The 2016 International Workshop on Modularity Across the System Stack (MASS)

affiliated with Modularity'16

Malaga, Spain


The preliminary program is now online. We are excited to have 2 keynote speeches, 1 panel, and 8 paper presentations!

Themes and Goals

The landscape of computation platforms has changed dramatically in recent years. Emerging systems --- such as wearable devices, smartphones, unmanned aerial vehicles, Internet of things, cloud computing servers, heterogeneous clusters, and data centers --- pose a distinct set of system-oriented challenges ranging from data throughput, energy efficiency, security, real-time guarantees, to high performance. In the meantime, modularity remains a cornerstone in modern software engineering, bringing in crucial benefits such as modular reasoning, improved program understanding, and collaborative software development. Current methodologies and software development technologies should be revised in order to produce software to meet system-oriented goals. The role of the Software Engineer is essential, having to be aware of the implications that each design, architecture and implementation decision has on the application-system ecosystem.

This workshop is driven by one fundamental question: How does modularity interact with system-oriented goals? We welcome both positive and negative responses to this question. An example of the former would be modular reasoning systems specifically designed to promote system-oriented goals, whereas an example of the latter would be anti-patterns against system-oriented goals during modular software development. More concretely, areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Energy-aware software engineering (e.g. energy efficiency models, energy efficiency as a quality attribute, energy-aware self-adaptation)
  • Modularity support for energy-conscious and resource-constrained applications
  • Modularity support (e.g., programming language design and verification) for Big Data applications
  • Modularity support for high-performance, distributed, and heterogeneous applications
  • Software architecture for reusability and adaptability in systems and their interactions with applications
  • Modular security support (e.g., compositional information flow, compositional program analysis)
  • Modular real-time systems
  • Modular design interfacing applications and operating systems
  • Modular design interfacing software and hardware
  • Modularity support on emerging platforms (e.g., Internet of Things and wearable devices)
  • Empirical studies (patterns and anti-patterns) on the relationship between modularity and system-oriented goals
  • Software engineering techniques to balance the trade-off between modularity and efficiency
  • Memory bloats and long-tail performance problems across modular boundaries
  • Program optimization across modular boundaries
  • Modularity in systems software
  • Reasoning across applications, compilers, and virtual machines
In a nutshell, we welcome all work sharing the spirit of Modularity Meets Systems.


MASS is designed to stimulate interactions and debates in an informal environment. We welcome papers that identify new problems or report work in progress. A good MASS submission should be interesting, concrete, and clear. It does not need to describe a complete solution. Specifically,
  • MASS accepts both regular papers and position papers.
  • Regular papers must not exceed 6 pages in length (including all references and appendixes), and short papers must not exceed 2 pages in length.
  • All submissions should follow the ACM SIGPLAN format. Latex users please use the sigplanconf, 9pt font option.
  • Papers previously published or already being reviewed by another conference are not eligible.
  • At the discretion of the authors, accepted papers may be included in ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted papers who wish to have their papers in the ACM Digital Library will be asked to transfer copyright to the ACM.
  • Submission site here.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: January 29, 2016 (extended)
  • Paper notification date: February 11, 2016
  • Paper camera-ready deadline: February 22, 2016
  • Workshop: March 14, 2016 (tentative)


Program Chair

Program Committee

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