Workshop on Computer Architecture Education

Held in conjunction with the

48th International Symposium on Computer Architecture

Online, Thursday, 17 June 2021



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 220 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
  • Tools and techniques for autograding non-programming assignments
  • Prototyping
  • 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. More recent papers are in the ACM Digital Library.

Submission of contributions

Authors should submit a full paper (not to exceed 8 pages) via EasyChair, following the ACM proceedings templates.

Ed Gehringer


Department of Computer Science
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Box 8206
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206
+1 919 515-2066

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 21, 2021
Author Notification: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Final Paper Due Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Copies of papers presented at the workshop will be made available through the ACM Digital Library

Program Committee

Jim Conrad, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Henry Duwe, Iowa State University
Subramanian Ganesan, Oakland University
Xinfei Guo, University of Virginia
Sarah Harris, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Lei Jiang, Indiana University
Dave Kaeli, Northeastern University
Michael Manzke, Trinity College, Dublin
Yale Patt, University of Texas
Diane Rover, Iowa State University
Devesh Tiwari, Northeastern University

Updated on 3 March 2021