This is the 1st May 2021 digest of SIGARCH Messages.

In This Issue

Commitment to diversity and inclusivity

Submitted by Samira Khan

Dear SIG members,

As an organization, we are committed to creating an environment that welcomes new ideas and perspectives, and where hostility or other harmful behaviors are not tolerated. As an organization, we stand with and honor those who promote diversity and inclusivity.  In addition to being the right thing to do, we believe this is important for the advancement of science.

We appreciate ACM’s reconfirmation of these commitments in response to the recent controversy surrounding Turing Award winner Jeffrey Ullman, contained in the below statement on the ACM website:

We confirm our intention to adopt the ACM policies in our SIG award selection process to the extent that they are not already present.  In addition, to emphasize our commitment to diversity and inclusivity in all our activities, we will ask nominators and endorsers for personal achievement awards to comment on how the nominee(s) exemplifies these core values.

Finally, we would like to reiterate our support for Iranian and Native American students and scholars, as well as all other ethnicities and nationalities. You are welcomed and valued members of our global community.

Thank you,


ISCA’19 Joint Investigative Committee Announcement

Submitted by Samira Khan

The ACM and IEEE Joint Investigative Committee (JIC) has completed its investigation into the allegations of professional and publications-related misconduct in connection with ISCA 2019. The full announcement related to the investigation is available here.

Call for Participation: CF 2021
Submitted by Naseef Mansoor

18th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers (CF’21)
May 11-13, 2021 – Virtual Conference

Technical Co-Sponsor: ACM, SIGMICRO
Financial Sponsors: ARM, Intel, SambaNova Systems, Tactical Computing Labs

The 18th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers (CF) will be held virtually during 11-13 May, 2021.  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.

The conference will include a highly selective single track technical program comprised of:

– 2 Keynote Speeches
– 1 Workshop
– 4 Special sessions
– 20 Papers

Full Program and Registration Information:

Recordings of technical paper presentations will be available to all registered participants starting from a week before the beginning of the conference.

Keynote Speakers:

Quantum Computing: A Scalable, Systems Approach
Dr. Anne Matsuura, Intel Labs (Hillsboro)
Director of quantum applications and architecture at Intel Labs

Leveraging ML to Handle the Increasing Complexity of the Cloud
Christina Delimitrou
Cornell University

Call for Participation: uArch Workshop
Submitted by Divya Mahajan

Applications for funding to attend the Third Annual Undergrad Architecture Mentoring (uArch) Workshop and International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) are now open. The funding will cover the registration fee for attending the workshop and conference.

The workshop will be held virtually as part of ISCA 2021, and is aimed at undergraduate and early master’s students with an interest in computer architecture. We expect the workshop will most benefit students who will receive their undergraduate degree in 2022 or 2023. Women and people from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply for funding. The workshop:

  • Introduces students to graduate research and career opportunities in the field of computer architecture,

  • Provides sessions and panels with professors and current students on how to apply for and survive graduate school, in addition to covering how to navigate the architecture research landscape effectively,

  • Offers interactive mentoring and networking sessions with professors in the field of computer architecture, and

  • Connects students with established seniors architects in academia and industry and peers in graduate school.

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to participate in the entire program of the workshop and ISCA conference.

Location: Global Online Event

Important Dates:

  • May 14: Application deadline

  • May 28: Notification to accepted applicants

  • June 14 – June 19: ISCA Conference and Workshops

  • June 18: Main uArch Workshop

Website and link to application form:

ISCA Website:

Organizers: Newsha Ardalani, Bobbie Manne, Lena Olson, Joshua San Miguel, Divya Mahajan, Abdulrahman Mahmoud, Tony Nowatzki

Past Workshop Websites with agenda:

For queries and questions:

Call for Papers: SEED 2021
Submitted by Jakub Szefer

IEEE International Symposium on Secure and Private Execution Environment Design (SEED)
Worldwide Virtual Event
September 20-21, 2021

Submissions Due: May 21, 2021


The IEEE International Symposium on Secure and Private Execution Environment Design (SEED) is a forum which brings together researchers from the computer architecture and computer security communities into one venue that focuses on the design of architectural and system primitives which provide secure and private execution environments for applications, containers, or virtual machines.

SEED primarily focuses on research topics spanning across the boundaries of computer architecture, systems, and security. Papers are solicited on a range of topics, including (but not limited to):

* Architecture, operating systems, and programming models and language for supporting secure and private execution
* Novel Designs for secure and private execution environments for GPUs, accelerators, and FPGAs
* Architectural support for new security primitives
* Novel cryptographic hardware designs for secure and private execution
* Models and analysis of performance-security trade-offs in the design of a secure execution environment
* Evaluation of security vulnerabilities in post-Moore’s Law technologies, e.g. persistent memory, quantum computing
* Demonstration and mitigation of architectural side channels, covert channels and other security vulnerabilities
* Metrics for measuring architecture-related security vulnerabilities
* Compiler and code generation techniques for mitigating architecture-induced side and covert channels and other vulnerabilities


Abstract Deadline: May 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM AoE
Full Paper Deadline: May 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM AoE
Rebuttal Period: TBD
Author Notification: July 31, 2021
Camera-ready Submission: August 15, 2021
Conference Dates: September 20-21, 2021



