Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with the

33nd International Symposium on Computer Architecture

Boston, MA
Saturday, June 17, 2006


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 thirteenth in a series of workshops that have been held at both ISCA and at HPCA, most recently at ISCA 32 in Madison. 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
  • Skills needed by industry
  • Industrial support for teaching
  • Encouraging students to do research
  • Encouraging students to pursue the Ph.D.
  • Hardware tools
  • Hardware/software codesign
  • Simulators and other software tools
  • Teaching embedded systems
  • Embedded-system architectural issues
  • Embedded-system software issues
  • 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.

Submission of contributions

Interested authors should submit a full paper (not to exceed 8 pages), following the formatting instructions given in the files in

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

(Watch this space for submission instructions.)

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: Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Author Notification: Friday, May 19, 2006
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, May 26, 2006

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

Program Committee

Jim Conrad, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Richard Enbody, Michigan State University
Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa
Nirav Kapadia, Independent consultant
Naraig Manjikian, Queen's University (Canada)
Aleksandar Milenkovic, University of Alabama-Huntsville
Yale Patt, University of Texas-Austin
Murray Pearson, University of Waikato
Antonio Prete, Università di Pisa
Kenny Ricks, University of Alabama
Anujan Varma, University of California, Santa Cruz
Wayne Wolf, Princeton University
Craig Zilles, University of Illinois

Updated on March 10, 2006