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My first submission experience to IEEE Computer Architecture Letters (CAL) was nothing like any other conference or journal submission before. Reviews were back in under a month, and yet they were thorough and insightful. The reviewers did not get lost in the evaluation details; instead, they zeroed in on the innovation, or as one reviewer put it, the “wow factor.” Yale Patt, the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) at the time, was exceedingly helpful and supportive.
A few years later, with CAL quickly gaining recognition in our research community, and with Kevin Skadron at the helm as new EIC, I was thrilled to join the Editorial Board as an Associate Editor. In 2011, I became Kevin’s sidekick as Associate EIC, and got to learn the ropes from a phenomenal leader. In 2012, when Kevin was about to become department chair at the University of Virginia, I agreed to step up as Acting EIC of CAL. Finally, in 2013, I started my tenure as CAL’s newest EIC.
I am humbled and excited about the prospect of leading CAL’s next phase. To say that I have big shoes to fill is a great understatement. Although it is a big responsibility, it was frankly easy to accept, given Kevin’s excellent mentoring, the outstanding composition of the Editorial Board, and the wonderfully competent and helpful staff at the IEEE Computer Society.
My goal during my tenure as CAL’s EIC will be to further increase its visibility in our research community, and to attract more submissions from computer architecture leaders. The “Best of CAL” session at HPCA, which has taken place for the last couple of years, is a good step in this direction. I am also committed to continue improving the coordination with authors and conference program chairs, and to consolidate CAL’s unique place in the publication pipeline as the prime venue for quick dissemination of high-quality novel ideas and early results.
To help me accomplish this, I am very fortunate to count on Lieven Eeckhout as CAL’s new Associate EIC. Lieven is of course a highly accomplished, award-winning architecture researcher, but he is also an extraordinarily prompt and thorough Associate Editor, and he has contributed significantly to initiatives such as “Best of CAL.”
I eagerly look forward to working with all of you to bring CAL to new levels of success and impact.
José F. Martínez