Call for Nominations: ACM SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award

Submitted by Natalie Enright Jerger

Submitted by Natalie Enright Jerger

ACM SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award

Nomination Deadline: April 8, 2016

This annual award is presented to an individual who has contributed important service to the computer architecture community.

Recipients receive a memento engraved with their name along with a $1000 honorarium. The award is presented by the SIGARCH chair at ISCA during ISCA’s award presentation session. The award recipient also receives up to $2000 towards support for travel costs, including airfare, hotel, and conference registration for ISCA. The recipient is listed with a citation for their award on the SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award web page. The list of past award
recipients is at

The selection committee consists of 3 or more members and is appointed by the
SIGARCH chair. The committee typically includes recent recipients of the award
and current SIGARCH executive committee members. The committee solicits
nominations from the computer architecture community in a variety of ways
including announcements in SIGARCH’s newsletter and postings on appropriate
newsgroups and websites. The committee considers all external nominations, plus
any internal nominations from members of the committee, in the context of the
nominees’ specific and general service contributions to the computer
architecture community.


Nominations can be submitted at any time to the committee chair (Norm Jouppi, Nominations submitted by April 8th will be considered for this
year’s award. A nomination for the distinguished service award that is not
awarded will remain valid for 3 years.

Each nomination should consist of the following items:
– Name, address, phone number, and email address of the person making the
nomination (the nominator).
– Name, address, phone number, and email address of the candidate for whom
an award is recommended (the nominee).
– A short statement (200-500 words) explaining why the nominee deserves the
award in question.
– Names and email addresses of 4-7 people who the nominator believes will
support the nomination.
– The awards committee will ask some of these people for their opinions.

Self-nominations are not allowed.

The 2016 selection committee is:
– Norman P. Jouppi (chair), Google,
– Trevor Mudge,
 University of Michigan,
– David Brooks,
 Harvard University,

Call For Papers: Workshop on Multicore and Rack-scale Systems

Submitted by Boris Grot
February 5, 2016

Submitted by Boris Grot

Workshop on Multicore and Rack-scale Systems (MARS)
co-located with EuroSys 2016
London, UK
April 18, 2016

Submission deadline: February 5, 2016
Acceptance Notification: March 9, 2016
Workshop date: April 18, 2016

Present and future multi-core architectures pose a variety of challenges for
system developers: non-cache-coherent memory, heterogeneous processing cores
and the exploitation of novel architectural features, such as systems-on-chip
(SoCs), distributed switching fabrics, silicon photonics, and programmable
hardware. In the near future, we expect to see “rack-scale computers” with
1,000s of cores and terabytes of memory, connected with bandwidth and latency
comparable to today’s smaller-scale NUMA servers.

MaRS 2016 is a forum for researchers in the hardware, networking, storage,
operating systems, language runtime and virtual machine communities to present
their experiences with and discuss innovative designs and implementations for
these new architectures.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– novel multi-core and rack-scale operating system designs,
– System-on-chip (SoC) and Network-on-chip (NoC) designs,
– runtime systems and programming environments for future hardware,
– low-latency and optical networking,
– OS or runtime support for heterogeneous processing cores,
– non-cache-coherent shared memory,
– scheduling on many-core and rack-scale architectures,
– programmable hardware,
– energy efficiency, fault tolerance and resource management on
future multi-core and rack-scale architectures,
– rack-scale storage,
– performance evaluation of emerging hardware,
– architectural support for systems-level software,
– case studies of system-level software design for current or future
multi-core and rack-scale hardware, and
– applications for and experiences with multi-core and rack-scale

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished work that exposes a
new problem, advocates a specific solution, or reports on actual experience.
Papers should be submitted using the standard two-column ACM SIG proceedings
or SIG alternate template, and are limited to 5 pages (including everything
except references). Additional pages can be used for references if required.
Papers that violate the submission guidelines may be rejected without
consideration of their merit.

Final papers will be made available to participants electronically at the
meeting, but to facilitate resubmission to more formal venues, no archival
proceedings will be published, and papers will not be sent to the ACM Digital
Library. Authors will be given the option of having their final paper
accessible from the workshop website. Authors of accepted papers will be
invited to give a talk at the workshop.

