Call for Papers: Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Submitted by Ed Gehringer
September 1, 2013

Submitted by Ed Gehringer

Held in conjunction with the
23rd International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Applications
Porto, Portugal, 1 September 2013


WCAE provides the premier forum for educators in computer architecture to
discuss and share their experiences and teaching philosophy. Past WCAEs have
been held in conjunction with HPCA, ISCA, and Micro.

Over 200 papers on computer architecture education have been presented at the
workshop since its inception in 1995. The goal is for participants to come away
from the workshop with new ideas on delivering courses in computer
architecture. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following.

Topics of interest

* New approaches to introductory courses
* Advanced courses
* Development of materials for active learning
* Laboratory support for distance education

* Textbook development
* Textbook selection
* Critical evaluation of textbook approaches

* Integration of research into teaching
* Industrial support for teaching
* Interdepartmental issues (CS/ECE)
* National differences in curricula

* Hardware tools
* Simulators and other software tools
* Prototyping
* Visualization aids

* Using FPGAs to teach computer-architecture concepts
* FPGAs as a vehicle to teach advanced architecture features

* Teaching about multicore/many-core issues and GPUs
* Architectural and software issues specific to embedded systems

* Encouraging students to do research
* Encouraging students to pursue the Ph.D.

Submission of contributions

Interested authors should submit a full paper (not to exceed 8 pages),
following the formatting instructions given in the files in

Industry Participation

We encourage participation by book publishers, computer manufacturers, software
vendors, or companies which develop or market products used in the delivery of
computer architecture education. Any company interested in participating in the
workshop should contact the organizers at the addresses below.

Important Dates

Submission Due Date: Tuesday, 6 August 2013, 11:59 PM Samoa Time (UTC-11)
Author Notification: Friday, 16 August 2013
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, 23 August 2013

Copies of papers presented at the workshop will be made available at the
workshop, and through the ACM Digital Library

Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University,, +1 919-515-2066

João Cardoso, FEUP/University of Porto, Portugal,

Program Committee

João Cardoso, FEUP/University of Porto, Portugal
Dan Connors, University of Colorado, Denver
James Conrad, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dan Ernst, Cray Research Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University
Bharat Joshi, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Nirav Kapadia, Unisys Corporation
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Ron Sass, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University

Call for Papers: EMBS at ACM SAC 2014

Submitted by Alessio Bechini
March 24 to March 28, 2014

Submitted by Alessio Bechini

29th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Gyeongju, Korea, March 24-28, 2014

New Perspectives
for Hardware, System Software, and Applications

High performance embedded computing has recently become more and more present in
devices used in everyday life. A wide variety of applications, from consumer
electronics to biomedical systems, require building up powerful yet cheap
embedded devices. In this context, embedded software has turned out to be more
and more complex, posing new challenging issues. The adoption of further
flexible programming paradigms/architectures is becoming almost mandatory.
Nonetheless, even nowadays the development of embedded systems must rely on a
tight coupling of hardware and software components. Moreover, the market
pressure calls for the employment of new methodologies for shortening the
development time, and for driving the evolution of existing products.
New efficient solutions to problems emerging in this setting can be put into
action by means of a joint effort of academia and industry.

Design of embedded systems must take into account a wide variety of constraints:
performance, code size, power consumption, presence of real-time tasks,
robustness, maintainability, security, and possibly scalability. The more
convenient trade-off has to be found, often operating on a large number of
different parameters. In this scenario, solutions can be proposed at different
levels of abstraction, making use of an assortment of tools and methodologies:
researchers and practitioners have a chance to propose new ideas and to compare

The focus of this conference track is on the application of both novel and
well-known techniques to the embedded systems development. Particular attention
is paid to solutions that require expertise in different fields
(e.g. computer architecture, OS, compilers, security, software engineering,
simulation). The track will benefit also from direct experiences in the
employment of embedded devices in “unconventional” application areas, so
to show up new challenges in the system design/development process.
In this setting, researchers and practitioners from academia and industry will
get a chance to keep in touch with problems, open issues and future directions
in the field of development of dedicated applications for embedded systems.

