The Fourth Young Architect Workshop

Welcome to the Young Architect Workshop!

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.


Paper registration deadline: December 16th, 2021
Paper submission deadline: December 23rd, 2021
Notification of acceptance: January 26th, 2022
Workshop date (with ASPLOS): March 1st, 2022





John Alsop, AMD Research
Akshitha Sriraman, CMU/Google
Mengjia Yan, MIT
Sanidhya Kashyap, EPFL


To attend YArch please use this Whova link to register:


Time (EST) Time (CET) Event
3:45-4:00am 9:45-10:00am Opening & Introduction
4:00-5:00am 10:00-11:00am Keynote 1: The Road Less Traveled and the Lessons Learned Along the Way
Speaker: Lisa Wu Wills (In-person)
5:00-5:30am 11:00-11:30am Coffee Break
5:30-7:00am 11:30-1:00pm Panel: Demystifying Grad School
Panelist: Elba Garza, Abdulrahman Mahmoud, Boris Grot, Grant Ayers, Timothy Roscoe
7:00-8:15am 1:00-2:15pm Lunch
8:15-9:00am 2:15-3:00pm Lightning Talks
9:00-10:00am 3:00-4:00pm Keynote 2: My Journey to Creating a Successful Career in Academia
Speaker: R. Iris Bahar (Virtual)
10:00-10:15am 4:00-4:15pm Closing Remarks
10:15-10:30am 4:15-4:30pm Coffee Break
10:30-11:30am 4:30-5:30pm Poster Session (In-person)
12:00-1:00pm 6:00-7:00pm Poster Session (Virtual, GatherTown)

Keynote 1: The Road Less Traveled and the Lessons Learned Along the Way (Recording)

Speaker: Lisa Wu Wills (Duke University)


Abstract: As a young architect, you are probably starting to think about your career path after you get your PhD. I spent a significant amount of time in industry before deciding to embark on a career 2.0 in academia. In this talk, I will tell you my story, the choices I made, and the lessons I learned along the way. I hope this will inspire you to do great things in either industry or academia.

Bio: Lisa Wu Wills is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and ECE at Duke University. Prior to Duke, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and a research scientist at Intel Labs. Her research interests include computer architecture and microarchitecture, hardware acceleration, hardware-software co-design, emerging applications in big data such as database and graph analytics, healthcare such as genomics analytics, and artificial intelligence such as natural language processing for drug discovery. Wills has a PhD in computer science from Columbia University, a MS in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BS in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has received an NSF CAREER award, three IEEE Micro Top Picks, and a MICRO best paper award.

Keynote 2: My Journey to Creating a Successful Career in Academia

Speaker: R. Iris Bahar (Colorado School of Mines)


Abstract: Career paths are generally not linear in their progression. We have successes along the way, but setbacks as well. Within the world of academia, as scholars and teachers we are constantly having to reinvent ourselves to stay current. In addition, it is not uncommon to start off with some career goal in mind and then find ourselves re-evaluating, re-calibrating, and re-directing somewhere along the way. In this talk, I will discuss some of my experience establishing myself within my research field and in academia more generally and important lessons I learned (and am still learning) along the way.

Bio: R. Iris Bahar received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She recently joined the faculty at the Colorado School of Mines in January 2022 and serves at Department Head of Computer Science. Before joining Mines, she was on the faculty at Brown University since 1996 and held dual appointments as Professor of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science. Her research interests have centered on energy-efficient and reliable computing, from the system level to device level. Most recently, this includes the design of robotic systems. She served as the Program Chair and General Chair of the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) in 2017, 2018 respectively and the General Chair of the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) in 2019. She is the 2019 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award and the 2019 Brown University School of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching in Engineering. She is a fellow of the IEEE and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Panel: Demystifying Grad School

Panelist: Elba Garza (Texas A&M University)


Elba Garza is a final-year Computer Science PhD student at Texas A&M University working under Daniel A. Jiménez. Her work focuses on making hardware predictive structures & policies (e.g., branch prediction, prefetching, cache replacement) more resilient to evolving computing demands. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from Columbia University, and an MSc in the same from Princeton University. After returning to graduate school for her PhD and seeing fellow graduate students struggle with mental health issues arising from the general toll of academic life, she helped co-found the Computer Architecture Student Association, or CASA. CASA is an independent student-run organization with the express purpose of developing and fostering a positive and inviting student community within computer architecture.
Research interests: microarchitecture, caches, prediction.

Panelist: Abdulrahman Mahmoud (Harvard University)


Abdulrahman is a postdoc researcher in computer science at Harvard University, working with Dr. David Brooks and Dr. Gu-Yeon Wei. His research interests are broadly in the areas of computer architecture, machine learning, reliability, and approximate computing. His work focuses on addressing the role hardware errors play on an application’s error tolerance, by designing tools and techniques to help understand how hardware errors propagate and affect software.
Abdulrahman completed his PhD at UIUC under the guidance of Dr. Sarita Adve in the RSim Research Group. During his graduate studies, he was very fortunate to be the recipient of the Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship, to be invited to the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, and to receive multiple awards for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. He is currently a steering committee member of the Computer Architecture Student Association (CASA), as well as a founding member of the Computer Architecture Long-term Mentoring (CALM) initiative. Prior to joining UIUC, Abdulrahman completed his BSE from Princeton University, where he was the recipient of the John Ogden Bigelow Jr. Prize in Electrical Engineering.

Panelist: Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh)


Boris Grot is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he leads the EASE Lab. His research focuses on understanding and alleviating efficiency bottlenecks and capability shortcomings of processing platforms for data-intensive applications. He did his PhD at UT-Austin followed by a post-doc at EPFL.
Research interests: CPU and memory systems for servers; Interconnects from chip to datacenter scale; Parallel and distributed computing; Serverless and microservices.

Panelist: Grant Ayers (Google)


Grant's architecture career began with accidentally catching his first computer on fire as a kid, and he is currently a senior software engineer at Google. Grant is interested in microarchitecture and memory system optimization, accelerators, and security. Grant has been in industry for two years since graduating from Stanford, where his research focused on understanding and improving the performance of large workloads like web search. He was a repeat intern at Google and credits the successful collaboration between academia and industry as a key enabler of his work.

Panelist: Timothy Roscoe (ETH Zurich)


Timothy Roscoe is a Full Professor in the Systems Group of the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich, where he works on operating systems, networks, and distributed systems, and is currently head of department.
Mothy received a PhD in 1995 from the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, where he was a principal designer and builder of the Nemesis OS. After three years working on web-based collaboration systems at a startup in North Carolina, he joined Sprint's Advanced Technology Lab in Burlingame, California in 1998, working on cloud computing and network monitoring. He joined Intel Research at Berkeley in April 2002 as a principal architect of PlanetLab, an open, shared platform for developing and deploying planetary-scale services. Mothy joined the Computer Science Department ETH Zurich in January 2007, and was named Fellow of the ACM in 2013 for contributions to operating systems and networking research.
His work has included the Barrelfish multikernel research OS, as well as work on distributed stream processors, and using formal specifications to describe the hardware/software interfaces of modern computer systems. Mothy's current research centers on Enzian, a powerful hybrid CPU/FPGA machine designed for research into systems software.



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