[Important Dates]

Abstract submission: July 22, 2018 (11:59 pm EDT).

Acceptance notification: Aug 15, 2018.


The 51st International Symposium on Microarchitecture is the premier forum for presenting, discussing, and debating innovative

microarchitecture ideas and techniques for advanced computing and communication systems. This symposium brings together researchers in fields related to microarchitecture, compilers, chips, and systems for technical exchange on traditional microarchitecture topics and emerging research areas. The MICRO community has enjoyed a close interaction between academic researchers and industrial designers and we aim to continue this tradition at MICRO-51. In 2018, MICRO will be held in Fukuoka, Japan.



The 51st International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) invites participation in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). Sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research, the SRC is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will receive the following prizes:

1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

2. A framed Grand Finalist certificate.

3. The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the web site.

4. In addition, the first place winner in each category (undergraduate, graduate) will receive an invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the first place winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist medals (gold, silver, bronze). Grand Finalists and their advisors will be invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the Turing Award.


The SRC consists of two rounds: a poster session and a presentation session. Submissions recommended for acceptance by the selection committee will be invited to a first-round poster session to be held during Micro-51.  A panel of judges will select a number of finalists from the poster session held at the symposium, who will be invited to a second-round SRC presentation session at MICRO 2018 and compete for the prizes. The evaluation will be concentrated on the quality of both visual and oral presentation, the research methods, and the significance of contribution. You can find more information on the ACM Student Research Competition site (https://src.acm.org/).



A participant and submission in the SRC must meet all following conditions:

* The participant must submit an up to 800-word abstract (optionally, blind) outlining the content of a poster that is going to be presented during the competition.

* The abstract must include the poster title, author names, affiliations, and the name of the academic advisor. The abstract may be authored by more than one student. However, only the lead student (first author) is considered as a participant in SRC competition and must satisfy the eligibility criteria described in this document.

* It should describe the research problem, motivation and background, techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and concisely conveying the work in a poster format.

* It should state the novelty and contributions of the work explicitly.

* The submission deadline is July 22, 2018 at 23:59 EDT.

* The abstract must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.

* The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.

* The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate student status as of July 22, 2018.

* In your submission, please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student.

* You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19 per year or less www.acm.org/membership.

* SRC allows parallel submissions of full papers in other conferences, as long as they abide by self-plagiarism rules (e.g., at least 30% of both the SRC abstract and the other publication is unique). That is, any paper needs to be a minimum of 30% different than a prior paper. So a full-length version of a paper would have to be at least 30% different than a SRC submission. Again, self-plagiarism rules would still be in effect.  For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract will be posted on Micro-51 website. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.


[SRC Chair]

Guru Prasadh Venkataramani (George Washington University, USA)


[SRC Selection Committee]



[Submission Information]

Extended abstracts of up to 800 words should be submitted through the following easychair link on or before July 22, 2018:




The ACM Student Research Competition at MICRO 2018 is sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research.

Call for Abstracts: MICRO 51 ACM Student Research Competition (SRC)