Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with

44th International Symposium on Computer Architecture

Toronto, ON
Saturday, 24 June 2017


Final program

Submit your paper here.
Submissions are due on Friday, 26 May 2017

Web sites of past WCAEs
Archive of WCAE papers


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 210 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 a 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, May 26, 2017
Author Notification: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Final Paper Due Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

We will be able to provide a decision before the early registration deadline for papers that are submitted early. Details will be announced when registration info is posted on the ISCA site.

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

Program Committee

Emmanuel Arzuaga, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
João Cardoso, FEUP/University of Porto, Portugal
James Conrad, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Diana Franklin, University of Chicago
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State University
Lei Jiang, Indiana University
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Aleksandar Milenkovic, University of Alabama - Huntsville
Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin
Diane Rover, Iowa State University
Anujan Varma, UC - Santa Cruz
Xue Wei, Tsinghua University

Updated on 11 March 2017