Nearly 50 students will have the opportunity to attend an international microarchitecture conference, thanks to an NSF travel grant awarded to Xiaochen Guo, Rossin assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at Lehigh University.

The 51st Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-51) 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.

Attendance at MICRO is considered an integral part of computer systems design education and research in academia. The award goes a long way toward supporting workforce development in the important area of computer engineering.

The conference is attended by leading researchers from technology companies. In fact, the MICRO community has always enjoyed a close interaction between academic researchers and industrial designers.

One goal of the grant is to enhance the diversity of the attendees in order to seek a balance between underrepresented groups among MICRO participants.

"We need to encourage participation of underrepresented groups starting with students," Guo said.

Upon completion of the project, Guo will submit a report to NSF with details of student experiences along with details related to the support provided by the grant.

"We want everyone to feel welcome, respected, and have a sense of belonging," Guo added.

In addition to the three-day main conferences, MICRO-51 will host the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) for both graduate and undergraduate students. Other workshops and tutorials include:

  • Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC-V) Architecture
  • Photonics-Optics Technology Oriented Networking, Information and Computing Systems (PHOTONICS)
  • Network-on-Chip Architectures (NoCArc)
  • Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture
  • First Annual Workshop on Domain Specific System Architecture
  • AMD Radeon Open Compute and Machine Intelligence: Hardware and Software (ROCm+MIOpen)
  • Intermittent Computing
  • Quantum Computing
  • GenSim: A Toolset for Efficient Binary Translation
  • Labeled von Neumann Architecture (LvNA)
  • Energy Efficient Computing

MICRO-51 runs from October 20-24, 2018 in Fukuoka City, Japan.

-Story by Mary Anne Lynch '16G