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TCuARCH March 2018 Update

March 21, 2018

Dear members of the TCuARCH Community,

My term as your TCuARCH Chair started on February 1, 2018. During this coming year, I would like to provide you with regular updates on the state of TCuARCH. Here is the March 2018 update:

  1. MICRO conference steering committee. In December 2017, a new and diverse steering committee was formed to (1) oversee the activities of the MICRO 51 organizing committee and (2) author bylaws for MICRO. The current membership of the MICRO steering committee can be found at https://www.microarch.org/. The steering committee is diligently working on bylaws that clearly and thoughtfully define the rules for the membership of the steering committee. Both SIGMICRO and TCuARCH are involved in the development of the bylaws.
  2. TCuARCH budget. I have been working with the IEEE Computer Society staff to close the books on the still pending 2017 conferences. This is critical for TCuARCH to have a 2018 budget, which is required for us to fund student travel grants for CGO, ISPASS, and MICRO.
  3. MICRO Community Survey. I am working with the MICRO steering committee to review the MICRO community survey data.
  4. Community input. I would like to thank the numerous individuals who have shared their experience with and expectations for the TCuARCH sponsored conferences with me since the election. It is very important for the organizations to hear from the broad community rather than only from the members who are willing to speak out in public. If you would like to share your experience and ideas with me, please contact me at w-hwu@illinois.edu to arrange for a confidential discussion.
  5. Transparency. I am working with the MICRO steering committee to curate, verify and present the data on the committee membership and conference attendance at www.microarch.org.
  6. Sexual misconduct. It has been brought to my attention that there have been reports of sexually inappropriate behavior during conferences in the broad computer architecture community. I would like to encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed such inappropriate behavior in the microarchitecture community, especially at a TCuARCH sponsored conference, to please contact me at w-hwu@illinois.edu with specific details so that I can work with the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct committee and staff to investigate and take action on any such offense. We cannot tolerate any sexual misconduct in our conferences.

About the Author

Wen-mei Hwu is a Professor and AMD Jerry Sanders Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wen-mei serves as the current chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Microarchitecture (TCuARCH).

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