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Dear members of the computer architecture community,

The ACM SIGARCH and IEEE TCCA Executive Committees, and the ISCA Steering Committee express their deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Huixiang Chen, a doctoral student at the University of Florida who recently passed away. It is our understanding that the University of Florida administration is currently investigating this case. ACM SIGARCH and IEEE TCCA will follow our respective processes to assist with this investigation.

IEEE TCCA has recently launched the TCCA Student Advocates initiative to provide help and advice to students who are experiencing difficulties (tcca-chair@computer.org). In response to this tragic event, ACM SIGARCH is working into broadening CARES (sigarch.org/benefit/cares) to include support beyond discrimination and harassment. To the student members of our community who need support we encourage you to reach out where you feel comfortable. To all members, please contact the SIGARCH Chair (chair_sigarch@acm.org) or the TCCA Chair (tcca-chair@computer.org) for any questions, concerns or feedback.

Babak Falsafi and Josep Torrellas

ACM SIGARCH Chair and IEEE TCCA Chair

 

Dear members of the computer architecture community,

In light of the recent tragedy of a PhD student’s death, we hereby inform the community that there is an ongoing investigation into the alleged reviewing irregularities surrounding the event. The investigation was launched by IEEE TCCA and ACM SIGARCH, in cooperation with IEEE and ACM.

The ACM SIGARCH and IEEE TCCA Executive Committees hold members of our community to the highest standards of ethics, and assure our members that the integrity of our publication procedures is of utmost importance to us.

Babak Falsafi and Josep Torrellas

ACM SIGARCH Chair and IEEE TCCA Chair

 

Dear members of the computer architecture community,

The jointly appointed committee of the IEEE Computer Society TCCA and ACM SIGARCH has
concluded its investigation into the peer review process of ISCA 2019. This investigation
was undertaken because of anonymous emails distributed broadly within the computer
architecture community, related to an accepted conference paper. The committee which
conducted the investigation included members from the IEEE Computer Society TCCA and
ACM SIGARCH, as well as members of the ISCA Program Committee.

The committee evaluated whether the paper in question was reviewed according to the
established conference guidelines and the review practices of maintaining double
blindness, without any contacts from the outside or discussions outside the review
process. The committee has determined that there was no evidence of misconduct as
part of the paper review process.

While there was no evidence of improper action found during the peer review process
investigation, we are assessing current processes to improve them for the future.

SIGARCH & TCCA Chairs
Babak Falsafi & Josep Torrellas