[hpc-announce] FCCM 2021 Call for Papers

Xinfei Guo xinfei.guo at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 11:34:02 CDT 2020

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*FCCM 2021 Call for Papers*
The IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing
Machines (FCCM <https://www.fccm.org/>) is the original and premier forum
for presenting and discussing new research related to computing that
exploits the unique features and capabilities of FPGAs and other
reconfigurable hardware. Submissions are solicited on the following topics
related to Field Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCMs) including,
but not limited to:

- Novel reconfigurable architectures, including overlay architectures
- Architectures for high performance and/or low power computing
- Security assessment and enhancements for reconfigurable computing
- Specialized memory systems including volatile, non-volatile, and hybrid
memory subsystems
- Emerging technologies with in-field reconfiguration abilities
- Clusters, data centers, or large systems of reconfigurable devices
- Heterogeneous programmable architectures

*Abstractions, Programming Models, and Tools* - Abstractions, programming
models, interfaces, and runtimes, including virtualization
- New languages and design frameworks for spatial or heterogeneous
- High-level synthesis and designer productivity in general
- Software-Defined-systems (e.g. radio, networks, frameworks for new
- Customizable soft processors systems
- Run-time management of reconfigurable hardware
- System resilience/fault tolerance for reconfigurable hardware
- Evolvable, adaptable, or autonomous reconfigurable computing systems
- Security assessment and enhancement of run-time reconfiguration
- Data center or cluster with reconfigurable applications
- New uses of run-time reconfiguration in applications-specific systems
- Applications that utilize reconfigurable technology for performance and
efficiency, and particularly submissions that make comparisons with other
highly parallel architectures such as GPUs or DSPs
- Novel use of state-of-the-art commercial FPGAs

*Submission Website:*

*Important Dates:*
All deadlines apply to the *Anywhere on Earth (UTC – 12)* timezone

Abstracts Due (All Papers)                          *January 4, 2021*
Submissions Due (All Papers)                     January 11, 2021
Rebuttal Period                                            February 8 - 12,
Notification of Acceptance (All Papers)       March 8, 2021
Demo Night Submissions                            March 22, 2021 (No
Notification of Acceptance (Demo Night)     March 29, 2021
Camera-Ready Submission                         April 5, 2021
Early Registration Deadline                         TBD
Conference                                                  *May 9 - May
12, 2021*

*Organizing Committee:*
General Chair                               Christophe Bobda (University of
Program Chair                              Greg Stitt (University of
Publications Chair                         Jakub Szefer (Yale University)
Finance Chair                                Andrew Schmidt (University of
Southern California ISI)
Workshops Chair                          Laura Pozzi (USI Lugano)
Publicity and Website Chair          Xinfei Guo (NVIDIA)
Expo and Demo-Night Chair         Gabriel Weisz (Microsoft)
Panel Chair                                   Farinaz Koushanfar (UCSD)
Sponsorship Chair                        Grace Zgheib (Intel)
Local Arrangement Chair              TBD

*Paper Types:*
Submissions can be made for any of the three paper types:

- *Traditional technical papers* that introduce and evaluate new
technologies. These papers must have strong empirical results and must
address major challenges of the corresponding problem.
- *Practical papers* that make significant practical contributions,
including industry papers, as opposed to introducing and evaluating new
technologies. For example, new tools built on existing technologies that
help practitioners better use FPGAs. Practical papers will be reviewed
based on significance and technical soundness of the practical contribution.
- *Work-in-progress papers *that present promising ideas that are too
preliminary to solve all related technical challenges, but still provide
some empirical data to make a convincing argument about the potential
contribution after maturation.

