Call for Papers:

IEEE Micro Special Issue on Machine Learning Acceleration

Final Submission Deadline
April 12, 2019

In recent years, machine learning (ML) has become one of the most important pillars of computing industry, driven by the remarkable advances in the theory and their extensive use in real-world applications. To accomplish the phenomenal success, research and industry communities have exploited acceleration solutions, which deliver orders-of-magnitude greater performance and efficiency by specializing hardware and software for ML. As the importance of ML in the emerging applications increases, the ML accelerators have become the critical component of every modern computing system–from data centers to mobile/IoT devices. The community has not only extensively explored new architectures to improve the performance and efficiency of these accelerators, but also put significant effort on raising usability and programmability by offering programming models, high-level language, compiler, runtime software, and tools.

This special issue of IEEE Micro will explore academic and industrial research on all topics, which relate to hardware and software acceleration solutions, specialized for ML. Such topics include, but are not limited to:
– New design methodologies for ML-centric or ML-aware hardware accelerators
– New microarchitecture designs of hardware accelerators for ML
– ML workload acceleration on existing accelerators such as GPU, FPGA, CGRA, or ASIC
– New compiler and optimization techniques for ML acceleration
– New tools to design/build/optimize/debug the accelerated systems
– New ML modeling, optimization, quantization, and compression for acceleration
– Acceleration for new ML algorithms
– ML acceleration for edge computing and IoT
– ML acceleration for cloud computing
– Comparison studies of different acceleration techniques
– Survey and tutorial studies of ML acceleration

Submissions due: April 12, 2019
Initial notifications: May 22, 2019
Revised papers due: June 21, 2019
Final notifications: June 28, 2019
Final versions due: July 12, 2019
Publication date: Sept/Oct 2019

Please see the Write for Us page and the general author guidelines for more information. Please submit electronically through ScholarOne Manuscripts, selecting this special-issue option.

Contact the guest editors at Hadi Esmaeilzadeh ( and Jongse Park ( or the editor-in-chief at Lizy John (