A Workshop for Early-stage Graduate Students in Computer Architecture
The Young Architect Workshop (YArch, pronounced “why arch”) is a workshop for junior graduate students and research-active undergraduate students studying computer architecture and related fields. This year's YArch is organized in conjunction with the 27th ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2022). ASPLOS will be in person this year, and YArch will follow suit. However, for presenters who are unable to travel, there will be a virtual component that will allow them to participate remotely.
The central theme of the YArch workshop is to serve as a welcoming venue for early-stage graduate students (or undergrads interested in research) to present their ongoing work and receive feedback from experts within the community. In addition, this workshop aims to help students in building connections both with their peers and established architects in the community. To this end, YArch will include:
Route to Top-tier: Each submitted work will receive two or more expert reviews. The aim of these reviews will be to give early guidance on important boxes to check for the submitted work to be a future successful top tier conference paper.
Meet an Architect: As part of the workshop, attendees will be paired with experts in their chosen research area to get feedback on their ongoing work and future research directions.
Becoming an Architect: The workshop will include keynote talks from academic and industry leaders specifically geared towards early stage graduate students.
Ask an Architect: The workshop will include a panel of established architects in industry and academia from whom students can seek career advice.
John Alsop, AMD Research Akshitha Sriraman, CMU/Google Mengjia Yan, MIT
Applicants must be either (a) research-active undergraduate students aiming for graduate school, or (b) graduate students (Masters and/or PhD) in computer architecture and related fields who have completed less than 3 years of graduate school at the time of the workshop. A note from the student’s research advisor attesting this is required as part of the submission.
Eligible students are invited to submit their early stage or on-going work to this workshop. Submitted work should not have been presented as part of a prior ACM/IEEE conference.
Note: This workshop is not a venue for publication and there will be no formal proceedings.
Topics of Interest
The workshop invites papers from all areas of computer architecture, broadly defined. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:
The goal of this workshop is to help students think about a problem/idea in an holistic manner and communicate your ideas to the wider community, so that we can provide some valuable early-stage feedback. To this end, we encourage you to cover the following aspects in your submission:
Scope of problem/idea: Provide clear context for and scope of the problem(s) or idea(s) you intend to work on. This will likely form the basis of the introduction/background sections of your future work(s).
Solution: Provide an overview of the design and implementation aspects of your solution(s) to the problem(s) described above. Given this is on-going work, focus more on providing breadth than depth. For example, beside describing the design of your idea, enlist the various system aspects which your proposed solutions will affect (e.g. does your proposed solution affect coherence protocols?) and that if you plan to discuss these effects in your future submission(s).
Evaluation methodology: Discuss the evaluation methodology you plan to adopt to test the efficacy of your ideas. For example, the workloads that you plan to use, the tools you’ll employ (e.g., architectural simulator, real world experiments, FPGA prototypes), etc.
Related work: This can be the traditional related work section. Please specify if you plan to quantitatively compare against some prior work.
Submissions must be PDF files, in 2-column, single-spaced, 10pt format, at most 2 pages long, not including references.
Submissions are double-blind. Please do not have any author identifying information in the paper submitted.
Please have your research advisor send the workshop organizers an email with the following subject line “<Your name> meets YArch’22 eligibility requirements” to “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Submission deadline: December 23rd, 2021, 11:59pm EST
When registering a submission, all its co-authors must provide information about conflicts with the YArch’22 program committee members. You are conflicted with a member if:
you are currently employed at the same institution, have been previously employed at the same institution within the past two years (2019 or later), or are going to begin employment at the same institution;
you have a past or present association as thesis advisor or advisee (no time limit);
you have collaborated on a project, publication, grant proposal, or editorship within the past two years (2019 or later);
or, you have spouse or first-degree relative relations.