Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with the

34th International Symposium on Computer Architecture

San Diego, CA
Saturday, June 9, 2007

Submission deadline extended; see below.


Final Program, and links to all papers and slides

Web sites of past WCAEs

Archive of WCAE papers


WCAE provides the premier forum for educators in computer architecture to discuss and share their experiences and teaching philosophy. Over 190 papers on computer architecture education have been presented at the workshop since its inception in 1995. 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
  • Development of materials for active learning
  • Laboratory support for distance education

  • Textbook development
  • Textbook selection
  • Critical evaluation of textbook approaches

  • Integration of research into teaching
  • Industrial support for teaching
  • Interdepartmental issues (CS/ECE)
  • National differences in curricula
  • Hardware tools
  • Simulators and other software tools
  • Prototyping
  • Visualization aids
  • VLSI design packages

  • Architectural issues specific to embedded systems
  • Software issues specific to embedded systems
  • Industrial needs regarding embedded systems education

  • Encouraging students to do research
  • Encouraging students to pursue the Ph.D.

For an idea of what we have published in the past, 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 Efficient, Secure and Reliable Computing
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science

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: Thursday, May 3, 2007 Please e-mail submissions to ed.gehringer [at]
Author Notification: Friday, May 11, 2007
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, May 18, 2007

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

Program Committee

Mats Brorsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
João Cardoso, INESC-ID, Lisbon
Dan Connors, University of Colorado
James Conrad, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Richard Enbody, Michigan State University
Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa
Diana Franklin, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
Subramanian Ganesan, Oakland University
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Jörg Keller, Fernuniversität Hagen
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Aleksandr Milenkovic, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Antonio Prete, Università di Pisa
Eduardo Sanchez, École Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne
Tim Stanley, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Mitch Thornton, Southern Methodist University
Manish Vachhajarani, University of Colorado
Anujan Varma, University of California at Santa Cruz
Chris Vickery, City University of New York
Wayne Wolf, Princeton University
Craig Zilles, University of Illinois

Updated on January 31, 2007