Call for Papers:

Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Abstract or Paper Registration Deadline
May 26, 2017
Final Submission Deadline
June 16, 2017

19th Workshop on Computer Architecture Education
in conjunction with ISCA 2017
Toronto, Canada
June 24, 2017

Submissions due: Friday, May 26, 2017 11:59 PM, Midway Island time (UTC-11)
Author Notification: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Final Paper due: Friday, June 16, 2017

WCAE provides a 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 210 papers on computer architecture education have been presented at the workshop since its inception in 1995. Participants will 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.

– Approaches to teaching introductory courses, Advanced courses, Online resources, Resources for “flipped” classes, Materials for active learning, Lecture vs. hybrid vs. flipped classes, Remote course delivery, Lab support for distance education

– Textbook development, Critical evaluation of textbook approaches, Metrics for evaluating learning gains, Integration of research into teaching, Industrial support for teaching

– Interdepartmental issues (CS/ECE), National differences in curricula, Resources & techniques for teaching (including GPU architecture & programming, multicore/many-core issues, comp. arch. concepts with FPGAs, architectural and software issues specific to embedded systems)

– Hardware tools, Simulators and other software tools, Prototyping, Visualization aids, VLSI design packages

– Broadening participation in computer architecture, Encouraging undergraduate research, Encouraging students to pursue the Ph.D.

For an idea of what we have published in the past, see the WCAE archive (, made possible with funding from the SIGCSE Special Projects fund. Recent papers are also in the ACM Digital Library.

In addition to paper session(s), the workshop will also include a keynote by Yale Patt, a poster session, a panel, and an un-conference session with topics suggested by attendees.

We encourage participation by 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 organizer at the address above.

Interested authors should submit a full paper (not to exceed 8 pages), following the IEEE manuscript templates.

We will be able to provide a decision before the early registration deadline for papers that are submitted early. Details will be announced when registration info is posted on the ISCA site.

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

Emmanuel Arzuaga, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
João Cardoso, FEUP/University of Porto, Portugal
James Conrad, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Diana Franklin, University of Chicago
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Aleksandar Milenković, University of Alabama – Huntsville
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Diane Rover, Iowa State University
Anujan Varma, UC – Santa Cruz
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University