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SPACE 2006

Third workshop on

January 14, 2006
Charleston, South Carolina

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Memory management is a difficult engineering task. We desperately need new tools and analyses that can identify memory management errors in low-level C/C++ code, such as dereferencing a pointer to an object that has been recycled or failing to reclaim an object. We also need new data structures and algorithms to avoid overheads such as fragmentation and synchronization. High-level languages such as Java or ML insulate the programmer from many of these problems through automatic memory management techniques (e.g., garbage collection). But standard GC techniques are not always suitable for all domains. For instance, programmers for embedded and real-time systems need static guarantees about resource requirements that are difficult to meet with standard collection algorithms. New languages, logics, analyses, and type systems are needed that let us reason about the management of memory, time, and other critical resources, whether using manual or automatic methods. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers for a fruitful exchange of ideas on semantics, program analysis and computing environments for memory management.

SCOPE: Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

TIME AND PLACE: The workshop takes place in Charleston, South Carolina on January 14, 2006. It is co-located with POPL 2006, which takes place January 11-13, 2006.


FORMAT: The workshop will consist of:

The long papers will be selected by a program committee and only "lightly" reviewed. Our goal in selecting papers is to meet our time requirements and present a balanced program. We hope to include all of the short presentations, but may be forced to select a subset depending on the number of submissions. Again, our goal is to have a productive, interactive workshop.

At lunch-time, participants will be able to sign up for a "5-minute madness" talk slot (as time permits). These talks will be limited to at most 2 viewgraphs and are meant to give a brief, perhaps provocative, viewpoint on the research issues in memory management and to spark conversation. A moderator will limit time according to the excitement generated by the presentation.

INFORMAL PROCEEDINGS: We will distribute an informal proceedings at the workshop only. We do not consider the proceedings to be a formal (citable) publication so that any works in progress presented here may be submitted later for formal publication.

The informal proceedings for the workshop will consist of the accepted papers, and titles and abstracts for the short presentations.

SUBMISSION DETAILS: Submission is now closed.

INVITED SPEAKERS: Radu Rugina will be giving a talk on using static analysis for memory error detection and memory reclamation.


Full papers: Short papers:

PROGRAM: The SPACE'06 program is now available.

INFORMATION: Please refer to the workshop home page at for up-to-date information on location, invited talks, participation, and so on.

REGISTRATION: For information on registration, accommodation etc, please refer to the POPL 2006 conference web pages.




PREVIOUS SPACE WORKSHOPS: The first SPACE workshop was held in connection with POPL 2001 at Imperial College, London, January 15-16, 2001. The second SPACE workshop was held in connection with POPL 2004 in Venice, Italy, January 12, 2004.

Updated by mael 2005-10-27