Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with the

32nd International Symposium on Computer Architecture

Madison, Wisconsin
Sunday, June 5, 2005


Note: The start time of WCAE has been changed to 8:30 AM.

Final Program, and links to all papers and slides

Full Proceedings in PDF format

Web sites of past WCAEs

Archive of WCAE papers


This is the twelfth in a series of workshops that have been held at both ISCA and at HPCA, most recently at ISCA 2004 in Munich. 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
  • Active learning
  • New curricula
  • National differences in curricula
  • Interdepartmental issues (CS/ECE)
  • Distance education

  • 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

Also of interest are survey papers on topics in computer architecture education, e.g., simulators, FPGAs, and embedded systems education. See the WCAE archive, made possible with funding from the SIGCSE Special Projects fund.

Special Session on Embedded Systems Education

A special session on Embedded Systems Education will comprise an integral part of the WCAE workshop. The goal of the special session is to bring researchers, educators, and industrial representatives together to share design, research, and education experiences in embedded systems. Topics and of interest include but are not limited to:


The special session will involve:

Submission of contributions

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

Edward F. Gehringer
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

Submissions to the special session should be directed to

Kenneth G. Ricks
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Alabama
317 Houser Hall
Box 870186
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0286

Electronic submission is required, preferably as a PDF attachment to an e-mail message.

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 6, 2005
Author Notification: May 13, 2005 Final Paper Due Date: May 20, 2005

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 June 5, 2005