Energy-Efficient Computing

Full paper submission deadline: 1 March 2016
Abstracts due: 22 January 2016 (mail to
Publication date: October 2016

Computer plans an October 2016 special issue on energy-efficient computing.

When exascale computer systems begin operation, estimated for early 2020, we will usher in an era with power and energy consumption as scalable computing’s primary concerns. To achieve viable performance, revolutionary methods — as well as a stronger integration among hardware, system software, and applications — will be required. Equally important will be the ability to conduct fine-grained spatial and temporal measurements and control, which will facilitate energy-efficient computing across all layers of current and future computer systems.

Existing energy-efficient approaches rely heavily on just low-power hardware, which will not help overcome the emerging challenges. It is pivotal for hardware to enable energy-efficient mechanisms to dynamically optimize power consumption for various workloads and to reduce data motion, which increases energy consumption. Also, high-fidelity measurement techniques, typically ignored in data-center-level measurement, are important for scalable and energy-efficient interplay in different application, system software, and hardware layers.

For this special issue, Computer seeks submissions offering research results and experimental solutions related to energy-efficient computing issues. Example topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Power-aware applications, system software, and architectures that significantly increase energy efficiency
  • In-band and out-of-band infrastructures for high-resolution energy management throughout the hardware/software stack
  • Analysis, modeling, simulation, and optimization techniques for balancing the interplay among performance, power, and reliability
  • Low-power-consumption design methodologies for big data centers

Only articles describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered. Updates to ongoing research efforts are welcome, as long as the content is at least 30 percent different from published manuscripts, the new document cites the authors’ previous work, and the authors provide the editors with a description of how the new document differs.
Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer-science and -engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.


Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors:

Articles are due by 1 March 2016. For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit

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