Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with

23rd International Conference on
Field-Programmable Logic and Applications

Porto, Portugal
Sunday, 1 September 2013

Submit your paper here.
Submissions are due on Tuesday, 6 August 2013 11:59 PM, Samoa time (UTC-11)

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. Past WCAEs have been held in conjunction with HPCA, ISCA, and Micro.

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

  • Using FPGAs to teach computer-architecture concepts
  • 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

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: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Author Notification: Friday, August 16, 2013
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, August 23, 2013

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, Denver
James Conrad, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Daniel Ernst, Cray Research
Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University
Bharat Joshi, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Nirav Kapadia, Unisys Corporation
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Ron Sass, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University

Updated on 5 June 2013