General Chairs: Jakub Szefer (Yale Univ.) and Yan Solihin (Univ. of
Central Florida)
Program Chairs: Guru Venkataramani (George Washington Univ.) and Yinqian
Zhang (SUSTech)


Todd Austin (U. of Michigan)
David Kaeli (Northeastern U.)
Ruby Lee (Princeton)
Milos Prvulovic (Ga. Tech)
Deborah Shands (SRI)
Yan Solihin – Chair (U. of Central Florida)
Guru Venkataramani (GWU)

Call for Papers: ICPP 2021
Submitted by Xu Liu

The 50th International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP)
August 9-12, 2021

Submissions Due: April 23, 2021

The International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP) is one of the oldest continuously running computer science conferences in parallel computing in the world. It is a premier forum for researchers, scientists, and practitioners in academia, industry, and government to present their latest research findings in all aspects of the field. This year will be the 50th year of ICPP. ICPP2021 will be held at the US Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, USA and special events will be held to celebrate the 50th anniversary at the conference. ICPP2021 is in cooperation with ACM SIGHPC. We invite everyone to participate in the conference and its celebration.

ICPP is a premier venue for presenting the latest research on all aspects of parallel processing. Topics of interest in ICPP 2021 papers include, but not limited to: Algorithms, Applications, Architecture, Performance, Software. More details of paper submission and about the conference can be found at the conference website at

Important Deadlines
● Abstract Submission: April 10, 2021
● Paper Submission: April 23, 2021
● Author Response Period: May 31 – June 2, 2021
● Author Notification: June 11, 2021

For submission, please visit Linklings submission site ( to
make paper submissions.

Call for Presentations: ModSim 2021
Submitted by Jason Lowe-Power

Workshop on Modeling & Simulation of Systems and Applications (ModSim) 2021
August 11-13, 2021, University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle

Submissions Due: May 10, 2021

Workshop URL:
Submission URL:
EasyChair Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2021 (11:59 PM, Pacific Daylight Time [PDT])
Notification of Acceptance: Friday, June 04, 2021 (via e-mail)

To promote advancements in modeling and simulation (ModSim) research, we are soliciting community input in the form of abstracts. If accepted, author(s) will be invited to offer a poster and short presentation at the annual gathering of our community, the ModSim 2021 Workshop.

The overarching theme for this year’s workshop is “Modeling and Simulation in the Artificial Intelligence Era.” The emphasis will be on AI-driven methodologies, tools, best practices, projects, and initiatives that aim to address the challenges and achieve the goal of modeling performance, power, and reliability of high-performance systems under a realistic application workload.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
There is no set word limit for abstract submissions. However, please limit your submission to one page. The abstract should provide an overview that adequately summarizes the topic(s) presented and any proposed impact on ModSim research or techniques, especially related to modeling and simulation in the era of artificial intelligence. The following details a proposed abstract layout and points to consider:

Abstract Title
Primary research area:

– Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Workloads and Systems
– Modeling and Simulation of Subsystems via Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
– Advances in ModSim Implementation

What is being modeled? (e.g., performance, reliability, power, other)
What is the target application?
What modeling techniques are being used?
What is novel about the approach versus current state of the art?
Are preliminary results available?

All abstracts must be submitted through EasyChair ( no later than Sunday May 02, 2021 (11:59 PM, PDT). Those with accepted abstracts will be notified via e-mail on Friday, June 04, 2021

Dr. Sudhakar Yalamanchili Award
Submissions will be eligible for the Dr. Sudhakar Yalamanchili Award, which is intended to recognize young researchers for their outstanding contribution to the field of performance modeling and simulation. Presenters, who must be a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher (within six years of highest awarded degree), will be evaluated during the Contributed Presentation/Poster Session at the ModSim 2021 Workshop. Learn more at

Topic Areas

Abstract contributions should focus on the following topical areas of interest:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Workloads and Systems. AI, in general, and Machine Learning (ML), in particular, are important drivers to all forms of computing, including large-scale data- and numerically intensive high-performance computing (HPC). Consequently, systems designed for AI/ML workloads are critically important. Abstracts in this category should offer novel approaches for AI and ML workloads, ModSim for AI/ML architectures, and other approaches (e.g., intelligent computational steering driven by dynamic and offline learning).

Methodologies and Tools. AI and ML are not only revolutionizing applications, but these techniques also have the potential to revolutionize the way that HPC systems are designed. This abstract category solicits submissions that adopt AI/ML techniques in system design, such as predictive models of performance, power, or cost; approaches that intelligently explore and recommend designs; and techniques that optimize individual subsystems, across system layers, or the whole system with AI/ML. Abstracts should highlight how to advance the state of the art, as well as expectations for impacting future directions in this area.

Recent Advances in ModSim Implementation. The rapidly increasing complexity of systems and application workloads–along with the blending of compute, memory devices, storage, and interconnect then further combined with application software–translates into unprecedented challenges within the ModSim field. Submissions in this category, not necessarily related to AI/ML, are expected to highlight recent developments that can help overcome these significant challenges. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, novel ModSim methodologies, emerging areas of research and development, new projects or advances in existing efforts, and new applications of ModSim tools to real-life problems.

Please view the SIGARCH website for the latest postings, to submit new posts, and for general SIGARCH information. We also encourage you to visit the Computer Architecture Today Blog.

- Samira Khan
SIGARCH Content Editor