Computing Frontiers 2006 - Special Session on

Dependability Issues in Emerging Technologies

Call for Participation


Lucian Prodan, UPT Romania

Mihai Udrescu, UPT Romania

(confirmation pending)

Mircea Vladutiu, UPT Romania

Gianluca Tempesti, EPFL Switzerland

Andrew Tyrrell, University of York, UK

Adrian Stoica, NASA–JPL, USA

Lukas Sekanina, BUT, Czech Republic


Paper submissions: January 9, 2006

Author notification: January 23, 2006

Final papers due: February 15, 2006

sponsored by ACM SIGMICRO

Computers are, perhaps, the finest exponents of the present days’ technological wave. Though solidly set on the road of evolution, their challenge comes from this being manifold: some applications require speed above anything else, while others require the highest possible dependability. Critical applications, the foremost being catalyzed by the advent of the space exploration era, now represent an entirely new domain that harnesses the salient benefits of computing power and technological advances. Its special requirements therefore encouraged a shifting in priorities from brute computing force (which appears to have reached somewhat sufficient levels today, at least for a range of applications) towards dependable computing; however, it also pointed out that in the context of what is now called classical computation, it seems that one can hardly expect more then marginal improvements performance-wise, even for sophisticated approaches.

Further improving computing performance could be brought by the new, emerging, technologies, such as nanoelectronics, biologically-inspired computing, molecular computing, and quantum computing; however, their promise of superior performance is bound to a range of functional vulnerabilities and sensitivity to perturbations that can only be counterbalanced by dependability-raising measures. These aspects represent the driving forces that fuel the need for different and better-suited designs, therefore justifying a quest for new inspiration in both their hardware and software designs.

Emerging technologies, expected to scale well beyond the physical limits of classical computing, are to be the main beneficiaries of dependability-raising techniques. New fields in computing, such as biologically-inspired and quantum computing, have the potential of paving the way to such techniques. Environmental aggressions are successfully fought by both: nature has endowed all its living creatures with incredible robust features, while quantum computations take place in a natively fault-rich environment.

In order to explore new avenues in building dependable computing systems, we initiate the:

Special Session on Dependability Issues in Emerging Technologies

Targeted topics will include (without being limited to):
  • Hierarchical fault tolerance strategies
  • Survivability aspects in evolvable systems
  • Fault tolerance in quantum computing
  • Impact of dependability-raising techniques on performance computing
  • Reliability assessment in emerging technologies
  • Dependability requirements and design for dependability for space applications
  • Reliability aspects in reconfigurable systems
  • Dependability issues in distributed computing and networks of sensors
This special session will attempt to gather together experts in dependability aspects pertaining to emerging technologies in order to introduce and discuss the important open technical problems in dependable computing. It will also attempt to identify concrete research problems from the industry that would benefit from the involvement of the academia.

Paper submissions are due by the CF’06 conference’s deadline of December 16, 2005. Late submissions for this session should be e-mailed as .pdf files directly to Lucian Prodan at See the CF’06 website for additional instructions for authors. Accepted papers will be published in the CF’06 proceedings.