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!

chip layout (photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash)

Upcoming Events

2024 SIGMICRO Distinguished Service Award
Call for Nominations

Award for an individual who has contributed important service to the processor microarchitecture and microsystems community.

  • Nominations due August 31, 2024
2024 SIGMICRO Dissertation Award
Call for Nominations

Award that recognizes excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer microarchitecture.

  • Nominations due August 31, 2024
2024 SIGMICRO Early Career Award
Call for Nominations

Award for an individual who has has made outstanding research contributions to the field of microarchitecture during the early part of their career.

  • Nominations due August 23, 2024
MICRO 2024
Call for Papers

Submit papers to the next MICRO conference, which will be held in Austin!

  • Abstracts due April 11, 2024
  • Full papers due April 18, 2024
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Recent News

Prof. Smruti Sarangi has released two of his computer architecture textbooks along with PowerPoint slides, supplementary material, software and YouTube videos. The books (in PDF format) are free to read and download.

The first book, Basic Computer Architecture, is for 2nd year undergraduate students. It starts from number systems, basic logic gates and assembly language programming -- simpleRISC, ARM, x86 and RISC-V (to be added soon). Students are then introduced to basic processor design, pipelining, caches, memory systems, multiprocessors, storage systems and I/O.

The second book, Next-Gen Computer Architecture, is for final year undergrad. and early-stage post-graduate students. It starts with a detailed explanation of many variants of out-of-order processors and GPUs (with ample introduction to CUDA). The second part of the book focuses on caches, NoCs, multiprocessor memories and the main memory (detailed explanation of DDR-4 and NVMs). The last part talks about advanced topics: reliability, security, process variation, power and temperature management/modelling and processors for AI/ML. Two more chapters will be added soon: one on on-chip photonics and the other on quantum computing.

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The MICRO Test of Time (ToT) award recognizes the most influential papers published in prior sessions of the International Symposium on Microarchitecture®. One winner was selected for 2023:

  • Orion: A Power-Performance Simulator for Interconnection Networks (MICRO 2003)
    Hang-Sheng Wang, Xinping Zhu, Li-Shiuan Peh, Sharad Malik

Congratulations to the winners! You can read brief citations about the impact and significance of their paper.

Congratulations to three recent award winners for significant contributions to the SIGMICRO community / excellent thesis research / outstanding early career research!

  • Yan Solihin, 2023 SIGMICRO Distinguished Service Award
    Yan is being recognized for his enduring and broad contributions including his work as NSF Program Director, his leadership of the SIGMICRO History Project, co-founding SEED, and his many stints as general and program chair of leading conferences.
  • Kazem Taram, 2023 SIGMICRO Dissertation Award
    Kazem is being recognized for his dissertation which deepens our understanding of how microarchitectural optimizations can leak information and proposes secure yet high-performance architectures that preserve those optimizations, easing the inherent security-performance tension.
  • Jian Huang, 2023 SIGMICRO Early Career Award
    Jian is being recognized for his pioneering contributions to persistent memory, storage architectures and systems.