Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with

42nd International Symposium on Computer Architecture

Portland, OR
Saturday, 13 June 2015



WCAE provides a 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. Participants will 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

  • Approaches to introductory courses
  • Advanced courses
  • Online resources
  • Resources for "flipped" classes
  • Materials for active learning
  • Lecture vs. hybrid vs. flipped classes
  • Remote course delivery
  • Lab support for distance education

  • Textbook development
  • Critical evaluation of textbook approaches

  • Metrics for evaluating learning gains
  • Integration of research into teaching
  • Industrial support for teaching
  • Interdepartmental issues (CS/ECE)
  • National differences in curricula
  • Resources & techniques for teaching ...
    • GPU architecture & programming
    • multicore/many-core issues
    • comp. arch. concepts with FPGAs
    • architectural & software issues specific to embedded systems

  • Hardware tools
  • Simulators and other software tools
  • Prototyping
  • Visualization aids
  • VLSI design packages

  • Broadening participation in comp. arch.
  • Encouraging undergraduate 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

Authors should submit a full paper (not to exceed 8 pages), following the IEEE manuscript templates.

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: Friday, April 10, 2015
Author Notification: Friday, April 17, 2015
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

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

Program Committee

Emmanuel Arzuaga, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
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
Subramanian Ganesan, Oakland University
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University
Byunghyun Jang, University of Mississippi
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Aleksandar Milenkovic, University of Alabama - Huntsville
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Antonio Prete, Università di Pisa
Anujan Varma, UC - Santa Cruz
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University
Craig Zilles, University of Illinois

Updated on 19 January 2015