CLOSED Call for Papers: Special Issue on Highlights of Computer Architecture

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Submissions Due: 22 July 2020

IEEE Transactions on Computers seeks original manuscripts for a special issue on Highlights of Computer Architecture (HiCA). The special issue provides the top-quality journal venue for scientists and engineers to present their latest research findings in this rapidly changing field. Authors of computer architecture conferences in the past 12 months, including but not limited to HPCA 2020, ISCA 2019, and MICRO 2019, are encouraged to submit extended versions of their papers. All aspects of computer architecture are within the scope of this special issue. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Accelerators
  • Architecture applications of machine learning
  • Caches
  • Cloud, datacenter, cluster/distributed systems
  • Embedded, IoT
  • Emerging technologies
  • FPGAs and reconfigurable GPUs
  • Hardware/software interactions/interface
  • ILP techniques (speculation, prediction, prefetching, etc.)
  • IO, storage
  • Memory – high level (VM/TLB, persistency, etc.)
  • Memory – low level (devices, organization, etc.)
  • Networking, interconnects
  • Parallel/multi-core architectures
  • Performance characterization/modeling
  • Power efficiency and management
  • Quantum architectures
  • Reliability and fault tolerance
  • Security

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must include new, significant, research-based technical contributions in the scope of the journal. Papers under review elsewhere are not acceptable for submission. Extended versions of published conference papers, including, but not limited to, HPCA2020, ISCA2019, and MICRO2019, are welcome, but there must be at least 40% new impacting technical/scientific material in the journal version and there should be less than 50% verbatim similarity level as reported by a tool (such as CrossRef). The submission must also include the original conference paper with a detailed summary of differences. Submit your paper through ScholarOne and select the Hi-CA special-issue option. As per TC policies, only full-length papers (12+ pages) can be submitted to the special issue (no brief contributions will be considered), and each author’s bio must not exceed 150 words. Papers that are not accepted into the special issue will be considered for a TC regular issue.

Important Dates

  • Open for Submissions: July 1, 2020
  • Submission Deadline: July 22, 2020
  • Reviews Completed: August 31, 2020
  • Major Revisions Due: September 15, 2020
  • Reviews of Revisions Completed: September 30, 2020
  • Notification of Final Acceptance: October 7, 2020
  • Publication Materials for Final Manuscripts Due: October 21, 2020
  • Publication: November 2020


Please address all correspondence regarding this special issue to Lead Guest Editor Yan Solihin at

Guest Editors
Yan Solihin
Director of Cyber Security & Privacy Cluster, Charles N. Milican Professor
University of Central Florida

Jun Yang
Professor, ECE
University of Pittsburgh

Corresponding Topical Editor (CTE)
Avinash Karanth
Professor, EECS
Ohio University