Computer Architecture Today

Informing the broad computing community about current activities, advances and future directions in computer architecture.

Nearly two and a half years ago, I welcomed you to Computer Architecture Today as the founding editor. Today I bid my farewells.  Creating a blog was the wonderful idea of the SIGARCH Executive Committee. It took six months and input from several individuals to arrive at a clear definition of what we wanted the blog to be, how it could best serve the community, and prepare for launch.  In the end, we set out to provide a platform for a diverse set of topics and perspectives, not limited to narrowly defined technical computer architecture posts. There have been 133 posts by about 60 contributors, a pace that exceeds our initial expectations and is indicative of the active engagement of our community. 

I’d like to express my deepest appreciation for all the contributors, this blog doesn’t succeed without your willingness to devote your time and share your expertise, insights, and opinions.  A huge thanks to Vijay Janapa Reddi who agreed to come on as Associate Editor as we scaled the number of posts, and to the communications committee members Boris Grot, Adrian Sampson, and Reetuparna Das.  We all owe thanks to the SIGARCH EC for their vision in creating the blog, their guidance and advice when needed was incredibly important, especially former SIGARCH Chair Sarita Adve…you inspire all of us to do better and be better individuals. Finally, the biggest thanks goes to Babak Falsafi for being a strong supporter and sounding board for all sorts of ideas and issues at every step, but particularly during the 6 months leading up to the blog launch.

Rajeev Balasubramonian steps in as the new Editor for CAT (or CAT herder, kudos to Bobbie Manne for that moniker!).  Rajeev is a Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah and brings incredible experience, technical depth and breadth, and sound judgement to the Editor role.  Vijay will remain as Associate Editor. I look forward to the bright future of CAT under their leadership.

The SIGARCH Communications Committee also welcomes additions to the existing team (with Adrian Sampson in charge of social media), Boris Grot as chair, Jayneel Gandhi responsible for the YouTube! channel, and Samira Khan handling the newsletter and web site.

About the Author: Alvin R. Lebeck is Professor Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.  His research spans atoms to applications.

Disclaimer: These posts are written by individual contributors to share their thoughts on the Computer Architecture Today blog for the benefit of the community. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal, belong solely to the blog author and do not represent those of ACM SIGARCH or its parent organization, ACM.