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PLDI 2021
Sun 20 - Fri 25 June 2021 Virtual Conference

Welcome to the 2021 edition of the International Conference on Languages Compilers, Tools and Theory of Embedded Systems. LCTES provides a link between the programming languages and the embedded systems communities. Researchers and developers in these areas are addressing many similar problems, but with different backgrounds and approaches. LCTES is intended to expose researchers and developers from either area to relevant work and interesting problems in the other area and provide a forum where they can interact.

Paper Categories

  • Full paper: 10 pages presenting original work.
  • Work-In-Progress (WIP) paper: 2-4 page papers presenting original ideas that are likely to trigger interesting discussions.
  • Invited (INV) papers: 2-3 page papers, presenting an overview of the field, and shining light on important research problems. After acceptance, the authors will submit a full (up to) 10-page paper for publication.

Accepted papers in all the categories will appear in the proceedings published by ACM. Selected papers will be invited for a special issue in ACM TECS.

Artifact Evaluation

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to formally submit their supporting materials to the Artifact Evaluation process. The Artifact Evaluation process is run by a separate committee whose task is to reproduce (at least some) experiments and how the artifacts support the work described in the papers. This submission is voluntary and will not influence the final decision regarding the papers.

Original contributions are solicited on the topics of interest including, but not limited to:

  • Programming languages
  • Compilers
  • Tools for analysis, specification, design, and implementation
  • Theory and foundations of embedded systems
  • Novel embedded architectures
  • Mobile systems and IoT
  • Industrial case studies

Call for Papers

Embedded system design faces many challenges both with respect to functional requirements and nonfunctional requirements, many of which are conflicting. They are found in areas such as design and developer productivity, verification, validation, maintainability, and meeting performance goals and resource constraints. Novel design-time and run-time approaches are needed to meet the demand of emerging applications and to exploit new hardware paradigms, and in particular to scale up to multicores (including GPUs and FPGAs) and distributed systems built from multicores.

LCTES 2021 solicits papers presenting original work on programming languages, compilers, tools, theory, and architectures that help in overcoming these challenges. Research papers on innovative techniques are welcome, as well as experience papers on insights obtained by experimenting with real-world systems and applications.

Paper Categories:

  • Full paper: 10 pages presenting original work.
  • Work-in-progress paper: 4 pages papers presenting original ideas that are likely to trigger interesting discussions.

Accepted papers in both categories will appear in the proceedings published by ACM.

This year LCTES is introducing a journal mode in addition to the usual conference mode. All accepted full papers will be invited to be published in a special issue of ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS).

Original contributions are solicited on the topics of interest including, but not limited to:

  • Programming language challenges, including:
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Features to exploit multicore, reconfigurable, and other emerging architectures
  • Features for distributed, adaptive, and real-time control embedded systems
  • Language capabilities for specification, composition, and construction of embedded systems
  • Language features and techniques to enhance reliability, verifiability, and security
  • Virtual machines, concurrency, inter-processor synchronization, and memory management
  • Compiler challenges, including:
  • Interaction between embedded architectures, operating systems, and compilers
  • Interpreters, binary translation, just-in-time compilation, and split compilation
  • Support for enhanced programmer productivity
  • Support for enhanced debugging, profiling, and exception/interrupt handling
  • Optimization for low power/energy, code and data size, and best-effort and real-time performance
  • Parameterized and structural compiler design space exploration and auto-tuning
  • Tools for analysis, specification, design, and implementation, including:
  • Hardware, system software, application software, and their interfaces
  • Distributed real-time control, media players, and reconfigurable architectures
  • System integration and testing
  • Performance estimation, monitoring, and tuning
  • Run-time system support for embedded systems
  • Design space exploration tools
  • Support for system security and system-level reliability
  • Approaches for cross-layer system optimization
  • Theory and foundations of embedded systems, including:
  • Predictability of resource behavior: energy, space, time
  • Validation and verification, in particular of concurrent and distributed systems
  • Formal foundations of model-based design as the basis for code generation, analysis, and verification
  • Mathematical foundations for embedded systems
  • Models of computations for embedded applications
  • Novel embedded architectures, including:
  • Design and implementation of novel architectures
  • Workload analysis and performance evaluation
  • Architecture support for new language features, virtualization, compiler techniques, debugging tools
  • Architectural features to improve power/energy, code/data size, and predictability
  • Mobile systems and IoT, including:
  • Operating systems for mobile and IoT devices
  • Compiler and software tools for mobile and IoT systems
  • Energy management for mobile and IoT devices
  • Memory and IO techniques for mobile and IoT devices
  • Empirical studies and their reproduction, and confirmation