Topics of Interest

* Methodologies and tools for design-space exploration
* System-level design and simulation techniques for Embedded Systems
* OS & Real-Time support for Embedded Systems
* Verification, validation, testing, debugging, and performance analysis of
Embedded Systems
* Cyber physical systems and networked sensor devices
* Multicore, SoC-based, and heterogeneous Embedded Systems and applications
* Time-predictable computer architecture
* GPU computing in Embedded Systems applications
* Memory/storage management for Embedded Systems
* Power-aware design and computing
* Runtime adaptability in Embedded Systems
* Middleware and virtual machines in Embedded Systems
* Multithreading in Embedded Systems design and development
* Compilation strategies, code transformation and parallelization for Embedded
* Java embedded computing
* Software architectures and SOA for Embedded Systems
* Data management in Embedded Systems
* Embedded Systems as components in Information Systems
* Multimedia in Embedded Systems
* Reliability in Embedded Computing and Systems
* Security within Embedded Systems and Embedded Systems for security
* Safety-critical Embedded Systems
* Special-purpose appliances and applications
* Case studies

Important dates (PAPERS & SRC ABSTRACTS)

* September 13th, 2013: Paper Submission
* November 15th, 2013: Author Notification
* December 6th, 2013: Camera-Ready Copies

Paper Submissions

Only papers based on original, unpublished work and addressing the listed
topics of interest will be considered.

Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process.
In order to facilitate blind review, the author(s) name(s) and address(es) must
NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third
person. Only the title should be shown at the first page without the author’s
Please note that submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed.

Upon acceptance, paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the
paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC
MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be
included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and
posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Submissions are accepted only in electronic form, through the SAC web submission
system at
Submissions must follow the template reported here:
Camera-ready papers can be up to 6 pages long according to the conference
template; up to 2 extra pages are allowed, at an additional fee of 80 USD per
extra page (this last figure will be confirmed later).

SAC also hosts a poster session; authors of relevant papers that are positively
evaluated, but cannot be included in the conference because of space limits,
can be invited to provide their contribution in the form of a poster. A poster
contribution is given a two-page space in the official SAC proceedings, and
possibly an extra page is allowed (with the same rules used for regular papers).

Student Research Competition at ACM SAC

Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on their
research ideas are invited to submit abstracts of their original unpublished and
in-progress research work in areas of experimental computing and application
development related to SAC 2013 Tracks. The Student Research Competition (SRC)
program is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to meet and
exchange ideas with researcher and practitioners in their areas of interest.

All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers and
practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which they are
submitted. Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give
poster presentations of their work and compete for three top winning places.
The SRC committee will evaluate and select First, Second, and Third place
winners. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition
certificates during the conference banquet dinner. Authors of selected abstracts
are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for support.

Submission – Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts (minimum of two
pages; maximum of four pages) of their original unpublished and in-progress
research work following the instructions published at SAC 2013 web-site.
The submissions must address research work related to a SAC track, with emphasis
on the innovation behind the research idea, including the problem being
investigated, the proposed approach and research methodology, and sample
preliminary results of the work. In addition, the abstract should reflect on the
originality of the work, innovation of the approach, and applicability of
anticipated results to real-world problems. All abstracts must be submitted
thought the START Submission system, at

Please note SRCs and regular papers must be submitted at different pages of the
START web system.
Submitting the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.

It is recommended to refer to the official SRC Information Sheet
for further details.

Track Chairs & Program Committee


Alessio Bechini – Univ. of Pisa – Italy
Li-Pin Chang – National Chiao-Tung University – Taiwan

Program Committee:

Peter Altenbernd – University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt – Germany
Erik Altman – IBM T.J. Watson Research Center – USA
Sandro Bartolini – University of Siena – Italy
Valerie Bertin – ST Microelectronics – France
João M. P. Cardoso – University of Porto – Portugal
Naehyuck Chang – Seoul National University – Korea
Mingsong Chen – East China Normal University – China
Alexander G. Dean – North Carolina State University – USA
Lavinia Egidi – University of Eastern Piedmont – Italy
Marc Engels – Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre, Leuven – Belgium
Pierfrancesco Foglia – University of Pisa – Italy
Gerhard Fohler – TU Kaiserslautern – Germany
Björn Franke – University of Edinburgh – UK
Malay Ganai – NEC labs America – USA
Catherine H. Gebotys – University of Waterloo – Canada
Roberto Giorgi – University of Siena – Italy
Matthias Gries – Intel Labs – Germany
Zonghua Gu – Zhejiang University, Hangzhou – China
Raphael Guerra – Universidade Federal Fluminense – Brasil
Rajiv Gupta – University of California Riverside – USA
Frank Hannig – University of Erlangen-Nuremberg – Germany
Niraj K. Jha – Princeton University – USA
Per Gunnar Kjeldsberg – Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology,
Trondheim – Norway
Andreas Krall – TU Wien – Austria
Arindam Mallik – IMEC – Belgium
Claire Pagetti – ONERA – France
Sri Parameswaran – Univ. of New South Wales – Australia
Andy D. Pimentel – University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Christine Rochange – IRIT – France
Bastian Schlich – ABB Corporate Research – Germany
Martin Schoeberl – DTU – Denmark
Henk Sips – TU Delft – The Netherlands
Jean-Pierre Talpin – INRIA/IRISA – France
Hiroyuki Tomiyama – Ritsumeikan University – Japan
Yi Wang – Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong
Ning Weng – Southern Illinois University Carbondale – USA
Tilman Wolf – University of Massachusetts Amherst – USA
I-Ling Yen – University of Texas at Dallas – USA
Wang Yi – Uppsala University – Sweden

