Computer Architecture Today

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

Once again the new year is upon us and it’s time to look back on 2018 and to look ahead for 2019. It was another great year for Computer Architecture Today with 59 posts, for a total of 103 published posts from 37 contributors that generated over 170,000 views since our launch in March 2017 to go along with the nearly 1400 email subscribers.  Once again I thank the authors for their contributions, both the regular bloggers and those of ad hoc posts.

The energy, dedication, and quality of the contributions is impressive and deeply appreciated by me, as I’m sure it is by you readers also.  An important topic this past year was diversity, with powerful first-person accounts, surveys and data analysis, the launch of SIGARCH CARES, and joint efforts with SIGMICRO to address issues of discrimination and harassment.  Additional topics from this past year include security, the future of technology, accelerators, benchmarking, databases / near memory, advice and mentoring, graph processing and quantum computing, conference summaries, along with others.  One of our goals for 2018 was to sustain the blog activity, and I’m very pleased with our success in achieving that goal and would like to thank Vijay Janapa Reddi, my associate editor, for his help with that effort.

Our top three posts, in terms of views, were What Happens to Us Does Not Happen to Most of You by Kathryn McKinley with 30,391 views and widely shared by other means, SIMD Instructions Considered Harmful by David Patterson and Andrew Waterman with 3,228 views and The new life of SmartNICs by Mark Silberstein with 2,572 views.

We welcome two new regular contributors Emery Berger and Timothy Roscoe (Mothy) and thank Mike Taylor and Yuan Xie who are rotating out.

As we look to 2019 I hope that you continue to rely on Computer Architecture Today to stay informed and broaden your thinking about the technical and personal aspects of our field in the context of computer science and engineering and society as a whole.  If you have thoughts, opinions or advice about the broad field of computer architecture, consider contributing, just click here to submit a proposal for a topic. Remember, we have a “big tent” approach for this blog and welcome a diverse, broad set of opinions and topics.

Have a Happy New Year!

About the Author: Alvin R. Lebeck is Professor Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and the Editor for Computer Architecture Today