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The SPLASH Submission Clock is Ticking

I’ve previously written about the SPLASH Conference and why you might consider writing for it. Now, is the time to get serious as April 8, 2011 is the submission deadline for the major SPLASH conference tracks. If your aren’t familiar with SPLASH, here is how the SPLASH website describes itself:

Since 2010 SPLASH is the new umbrella conference for OOPSLA and Onward!. This year it features a third technical track, Wavefront, designed to publish innovative work closely related to advanced development and production software. SPLASH takes on the notable track record of OOPSLA as a premier forum for software innovation, while broadening the scope of the conference  into new topics beyond objects and new forms of contributions.

The overall theme of the conference is The Internet as the world-wide Virtual Machine.  This theme captures the change in the order of magnitude of computing that happened over the past few years. These days software systems are rarely designed in isolation; they connect to pieces written by 3rd parties, they communicate with other pieces over the Internet, they use big data produced elsewhere, they touch millions of interacting users through an ever larger variety of physical devices… in other words, the “machine” is now a global computing network. What does this entail for software development itself?

SPLASH’s mission is to engage software innovators from all walks of life in conversations about bettering software. This involves new ideas about programming languages, tools, conceptual models, and methodologies that can cope with, evolve, and leverage, the complex world-wide Virtual Machine that is emerging in front of our eyes. With the contributions of many volunteers, we are putting together another exciting program for next year. We look forward to your contributions.

The SPLASH Call for Papers describe the various tracks and their  submission procedures.  I’m the program chair of the new Wavefront track where we are  looking for submissions describing innovative real world (and particularly web-related) software innovations:

Wavefront seeks papers that describe original and innovative architecture, design, and/or implementation techniques used in actual leading-edge software system. Submissions from practicing software developers are strongly encouraged. Research or advanced development papers must address a problem of immediate concern for such systems and present immediately applicable results.

Our goal with Wavefront is to engage the software developers who are actually creating  next generation of software systems and to make sure  that their innovations are captured in the technical archives of computing.  So if you are creating such systems please consider submitting.  And please note that for Wavefront you don’t have to have your complete paper finished by April 8.  Wavefront is accepting 2-5 page extended abstracts and if your abstract is accepted we will  shepherd you through the process of creating a high quality technical paper. I highly recommend that you take advantage of this option if this is your first submission to a publication-oriented technical conference. Additional details can be found in the Wavefront Call for Papers.

I look forward to receiving your submissions.  If you have any questions about Wavefront please email me.

Allen Wirfs-Brock
2011 SPLASH/Wavefront Program Chair

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