtualization to optimize reliability/thermal/power
  • Frameworks and tools for full-system simulation
  • Characterization of OS/Virtualization activity in emerging workloads
  • Performance, power, dependability, and security in OS/Virtualization
  • OS/Virtualization -intensive benchmark suites
  • Evaluation of the interaction/interference among OS/user
  • Mitigation of OS and Virtualization related execution bottlenecks
  • Architecture and Virtualization issues in data centers
  • Architecture and Virtualization support for cloud computing

Furthermore, the workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers, engineers, and students from academia and industry to discuss their latest research in virtualization, computer architecture and OS, to bring their ideas and research problems to the attention of others, and to obtain valuable and instant feedback from fellow researchers.

Workshop Co-Organizers

Tao Li, University of Florida (
James Poe, Miami Dade College (
Girish Venkatasubramanian, Intel (

Program Committee:

Miguel Alonso, Miami Dade College
Rajeev Balasubramonian, University of Utah
Abhishek Bhattacharjee, Rutgers University
Mike Ferdman, Stony Brook University
Xin Fu, University of Kansas
Clay Hughes, Florida State University
Ravishankar Iyer, Intel
Xiaoyao Liang, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Andrew Rice, Queens College
Guangyu Sun, Peking University
Zhibin Yu, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Submission Guidelines:

Please follow this link to the paper submission site:

Note: Accounts must be created before the abstract deadline date. Please be sure to confirm and finalize your submission after every modification to save your changes. All submissions can be modified/edited until the paper submission deadline. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to email James Poe.

Submit the full paper under 5,000 words by April 19, 2013 April 26, 2013.

Important Dates
  • Paper Submission: April 19, 2013. EXTENDED April 26, 2013!
  • Author Notification: May 10, 2013 May 13, 2013.
  • Camera-ready Version: May 17, 2013.

Please feel free to visit the website from last years workshop: