Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with the

42nd Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture

New York City
Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2009



WCAE provides the premier forum for educators in computer architecture to discuss and share their experiences and teaching philosophy. Over 200 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

  • Teaching about multicore/many-core issues and GPUs
  • Architectural and software issues specific to embedded systems

  • Encouraging students to do research
  • Encouraging students to pursue the Ph.D.
  • Recruiting/retaining students in underrepresented groups
  • Increasing interest in computer science and engineering

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.. Many of these papers are also in the ACM Digital Library.

Submission of contributions

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

General Chair
Ed Gehringer


Department of Computer Science
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Box 7256
Raleigh, NC 27695-7256
+1 919 515-2066

Program Chair
Michael Manzke

Lecturer in Computer Science
Co-Director, Sony/Toshiba/IBM (STI) Cell Center of Competence Europe
Graphics, Vision and Visualisation (GV2) Group
School of Computer Science and Statistics
Trinity College Dublin

(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: Friday, October 16, 2009
Author Notification: Friday, October 23, 2009
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, November 13, 2009

Copies of papers presented at the workshop will be made available at the workshop, and through the ACM DIgital Library

Program Committee

João Cardoso, FEUP/University of Porto, Portugal
Dan Connors, University of Colorado
James Conrad, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Daniel Ernst, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Richard Enbody, Michigan State University
Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa
Diana Franklin, University of California, Santa Barbara
Subramanian Ganesan, Oakland University
Ed Gehringer, NC State
Zhiming Gu, Beijing Institute of Technology
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Nirav Kapadia, Unisys Corporation
Jörg Keller, Fernuniversität Hagen
Xiang Long, Beihang University
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Aleksandr Milenkovic, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Antonio Prete, Università di Pisa
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
Wang Dongsheng, Tsinghua University
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University
Craig Zilles, University of Illinois

Updated on July 15, 2009