If you are interested in giving a talk at MaRS 2016, please submit a one-page
abstract instead of a full paper. Authors of accepted papers/talks will also
be invited to present a poster and/or demo in the EuroSys ’16 joint poster
session. Student speakers will be eligible to apply for EuroSys travel grants
to attend.

Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh)
Simon Peter (UT Austin)
Chris Rossbach (VMware and UT Austin)

Program Committee:
Mahesh Balakrishnan (Yale)
Antonio Barbalace (Virginia Tech)
Taesoo Kim (Georgia Tech)
Mark Oskin (University of Washington)
Mark Silberstein (Technion)
Cheng-Chun Tu (VMware)
John Wilkes (Google)
Bernard Wong (University of Waterloo)

Call for Nominations: ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award 2016

Submitted by Margaret Martonosi

Submitted by Margaret Martonosi

ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award


The award of $2,500 is given annually for an outstanding contribution to
computer architecture made by an individual whose computer-related
professional career (graduate school or full-time employment, whichever began
first) started no earlier than January 1st of the year that is 20 years prior
to the year of the award (At the discretion of the SIGARCH Executive
Committee, eligibility may be adjusted for documented family-related or
medical leaves from employment. Questions about eligibility should be directed
to the SIGARCH Chair (

The award is presented annually at the International Symposium on Computer
Architecture Awards Banquet. This year’s recipient will be invited to accept
the award at ISCA 2016.

Nominations should consist of:
1) Name, address, and phone number of person making the nomination.
2) Name and address of candidate for whom the award is recommended.
3) A statement (between 200 and 500 words long) as to why the candidate
deserves the award. Note that since the award is for an outstanding
contribution, the statement and supporting letters should address what the
contribution is and why it is both outstanding and significant.
4) The name(s) and email address(es) or telephone number(s) of others who
agree with the recommendation. Supporting letters from such persons are
useful but not required.
5) A statement regarding the nominee’s specific year of eligibility. That is,
when did they begin their computer-related professional career, and are there
any circumstances for which the 20 years of eligibility should be adjusted?

Please send nominations (preferably electronically) no later than March 15,
2016 to the Chair of the Nominating Committee (

Margaret Martonosi (chair), Princeton University
Per Stenstrom, Chalmers University of Technology
Babak Falsafi, Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne

Call for Proposals: 2016 Fellowships in ACM History

Submitted by Sarita Adve
February 1, 2016

Submitted by Sarita Adve

2016 Fellowships in ACM History

Proposals due: February 1, 2016

ACM will support up to four research projects with awards of up to $4,000
each. Successful candidates may be of any rank, from graduate students
through senior researchers. See the list of past supported projects at

Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 750-word project description
– describes the proposed research;
– identifies specific ACM historical materials, whether traditional archival
collections or online historical materials (oral histories, digitized
conference papers, ACM organizational records, etc.);
– discusses project outcomes (e.g. journal article, book or dissertation
chapter, teaching resource, museum exhibit, website); and
– outlines a timeline for completing the project—generally within 12 months.

In preparing a proposal, applicants should examine the document “ACM Research
Materials” posted at as well as
“Sources for ACM History,” CACM 50 #5 (May 2007): 36-41 Other research materials relating
to ACM may also be used. Applicants should include a letter of endorsement
from their home institution or an external scholarly reference.

Proposals are due by 1 February 2016. Proposals should be submitted as a
single pdf-format document to Notification of
awards will be made within 8 weeks.

The current and past winners of the fellowship can be found at

Call for Participation: ACM Workshop on Oral History

Submitted by Sarita Adve
January 15, 2016

Submitted by Sarita Adve

ACM Workshop on Oral History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Friday, May 12-13, 2016

Project proposal deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016

Applications are invited to a 1.5 day oral history workshop, to be held
Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, 2016 at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For each successful application, one person’s
expenses for workshop travel, lodging, and meals will be paid by the ACM
History Committee. The workshop will be led by Mary Marshall Clark, director
of the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH); see

Who should attend?
ACM members and others who are planning or actually doing oral history
projects. The audience is people who are performing interviews for oral
histories, or thinking about doing so. The workshop should be of special
interest to ACM officers and staff, SIG leaders, historically minded ACM
members, and others working on oral history projects. Priority will be given
to ACM members and members of other national computer societies affiliated
with the ACM, but some places have been reserved for non-affiliated
individuals who are actively engaged in oral history projects.