Call for Papers: ASPLOS 2014

Submitted by Niti Madan
March 1 to March 5, 2014

Submitted by Niti Madan
19th International Conference on Architectural Support
for Programming Languages and Operating Systems

March 1-5, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Abstract Deadline July 17, 2013, 5pm EDT
Full Paper Submission Deadline July 24, 2013, 5pm EDT
Author Response Period October 7 to 11, 2013
Notification Nov 8, 2013
Accepted papers will be available in the ACM digital library up to
two weeks prior to the conference.

ASPLOS is the premier forum for multidisciplinary systems research
spanning computer architecture and hardware, programming languages
and compilers, operating systems and networking, as well as
applications and user interfaces. The research may target diverse
goals such as performance, energy and thermal efficiency,
resiliency, security, and sustainability. The importance of
such crosscutting research continues to grow as we grapple
with the end of Dennard scaling, the explosion of big data,
scales ranging from ultra-low power wearable devices to
exascale parallel and cloud computers, the need for
sustainability, and increasingly humancentered applications.
ASPLOS embraces systems research that directly targets these
new problems in new ways.
ASPLOS 2014 invites papers on groundbreaking research on current
and future computer systems.
Submissions should emphasize synergy of at least two ASPLOS
disciplines: architecture, programming languages, operating systems,
and related areas. Nontraditional topics are especially encouraged.
The review process will be sensitive to the challenges of
multidisciplinary work in emerging areas. Areas of interest include,
but are not limited to:
* emerging platforms at all scales; e.g., networks of embedded
devices, multicore client devices, and cloud systems
* applications and systems that address social, educational, and
environmental challenges
* programming and compilation for existing and emerging platforms
* managing, storing, and computing on big data
* virtualization, memory, and storage technologies and architectures
* power, energy, and thermal management
* security, reliability, and availability
* verification and testing
* heterogeneous architectures and accelerators
* new computing models

Submission instructions:

Submission website:

General CoChairs: Rajeev Balasubramonian and Al Davis, University of Utah
Program Chair: Sarita Adve, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Program committee:
Sarita Adve, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
David F. Bacon, IBM Research
Emery Berger, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Francois Bodin, Irisa
Calin Cascaval, Qualcomm
Luis Ceze, University of Washington
Brad Chen, Google
Trishul Chilimbi, Microsoft Research
Sandhya Dwarkadas, University of Rochester
Krisztian Flautner, ARM
Tim Harris, Oracle Labs
Mark Hill, University of Wisconsin
Mary Jane Irwin, Pennsylvania State University
Ravi Iyer, Intel Corp.
Martha Kim, Columbia University
Eddie Kohler, Harvard University
John Kubiatowicz, University of California, Berkeley
David Lie, University of Toronto
Shan Lu, University of Wisconsin
Debbie Marr, Intel Corp.
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
Kathryn S. McKinley, Microsoft Research
Santosh Nagarakatte, Rutgers University
Satish Narayanasamy, University of Michigan
Vijay Pai, Purdue University
Keshav Pingali, University of Texas at Austin
Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan, HP Labs
Karin Strauss, Microsoft Research/University of Washington
Martin Vechev, ETH
Carl Waldspurger
Tom Wenisch, University of Michigan
Emmett Witchel, Univerity of Texas at Austin
Lin Zhong, Rice University
Yuanyuan Zhou, University of California, San Diego
Willy Zwaenepoel, EPFL