TCuARCH May 2018 Update
May 12, 2018
by Wen-mei Hwu
Dear members of the TCuARCH Community,
It is with great pleasure that I send you the May 2018 TCuARCH community update.
As you can see below, the new MICRO Steering Committee (SC) is making great progress
in MICRO conference governing bylaws, analyzing MICRO-2017 Survey data, improving
transparency, re-organizing MICRO Test-of-Time Award Committee, and MICRO-2018
We all agree that all conferences in the computer architecture community can do better
in diversity and data transparency. I believe that the MICRO SC, SigMICRO, and TCuARCH
are approaching this important challenge in a thoughtful way, carefully thinking through
any unintended consequences of our moves. Looking at the progress reported below, I
personally believe that MICRO will come out significantly better than its peer conferences
in diversity and transparency.
MICRO Conference Bylaws. The new MICRO SC
(https://www.microarch.org/) has been iterating
on the Bylaws for MICRO conference governance. Just to remind everyone, this new SC was
formed in late 2017 after the previous SC resigned. The new SC consists of highly
accomplished researchers in the MICRO community and is diverse in terms of gender (2 women,
7 men), institutions (2 industry, 7 academia), geographic areas (2 Europe, 7 US), and race
(4 Asians, 5 White).
The new SC is reviewing a draft that is the result of intensive reviews, discussions, and
revisions. This version draws on good features of the bylaws of CGO (a sister conference of
MICRO, also sponsored by TCuARCH) and other related conferences. It has a clear set of rules
for SC member nomination, election, and term limits. It also has a set of clear rules and
guidelines on nominating and selecting SC chair(s), general chair(s) and program chair(s).
Its rules are more open to community nominations and input than the existing conference
bylaws that I am aware of. The SC is still deliberating on any potential unintended
consequences caused by any of the rules.
We expect to have the new bylaws in place and hold the next election before MICRO-2018 that
will be held in October 2018.
MICRO-2017 Survey. The entire MICRO-2017 survey data set has been organized, plotted,
and delivered to MICRO SC, SigMICRO, and TCuARCH for review. I have completed a preliminary
analysis myself. As expected, while the community desires more diversity, it is somewhat
divided in terms of what to change. There will be multiple conference calls to discuss next
steps and action items in May.
Transparency. The MICRO SC co-chairs have been collaborating with me to assemble a
comprehensive data set about MICRO SC, GCs, PCs, and PC members. This effort is supported by
a postdoctoral researcher at the IBM-Illinois Cognitive Computing Systems Research Center
(C3SR) whose research involves the ingestion and analysis of unstructured natural language
data. These data will be made available at the MICRO website for transparency. The
availability of such comprehensive data set will help address the problem of conclusions made
based on incomplete data. I plan to present the data at MICRO-2018 and perhaps in the IEEE
Test-of-Time Award Committee. Pradip Bose is forming a new MICRO Test-of-Time
Committee. I will provide more update when more progress is made.
MICRO-2018. TCuARCH has completed review and approval of the MICRO-2018 conference
budget request. The General Co-chairs (GCs) and Program Co-chairs (PCs) were recruited and
selected by the previous SC and are quite diverse. The selection was made before the MICRO-2017
protest. For GC, both are men, but one is Asian in Japan from and the other is White in US. For
PC, one is Asian woman in US and the other is Asian man in US. This continues the trend of more
diverse GCs and PCs that started in 2016. The previous SC was already taking steps to recruit
diverse candidates and improve the diversity of the general chairs and program chairs long
before the protest at MICRO-2017.
Due to the organizers’ excellent fundraising efforts, the registration fees of MICRO-2018 will
be lower than both MICRO-2017 (Boston) and MICRO-2016 (Taipei).
TCuARCH 2018 budget. The 2017 CGO, ISPASS, and MICRO conference organizers have made
great progress closing their conference books. Please join me to thank them for their great
service to our community. I am now working to finalize the first TCuARCH budget under the new
IEEE financial model, which would allow us to use conference surplus funds for new initiatives
such as childcare support at our conferences.
Sexual misconduct. TCuARCH and TCCA have been in discussion with ACM SigARCH on the
ACM CARES initiative. We are working towards a coherent strategy for ensuring that our
conferences provide a safe environment for technical discussions and collaborations. As I
stated in the March 2018 update, I would like to encourage
anyone who has experienced or witnessed any inappropriate behavior in the microarchitecture
community, especially at a TCuARCH sponsored conference, to please contact me at
email@example.com with specific details so that I can
work with the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct committee and staff to investigate and take action
on any such offense. We cannot tolerate any sexual misconduct in our conferences.
Wen-mei Hwu is a Professor and AMD Jerry Sanders Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wen-mei serves as the current chair
of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Microarchitecture (TCuARCH).