Workshop topics and activities include:
– developing an oral history program;
– presentation and training on oral history processes and principles;
– hands-on exercises interviewing each other;
– analysis and discussion of the exercises;
– how to analyze results, findings and evaluate an oral history project;
– practical considerations: lessons learned and best practices; and
– ample networking time, including lunches and the workshop dinner.
Participants will leave with a “tool kit” of practical, useful procedures as
well as insight into professional oral history practices.

Small workshop format will permit maximum hands-on experience and personal
interaction. We are planning for 16 participants.

The ACM History Committee will fund travel, hotel and meals for accepted
invitees. Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 250-word proposed
project and/or oral history interest description that
(1) explains the significance of a proposed oral history project (if
applicable), potential uses of the techniques learned, and its importance;
(2) affirms your willingness to participate fully in the 1.5 day agenda.

Project proposals are due by Friday, January 15, 2016. Proposals should be
submitted as a single PDF document to Notification
of project acceptance will be made within eight weeks.

Questions about the workshop or requests for clarification may be directed, at
any time, to

Call for papers: SPAA 2016

Submitted by Nodari Sitchinava
November 25 to February 5, 2016

28th ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA 2016)
Asilomar State Beach, California, USA
July 11-13, 2016

Regular paper submission deadline: Feb 5, 11:59pm HAST
Brief announcements submission deadline: Feb 26, 11:59pm HAST
Rebuttal period: March 22-25
Notification: April 11

Submissions are sought in all areas of parallel algorithms and architectures,
broadly construed, including both theoretical and experimental perspectives.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– Parallel and Distributed Algorithms
– Parallel and Distributed Data Structures
– Parallel Complexity Theory
– Scheduling in Parallel Systems
– Specification and Verification of Concurrent Systems
– Parallel and Distributed Architectures
– Multiprocessor and Multicore Architectures
– Transactional Memory Hardware and Software
– Instruction Level Parallelism and VLSI
– Compilers and Tools for Concurrent Programming
– Algorithms for GPUs and Other Alternative Parallel Architectures
– High-Performance Parallel Computing and Architectures
– Green & Power-Efficient Algorithms and Architectures
– Biological Distributed Algorithms
– Network Algorithms
– Algorithms for Routing and Information Dissemination
– Peer-to-Peer Systems
– Fault-tolerance and Reliability
– Security and Privacy in Distributed and Parallel Systems
– Parallel/Distributed Computational Learning
– Parallel/Distributed issues in Big Data
– Resource Management and Awareness

Regular papers:
Regular papers should report on original research, submitted exclusively to
this conference. Submissions may not exceed ten (10) single-spaced
double-column pages. (Papers will be judged based on their quality and not
their length—short papers are welcome.) The title page, bibliography and
designated figure pages (containing only figures) are not counted toward the
ten pages. (Illustrative figures are encouraged.) All necessary details to
substantiate the main claims of the paper should be included in a clearly
marked appendix. Regular papers will be allotted up to 10 pages in the
proceedings. Every regular paper is eligible for the best paper award.

Brief announcements:
SPAA also solicits brief announcements that raise issues of interest to the
SPAA community. Brief announcements may not exceed two pages. Examples of good
brief announcements include: (i) papers previously published elsewhere of
interest to SPAA, (ii) work in progress, (iii) announcement of tools/libraries,
(iv) challenge problems posed to the community, (v) corrections to earlier
results. Brief announcements may also include smaller results of interest.

Authors may request that a regular paper be considered as a brief announcement.
As far as possible, the program committee will remain blind to this request
until status as a regular paper has been resolved. Such a request will not
affect the chances of the manuscript to be accepted as a regular paper.

Papers should be submitted in standard ACM format, i.e., 9-point font on 8.5×11
inch pages. For detailed submission instructions and formatting, please see
conference web site.

