Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with the

30th International Symposium on Computer Architecture

San Diego, CA
Sunday, June 8, 2003

Final Program, and text and slides for each paper

Full Proceedings in PDF Format

Links to Past WCAEs


This is the tenth in a series of workshops that have been held at both ISCA and at HPCA, most recently at ISCA 2002 in Anchorage. The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for educators to discuss and share their experiences and teaching philosophy. The goal is for participants to 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.

Topics of interest

  • New approaches to introductory courses
  • Advanced courses
  • New curricula
  • National differences in curricula
  • Interdepartmental issues (CS/ECE)
  • Distance education
  • Active learning

  • Industrial support for teaching
  • Encouraging students to do research
  • Encouraging students to pursue the Ph.D.
  • Hardware tools
  • Simulators and other software tools
  • Teaching embedded systems
  • Prototyping
  • Visualization aids
  • VLSI design packages

  • Web-based materials
  • Textbook development
  • Textbook selection
  • Integration of research into teaching

The keynote address will be given by Yale Patt. The workshop format may include a panel session as well as presentations of invited and refereed papers.

Submission of contributions

Interested authors should submit an extended abstract (not to exceed 4 pages) or a full paper (not to exceed 8 pages, with a minimum font size of 10 points) to

Edward F. Gehringer
e-mail :
Center for Embedded Systems Research
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Box 7256
Raleigh, NC 27695-7256
+1 919 515-2066

Electronic submission is required, preferably as a PDF attachment to an e-mail message. Postscript will also be accepted, but make sure that your .ps file is viewable using ghostview.

Industry Participation

We encourage participation by book 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.

Important Dates

Submission Due Date: May 7, 2003
Author Notification: May 14, 2003
Final Paper Due Date: May 21, 2003

Registration Information

Copies of papers presented at the workshop will be made available at the workshop, and in archival form on the Web.

Updated on March 13, 2003