Call for Papers:

Computing Frontiers 2021

Abstract or Paper Registration Deadline
January 28, 2021
Final Submission Deadline
April 5, 2021

ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2021 (CF’21)
May 11-13, 2021
Virtual Conference

Submission Due: January 28, 2021

The next ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers will take place on May 11th – 13th, 2021. Due to the current state of the pandemic and the uncertainty of how it will evolve in the coming months, Computer Frontiers 2021 will be held as a virtual conference instead of a face-to-face event in the town of Catania, in Sicily (Italy) as it was initially planned.

Computing Frontiers is an eclectic, interdisciplinary, collaborative community of researchers who investigate emerging technologies in the broad field of computing: our common goal is to drive the scientific breakthroughs that support society.

CF’s broad scope is driven by recent technological advances in wide-ranging fields impacting computing, such as novel computing models and paradigms, advancements in hardware, network and systems architecture, cloud computing, novel device physics and materials, new application domains of artificial intelligence, big data analytics, wearables and IoT. The boundaries between the state-of-the-art and revolutionary innovation constitute the advancing frontiers of science, engineering, and information technology – and are the CF community focus. CF provides a venue to share, discuss, and advance broad, forward-thinking, early research on the future of computing and welcomes work on a wide spectrum of computer systems, from embedded and hand-held/wearable devices to supercomputers and datacenters.


Paper Submission deadline:  January 28th, 2021
Notification:               March 15th, 2021
Final Papers Due:           April 5th, 2021
Conference Dates:           May 11th – 13th, 2021


We seek original research contributions at the frontiers of a wide range of topics, including novel computational models and algorithms, new application paradigms, computer architecture (from embedded to HPC systems), computing hardware, memory technologies, networks, storage solutions, compilers, and environments.

* Innovative Computing Approaches, Architectures, Accelerators, Algorithms, and Models
– Approximate, analog, inexact, probabilistic computing
– Neuromorphic, biologically-inspired computing, and hyperdimensional computing
– Dataflow architectures, near-data, and in-memory processing

* Quantum computing systems
– Quantum algorithms and applications for current and near-term quantum devices
– Quantum Programming models, runtime, compilers and microarchitecture
– Quantum error correction and fault-tolerant quantum computation
– Architectures and design methodologies for scalable quantum computing systems
– Benchmarks, methods, and performance metrics to evaluate quantum computing systems

* Technological Scaling Limits and Beyond
– Limits: Defect- and variability-tolerant designs, graphene and other novel materials, nanoscale design, dark silicon
– Extending past Moore’s law: 3D-stacking, heterogeneous architectures and accelerators, chiplets, distributed and federated computing and their challenges

* Efficient AI computing
– Deep learning co-processors including architectures, efficient algorithms, chip design and hardware-software codesign, frameworks and programming models
– Edge deep learning for IoT
– Distributed AI computing for cloud data servers

* Embedded, IoT, and Cyber-Physical Systems
– Ultra-low power designs, energy scavenging
– Physical security, attack detection and prevention
– Reactive, real-time, scalable, reconfigurable, and self-aware systems
– Sensor networks, IoT, and architectural innovation for wearable computing

* Large-Scale System Design and Networking
– Large-scale homogeneous/heterogeneous architectures and networking
– System-balance and CPU-offloading
– Power- and energy-management for clouds, datacenters, and exascale systems
– Big Data analytics and exascale data management

* System Software, Compiler Technologies, and Programming Languages
– Technologies that push the limits of operating systems, virtualization, and container technologies
– Large scale frameworks for distributed computing and communication
– Resource and job management, scheduling and workflow systems for managing large-scale heterogeneous systems
– Compiler technologies: hardware/software integrated solutions, high-level synthesis
– Tools for analyzing and managing performance at large scale
– Novel programming approaches

* Fault Tolerance and Resilience
– Solutions for ultra-large and safety-critical systems (e.g., infrastructure, airlines)
– Hardware and software approaches in adverse environments such as space

* Security
– Methods, system support, and hardware for protecting against malicious code
– Real-time implementations of security algorithms and protocols
– Quantum and post-quantum cryptography

* Computers and Society
– Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics and AI environmental impact
– Education, health, cost/energy-efficient design, smart cities, emerging markets, and interdisciplinary applications



We encourage the submission of both full and short papers containing high-quality research describing original and unpublished work.

Papers must be submitted through


Computing Frontiers 2021 Chairs

General Co-Chairs:
Maurizio Palesi, University of Catania, IT
Antonino Tumeo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Program Co-Chairs:
Carmen G. Almudever, Delft University of Technology, NL
Georgios I. Goumas, National Technical University of Athens, GR


For further information and updates, check the CF’21 website at