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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

 

Dear members of the computer architecture community,

We recently communicated an announcement about an ACM SIGARCH / IEEE TCCA jointly-appointed committee investigating the review process related to an accepted ISCA’19 paper. In this announcement, we would like to provide further information about how the investigation was conducted:
1. The investigation process, the questions the reviewers of the paper were asked, and the preparation of the report were each conducted by a committee that was established in consultation with leadership and ethics committee members from IEEE and ACM. The investigation process, the questions, and the participants in the investigation were reviewed and approved by the IEEE leadership in consultation with IEEE TCCA and ACM SIGARCH. At least one lawyer from the societies provided advice in the process.
2. The investigating committee was composed of two leading members of the ISCA’19 Program Committee and two senior members of our community who were neither in the ISCA 2019 Program Committee nor part of the ISCA Steering Committee. No member of the committee had reviewed the paper under investigation during the peer review process. As per the societies’ publications policy, the names of any and all participants involved in the investigation must remain anonymous.
​3. The investigation involved interviewing ISCA’19 Program Committee members. In all interviews conducted for the investigation, the ACM and IEEE representatives had an opportunity to ask additional questions and ensure that all questions, interviews, and interview summaries were handled fairly and without bias.
4. The investigation did not include any segments involving Program Committee members from ISCA’19 without additional oversight present from the IEEE and ACM representatives of the committee.
5. The investigation was not a self-investigation. Throughout the investigation, ACM and IEEE representatives participated.
If you have further questions about ACM’s or IEEE’s involvement in the investigation, please contact Scott Delman (ACM’s Director of Publications at scott.delman@hq.acm.org) and Melissa Russell (IEEE Computer Society’s Executive Director, at m.a.russell@computer.org) respectively.
SIGARCH & TCCA Chairs
Babak Falsafi & Josep Torrellas