Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with

High Performance Computer Architecture 17

San Antonio, TX
Sunday, February 13, 2011



WCAE provides the premier forum for educators in computer architecture to discuss and share their experiences and teaching philosophy. Past WCAEs have been held in conjunction with HPCA, ISCA, and Micro. This is the first time a WCAE has been held at HPCA since 1999.

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.

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

Ed Gehringer


Department of Computer Science
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Box 8206
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206
+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: Friday, January 7, 2011
Author Notification: Monday, January 17, 2011
Final Paper Due Date: Monday, January 24, 2011

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
Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa
Subramanian Ganesan, Oakland University
Ed Gehringer, NC State
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Nirav Kapadia, Unisys Corporation
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
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
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University

Updated on September 17, 2010