*Paper Formats:*
- Long papers are limited to *8 *pages. Short papers are limited to *4* pages.
The long/short formats apply to technical papers and practical papers.
Work-in-progress papers are 4 pages for the initial submission, with an
optional *2* additional pages after acceptance. Submissions accepted as
posters will have a 1-page extended abstract.
- Page restrictions for all formats exclude references, which may use
additional pages. Submissions violating the formatting requirements may be
automatically rejected. Do not submit the same work as more than one of the
- With the exception of work-in-progress papers, accepted papers will have
the same page lengths as initial submissions. Short papers will have short
oral presentations and long papers may have long or short presentations
based on committee decisions on time required to present the material.
- All submissions should be written in English. An online submission link
will be available on the FCCM website. Papers must conform to the US
letter-sized IEEE conference proceedings format to be reviewed and
published. A conformant LaTeX template is available here
<https://fccm.org/templates/latex_template_fccm19.zip> and a Microsoft Word
template is available here
<https://fccm.org/templates/word_template_fccm19.doc>. Overleaf users can
find the LaTeX template here

*Review Process:*
- FCCM uses a double blind reviewing system. Manuscripts must not identify
authors or their affiliations. Authors are encouraged to cite their own
work but must not implicitly identify themselves. For example, references
that clearly identify the authors (“We build on our previous work…”) should
be written as “This work builds on XYZ [citation]”. Do not put a “deleted
for double-blind” entry in the reference section.
- In the case of widely-available Open Source software, authors should cite
the website(s) but not claim to own them. Authors should also remember to
mask grant numbers and other government markings during the review process.
Note that there are resources to blind open-source repositories for review
such as: https://github.com/tdurieux/anonymous_github.  Papers that attempt
to identify authors or leverage prior work or institutional support for a
competitive advantage in the peer review process will not be considered.
Placing a preliminary version of the unpublished paper on arXiv is not
disqualifying, but it is also not encouraged; just because a paper can be
unblinded by active search will not undermine the spirit of the
double-blind review. Artifacts, including open-source designs and tools are
encouraged; if there are questions about how to handle blind-review,
contact the program chair.
- FCCM 2021 includes a rebuttal phase. *Specific questions from reviewers
will be made available by February 8.* Authors have the option to provide
an up to 500-word response by February 13th. Reviewers will consider the
responses during final paper deliberations.

*Simultaneous Submissions:*
Papers must not be simultaneously under review or waiting to appear at
another conference or in a journal, and must not be essentially the same as
any paper that has been previously published. If a paper contains text or
technical content that is similar to a previously published or submitted
paper, that other paper should be cited in the FCCM submission, and the
differences should be made clear.

*Reviewer Conflicts:*
Authors must register any program-committee conflicts as they submit their
paper. Conflicts can include those that have co-authored a paper in the
past 3 years, those that have current or shared institutional affiliation
within the past year, or other situations in which the relationship would
prevent a reviewer from being objective. Note that if an undeclared
conflict is discovered, or a conflict is declared in an attempt to “game”
the review process, the submission may be rejected. If you believe you may
have a conflict with the program chair, please contact the program chair
well in advance of the submission deadline.

*Best Paper Award and a Special Section for the Best FCCM 2021 Papers in
FCCM 2021 will continue the tradition of having a best long and short paper
award. We will also invite the authors of the best papers to extend their
work to be considered for publication in a special section of ACM’s
Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems (TRETS) for FCCM 2021.

*Special Note to Authors:*
- At least one author of each accepted submission is expected to attend the
conference and present their work. Failure to present in person at the
conference may result in the removal of the submission from IEEE Xplore.
FCCM supports the international community and wants visitors to feel safe
and assured when traveling to the conference. If you are refused entry, and
you can provide appropriate documentation, the conference will refund your
registration with no penalty. If, as a result of documented refused entry,
all authors of a paper are unable to attend, the paper will still appear in
the proceedings for a publication fee to be determined based on IEEE
- In the event that the conference is made virtual due to COVID-19, the
in-person requirement will be eliminated, but at least one-author will
still be required to register and attend the virtual conference.
- Across all topics (and especially for application papers) successful
manuscripts will include sufficient details to reproduce the results
presented (e.g., full part numbers, software versions). Application papers
should not just be an implementation of an application on an FPGA, but
should show how reconfigurable technology is leveraged by the application,
and should ideally contain insights and lessons that can be carried forward
into future designs.  Additional suggestions and guidelines are available
on www.fccm.org. See the ACM/TCFPGA Hall-of-Fame (hof.tcfpga.org) and the
set of previous FCCM Best Paper winners (wiki.tcfpga.org/FCCMBest) for
outstanding examples of FCCM papers.

Questions about this call, submissions, and potential submissions should be
directed to the program chair, Greg Stitt <gstitt at ufl.edu>.

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