Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with

46th International Symposium on Computer Architecture

Phoenix, AZ

Saturday or Sunday, June 22 or 23, 2019


Submissions are due on Monday, 20 May 2019 



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

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

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


Visualization aids 

Broadening participation in computer architecture

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

North Carolina State University


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: Monday, May 20, 2019

Author Notification: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 

Final Paper Due Date: Friday, June 14, 2019

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

Henry Duwe, Iowa State University

Mark Fienup, University of Northern Iowa

Sarah Harris, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Lei Jiang, Indiana University

David Kaeli, Northeastern University

Zach Kurmas, Grand Valley State University

Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin

Yale Patt, University of Texas at Austin

Diane Rover, Iowa State University

Cristina Silvano, Politecnico di Milan

Devesh Tiwari, Northeastern University

Wei Xue, Tsinghua University

Workshop on Computer Architecture Education