Program Chair:
Seth Gilbert (NUS)

General Chair:
Christian Scheideler (Univ. of Paderborn)

Local Arrangements:
Bradley Kuszmaul (MIT)

David Bunde (Knox College)

Publicity Chair:
Nodari Sitchinava (Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa)

Jeremy Fineman (Georgetown Univ.)

Program Committee:
Dan Alistarh (Microsoft Research)
Yossi Azar (Tel Aviv Univ.)
Michael Bender (Stony Brook Univ.)
Costas Busch (Louisiana State Univ.)
Yuval Emek (Technion)
Antonio Fernández Anta (IMDEA)
Jeremy Fineman (Georgetown Univ.)
Phil Gibbons (CMU)
Seth Gilbert (NUS)
Magnús M. Halldórsson (Reykjavík University)
Stephan Holzer (MIT)
Fabian Kuhn (Univ. of Freiburg)
Yossi Lev (Oracle)
Ishai Menache (Microsoft Research)
Ben Mosely (Wash. Univ. in St. Louis)
Calvin Newport (Georgetown Univ.)
Merav Parter (MIT)
Boaz Patt-Shamir (Tel Aviv Univ.)
Seth Pettie (Univ. of Michigan)
Cynthia Phillips (Sandia Natl. Lab.)
Kirk Pruhs (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Peter Robinson (Queen’s Univ. Belfast)
Thomas Sauerwald (Cambridge)
Stefan Schmid (Aalborg Univ.)
Michael Scott (Univ. of Rochester)
Julian Shun (UC Berkeley)
Aravind Srinivasan (Univ. of Maryland)
Maxwell Young (Mississippi State Univ.)

Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Computers – Secure Computer Architectures

Submitted by Ruby Lee
May 30, 2016

Submitted by Ruby Lee

IEEE Transactions on Computers
Special Section on Secure Computer Architectures


IEEE Transactions on Computers seeks original manuscripts for a Special
Section on Secure Computer Architectures tentatively scheduled to appear
in the July 2017 issue. The topics of interest for this special section

– Cryptographic Primitives
– Homomorphic Computing and Multiparty Computing
– Scalability Issues of Server-level Secure Computing
– High Performance/Low Power Cryptography
– Oblivious RAM
– Side-Channel Analysis
– Side-channel Attacks and Defenses
– Hardware Trojans and Backdoors
– Hardware Vulnerabilities – Counters, Caches, Shared Memory
– Computing Architectures for Isolation
– Smartphone Security
– Embedded Systems Security
– Secure Processors and Systems
– Hardware Security
– Secure Virtualization and Memory Safety
– Security Simulation, Testing, Validation and Verification
– Metrics for Tamper Resistance
– Security Metrics
– Standards in Secure Computing
– Instruction-Sets for Security and Cryptography
– Dedicated and Protected Storage
– Secure Computer Interfaces

Submission Due: 30 May 2016
First Decision: 31 August 2016
Revisions: 30 September 2016
Acceptance: 15 December 2016
Publication: July 2017

Guest Editors:
Ruby Lee, Princeton University
Patrick Schaumont, Virginia Tech
Ron Perez, Cryptography Research Inc
Guido Bertoni, ST Microelectronics

Call for Proposals: ISPASS 2016 Workshops and Tutorials

Submitted by Stefanos Kaxiras
December 30, 2015

Submitted by Stefanos Kaxiras

Workshops and Tutorials at ISPASS
Uppsala, Sweden
April 17, 2016


Submission deadline: Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Notification: Friday, January 8, 2016

Tutorial proposals are solicited for ISPASS-2016, Uppsala, Sweden.
Tutorials will be held on Apr 17, 2016.

Proposals for both half- and full-day tutorials are solicited on any
topic that is relevant to the ISPASS audience. Tutorials that focus on
workload characterization and analysis tools and techniques that enable
research across layers of the computational stack are strongly encouraged.

In previous years, tutorials seeking to achieve any of the following
goals have been particularly successful:
– Describe an important piece of research/experimental infrastructure.
– Educate the community on an emerging topic.

