The ACM Special Interest Group on Microarchitecture

SIGMICRO is a community of researchers and practitioners interested broadly in the area of computer microarchitecture, including features permitting instruction-level parallelism and their related implications on compiler design. Become a member today!

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Upcoming Events

ACM Student Research Competition
Call for Submissions

PACT 2022 is holding a competition where undergrads and grad students present their research. Winners receive monetary prizes, and and all selected poster presenters get conference registration for free!

  • Abstracts due September 1, 2022
Call for Posters & Participation

The 8th Career Workshop for Inclusion and Diversity in Computer Architecture, held in conjunction with MICRO 2022, is soliciting posters related to any aspect of computer architecture, and is offering travel grants to encourage broad participation.

  • Poster Abstracts due August 28, 2022
  • Travel grant applications due September 4, 2022
2022 SIGMICRO Distinguished Service Award
Call for Nominations

Award for an individual who has contributed important service to the SIGMICRO community.

  • Nominations due September 7, 2022
2022 MICRO Test of Time Award
Call for Nominations

SIGMICRO-sponsored award for papers with a lasting impact from MICRO 2000 to MICRO 2004.

  • Nominations due September 9, 2022

Recent News

The MICRO Test of Time (ToT) award recognizes the most influential papers published in prior sessions of the International Symposium on Microarchitecture®. Three winners were selected for 2020:

  • A Dynamic Multithreading Processor (MICRO 1998)
    Haitham Akkary, Michael A. Driscoll
  • Fetch Directed Instruction Prefetching (MICRO 1999)
    Glenn Reinman, Brad Calder, Todd M. Austin
  • A Permutation-Based Page Interleaving Scheme to Reduce Row-Buffer Conflicts and Exploit Data Locality (MICRO 2000)
    Zhao Zhang, Zhichun Zhu, Xiaodong Zhang

Congratulations to the winners! You can read brief highlights about the impact and significance of each paper on the MICRO website. Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 award.

CASA, the Computer Architecture Student Association, is an independent student-run organization that spans across all of the SIGs and TCs in the computer architecture community. CASA's vision is to ensure student wellbeing and foster a sense of belonging, with the goal of nurturing a vibrant, inviting, and productive student community. Since its formation in October 2020, CASA has spearheaded several initiatives in the community, including student mentoring activities, raising awareness about student wellbeing, and events for socializing and building connections.

Recent events organized by CASA include a summer reading group on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the architecture community, a WCAE 2021 paper on the state of mentoring in the community and the need for long-term mentoring programs, and the online ArchChat social hour. If you're interested in learning more about CASA, or would like to participate in organizing future events, please visit the CASA website and sign up!

SIGARCH, SIGMICRO, TCCA, and TCuARCH join together to express our denunciation of racism and to stand together, particularly in support of African American members of our community, as representatives of our research community. Together, we mourn the innocent Black lives violently taken recently, without cause, including but not limited to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

We recognize that recent events have led to stress, fear and righteous indignation—especially for Black members of our community and for all of us. The values and truths we all hold dear and defend were violated by the torture and killing of an innocent person, a human being, in broad daylight and in front of numerous witnesses by law enforcement, captured on video for all to see and detest. We understand that it is difficult to carry on with business as usual, and we respect time away from professional commitments taken by individuals to deal with these events and the mental load/toll these events are having.

These are indeed dark and difficult days made worse by the isolation we are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we cannot express our distress, empathy, and support in person, we hope that our members find support and comfort in knowing that we as a community stand in solidarity with this moral movement against racism and social injustices.

It is the goal of our SIGs and TCs to support all members of our community in their professional pursuits. With this message, we reaffirm that discrimination and harassment have no place at our events or on our online platforms. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community that allows all of our members to thrive and breathe.

We hope no one will ever experience racism at one of our sponsored events. But if this happens, please know that CARES members and senior leadership are available assist you. Let's remain hopeful and act, together.