TCuARCH October 2018 Update
October 5, 2018
by Wen-mei Hwu
Dear members of the TCuARCH Community,
It is with great pleasure that I send you the October 2018 TCuARCH
community update. As you can see below, we have been making exciting
progress in MICRO conference governing bylaws, MICRO-2017 Survey data,
transparency, re-organizing MICRO Test-of-Time Award Committee, and
We all agree that all conferences in the computer architecture
community can do better in diversity, inclusiveness 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 (and that reported in the previous
updates), I personally believe that MICRO is already comparable or
better than its peer conferences in diversity and transparency.
MICRO Conference Bylaws.
I am excited to report that ACM SIGMICRO and IEEE TCuARCH have
finished our joint review/revision process with the MICRO SC and
voted unanimously to endorse MICRO Bylaws v1.1. You can find the news
release at www.microarch.org. The URL for the Bylaws document is
This is a major step forward for the MICRO community. The MICRO
Bylaws V1.1 clearly defines the election process and term limits for
SC members as well as the process for selecting the annual chairs.
More importantly, it prominently enunciates the importance of
inclusiveness, diversity, and transparency in the selection and
operation of all aspects of the conference.
We all wished that we could have reached this milestone much earlier,
we also realized that we needed to be thorough and patient in our
endeavor for the good of the community.
As I mentioned in the May TCuARCH update, the entire MICRO-2017
survey data set has been organized, plotted, and delivered to MICRO
SC, SigMICRO, and TCuARCH for review. Several action items have been
formulated based on the numerical data. The text response data is
currently being analyzed by an independent evaluation expert,
Prof. Lizanne DeStefano of Georgia Tech. We expect to publish the
final report from Prof. DeStefano the week before MICRO-2018.
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 MICRO Magazine.
Test-of-Time (ToT) Award Committee.
Pradip Bose and the MICRO SC have re-formed the Micro ToT Award
Committee. Its composition is governed by a concrete set of rules,
which are currently based on IEEE TCCA's rules on HPCA Test of Time
Award Committee Composition. The
guidelines for future use are posted on the microarch.org website
and are subject to final approval by the MICRO SC.
As of October 1, the number of registrations for the main conference
has reached 569! If we add workshop-only registrations, we will have
over 600 attendees. We are on track to have another exciting year for
TCuARCH 2018 Budget.
With the new IEEE TC budget model, we now have a better process for
sponsoring student travel grants for all conferences. This will
especially help CGO, which historically have had difficulties due to
the fact that CGO takes place at the beginning of the year.
Starting with MICRO-2018, we are publishing conference code of
conduct and anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies on the
top page of the conference website.
All ACM SIGMICRO, IEEE TCuARCH, and MICRO SC members will be paying
attention to any misconducts during the conference. We will 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).