IEEE Micro – Special Issue on Approximate Computing
Call for Papers

Guest Editors:
Natalie Enright Jerger (University of Toronto)
Joshua San Miguel (University of Toronto/University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Submission Deadline: 5 January 2018
Publication: July/August 2018

Approximate computing covers a broad spectrum of systems and architectures where quality (or accuracy) serves as a design parameter, enabling tradeoffs between quality of results and efficiency. This computing paradigm has garnered much research activity in recent years for two reasons. First, the dark future of CMOS scaling has forced architects to come up with new ways to squeeze every last ounce of efficiency in their designs. Second, there has been growing interest in applications that are inherently probabilistic, imprecise or noisy (e.g., machine learning, multimedia, sensor devices). Approximate computing introduces fundamentally new research avenues due to its unique design principles: 1) unlike when tuning for efficiency, the quality knob has strict constraints in order to maintain correctness in the system; and 2) users and programmers need to have more active roles in deciding when quality is acceptable. This special issue of IEEE Micro will explore exciting, new ideas in the vast design space of approximate computing.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
– Architectural support for approximate computing
– Approximation techniques on emerging processor and memory technologies
– Design methodologies and tools for approximate hardware
– Analog and circuit-level approximation techniques
– Language, compiler and operating system support for approximate architectures
– Hardware accelerators for approximation-tolerant application domains
– Techniques for monitoring and controlling approximation quality

Submission Procedure:
Log in to ScholarOne Manuscripts and submit your manuscript. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word document and PDF. Please direct ScholarOne questions to the IEEE Micro magazine assistant (micro-ma@computer.org). Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words, including a maximum of 12 references, with each average-sized figure counting as 250 words. Please include all figures and tables, as well as a cover page with author contact information (name, postal address, phone, fax, and email address) and a 200-word abstract. Accepted articles will be edited for structure, style, clarity, and readability. For more information, please visit the IEEE Micro author guidelines. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere, and all manuscripts must be cleared for publication. All conference papers must have at least 30 percent new content compared to the original.

Important Dates (all in 2018):
January 5 – Submissions due
March 2 – Decision made
March 30 – Revised papers due
April 27 – Final versions due

Questions?
Guest editors: mi4-2018@computer.org
Editor-in-chief: lieven.eeckhout@ugent.be

CFP: IEEE Micro Special Issue on Approximate Computing