Proposals should provide the following information:
– Title of the tutorial
– Presenter(s) and contact information.
– Proposed duration (full day, half day).
– 1-2 paragraph abstract suitable for tutorial publicity.
– 1 paragraph biography per presenter suitable for tutorial publicity.
– Short description (for evaluation). This should include:
1) Tutorial scope and objectives,
2) Topics to be covered,
3) Target audience,
4) If the tutorial has been held previously, the location (i.e.,
conference), date, and number of attendees.

Proposals should take the form of a PDF document, and be submitted via
e-mail to Stefanos Kaxiras (, with the subject
“ISPASS 2016 Tutorial Proposal”. Submissions will be acknowledged via


Submission deadline: Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Notification: Friday, January 8, 2016

Workshop proposals are solicited for ISPASS-2016, Uppsala, Sweden.
Workshops will be held on Apr 17, 2016.

Proposals related to power/performance analysis and workload
characterization as it relates to computer architecture, operating
systems, programming languages/compilers in current and emerging areas
such as datacenters and cloud computing, systems based on non-volatile
memory technologies, mobile technologies, large scale data analysis,
smart infrastructure, and extreme scale computing are encouraged.

Proposals should provide the following information:
– Title of the workshop
– Organizers and their affiliations
– Sample call for papers
– Duration – Half-Day or Full Day
– Preferred Day – Saturday or Sunday
– If the workshop was previously held, the location (conference), date,
and number of attendees

Proposals should take the form of a PDF document, and be submitted via
e-mail to Stefanos Kaxiras (, with the subject
“ISPASS 2016 Workshop Proposal”. Submissions will be acknowledged via

Call for Applications: CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop

Submitted by Kathryn S McKinley

Submitted by Kathryn S McKinley

CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop
San Diego, CA, USA
April 15-16, 2016

The CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop was initiated in 2004, and this year is
generously funded by SIGARCH and sponsors from industry, academia, the
National Science Foundation, and the computing community. The Workshop aims
to increase the success and participation women in computing research by
building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their
graduate studies.

At the Grad Cohort Workshop, CRA-W welcomes new women graduate students
in their first 3 years of graduate school into the community of computing
researchers and professionals by providing them with a broad range of career
strategies and role models.

Students will meet for two days with 20 to 25 senior computing researchers and
professionals, who will share graduate school survival skills, as well as more
personal information and insights about their experiences. The rewards of a
research career will be emphasized. The workshop will include a mix of formal
presentations and informal discussions and social events. Through this
workshop, students will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop
peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during their
graduate careers.

This is a great opportunity for graduate students to be inspired to continue
on their path of computing studies and engage in the research community.

The application deadline is November 30, 2015. To apply visit the Grad Cohort
2016 Event at

If you have any questions or comments regarding our programs or becoming
more involved with our community, please feel free to e-mail

Call for Proposals: ISCA Workshops and Tutorials

Submitted by Boris Grot
November 1 to December 14, 2015

Submitted by Boris Grot

Workshops and Tutorials at ISCA 2016
Seoul, Korea
June 18-19, Workshops and Tutorials
June 20-22, Main Conference


Please send workshop proposals to by December 14, 2015.
Proposers will be notified of workshop decisions by January 18, 2016.

All workshop proposals should include the following information:
– Title of the workshop
– Organizers and their affiliations
– Description of main objectives
– Sample call for papers, including the workshop’s main topics
– Expected duration of the workshop; i.e., 1/2 day, full day, or 2 days
– If the workshop has been held before, the location (i.e., which conference),
date, the number of published papers and attendees at the last occurrence



Please send tutorial proposals to by December 14, 2015.
Proposers will be notified of workshop decisions by January 18, 2016.

All tutorial proposals should include the following information:
– Title of the tutorial
– List of organizers and presenters, including their affiliations and short bios
– Abstract of the tutorial, including main objectives
– A list of topics to be covered, including format (e.g., talks, demos, etc),
target audience, and pre-requisite knowledge
– Expected duration of the tutorial (i.e., 1/2 day, full day, or 2 days)
– If the tutorial has been held before, the location (i.e., which conference),
date, the number of published papers and attendees at the last occurrence