SPLASH 2021
Sun 17 - Fri 22 October 2021 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Reactive programming and event-based programming are two closely related programming styles that are becoming ever more important with the advent of advanced HPC technology and the ever increasing requirement for our applications to run on the web or on collaborating mobile devices. A number of publications on middleware and language design — so-called reactive and event-based languages and systems (REBLS) — have already seen the light, but the field still raises several questions. For example, the interaction with mainstream language concepts is poorly understood, implementation technology is in its infancy and modularity mechanisms are almost totally lacking. Moreover, large applications are still to be developed and patterns and tools for developing reactive applications is an area that is vastly unexplored.

This workshop will gather researchers in reactive and event-based languages and systems. The goal of the workshop is to exchange new technical research results and to define better the field by coming up with taxonomies and overviews of the existing work.

This program is tentative and subject to change.

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09:00 - 10:20
Welcome to REBLS & KeynoteREBLS at Zurich G
09:00
10m
Day opening
Welcome to REBLS
REBLS
Louis Mandel IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
09:10
60m
Keynote
Specification and End-to-End Proof of a Reactive Language and its CompilerKeynote
REBLS
10:50 - 12:10
Session 1REBLS at Zurich G
10:50
25m
Talk
Dyninka: a FaaS framework for distributed dataflow applications
REBLS
Patrik Fortier INSA Lyon, Frédéric Le Mouël INSA Lyon, Julien Ponge Red Hat, Inc.
11:15
25m
Talk
Poker: Visual Instrumentation of Reactive Programs With Programmable Probes
REBLS
Cloé Descheemaeker Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sam Van den Vonder Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Thierry Renaux Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Wolfgang De Meuter Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pre-print
11:40
25m
Talk
ShapeRank: Rank Polymorphism meets Reactive Streams
REBLS
Gilad Bracha g.bracha@f5.com
13:50 - 15:10
Session 2REBLS at Zurich G
13:50
25m
Talk
Trampoline Variables: A General Method for State Accumulation in Reactive Programming
REBLS
Bjarno Oeyen Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sam Van den Vonder Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Wolfgang De Meuter Vrije Universiteit Brussel
14:15
25m
Talk
Symmetric Distributed Applications
REBLS
Francisco Sant'Anna Rio de Janeiro State University, Rodrigo Santos Microsoft, Noemi Rodriguez PUC-Rio
14:40
25m
Talk
Analysing the performance and costs of reactive programming libraries in Java
REBLS
Julien Ponge Red Hat, Inc., Arthur Navarro Red Hat, Clément Escoffier Red Hat, Frédéric Le Mouël INSA Lyon
15:40 - 17:00
Session 3REBLS at Zurich G

Call for Papers

A number of publications on middleware and language design – so-called reactive and event-based languages and systems (REBLS) – have already seen the light, but the field still raises several questions. For example, the interaction with mainstream language concepts is poorly understood, implementation technology is still lacking, and modularity mechanisms remain largely unexplored. Moreover, large applications are still to be developed, and, consequently, patterns and tools for developing large reactive applications are still in their infancy.

This workshop will gather researchers in reactive and event-based languages and systems. The goal of the workshop is to exchange new technical research results and to better define the field by developing taxonomies and discussing overviews of the existing work.

We welcome all submissions on reactive programming, functional reactive programming, and event- and aspect- oriented systems, including but not limited to:

  • Language design, implementation, runtime systems, program analysis, software metrics, patterns and benchmarks.

  • Formal models for reactive and event-based programming.

  • Study of the paradigm: interaction of reactive and event-based programming with existing language features such as object-oriented programming, pure functional programming, mutable state, concurrency.

  • Modularity and abstraction mechanisms in large systems.

  • Advanced event systems, event quantification, event composition, aspect-oriented programming for reactive applications.

  • Functional Reactive Programming (FRP), self-adjusting computation and incremental computing.

  • Synchronous languages, modeling and verification of real-time systems, safety-critical reactive and embedded systems.

  • Applications, case studies that show the efficacy of reactive programming.

  • Empirical studies that motivate further research in the field.

  • Patterns and best-practices.

  • Related fields, such as complex event processing, reactive data structures, view maintenance, constraint-based languages, and their integration with reactive programming.

  • Implementation technology, language runtimes, virtual machine support, compilers.

  • IDEs, Tools.

The format of the workshop is that of a mini-conference where participants present their work. Because of the declarative nature of reactive programs, it is often hard to understand their semantics just by looking at the code. We therefore also encourage authors to use their slots for presenting their work based on live demos.

Submissions

REBLS encourages submissions of two types of papers:

  • Full papers: papers that describe complete research results. These papers will be published in the ACM digital library.

  • In-progress papers: papers that have the potential of triggering an interesting discussion at the workshop or present new ideas that require further systematic investigation. These papers will not be published in the ACM digital library.

Format

  • Submissions should use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference acmart Format with the two-column, sigplan Subformat, 10 point font, using Biolinum as sans-serif font and Libertine as serif font. All submissions should be in PDF format. If you use LaTeX or Word, please use the ACM SIGPLAN acmart Templates. The page http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/#acmart-format contains instructions for authors, and a package that includes an example file acmart-sigplan.tex.

  • Authors are required to explicitly specify the type of paper in the submission (i.e., full paper, in-progress paper).

  • Full papers can be up to 12 pages in length, excluding references. In-progress papers can be up to 6 pages, excluding references. Papers do not need to make use of all pages, but they will be summarily rejected if they exceed the page limits.

Instructions for Authors