{{NEW}} Workshop Schedule Updated

Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2011 November 15, 2011 (Over)

Registration and Fee payment Information Updated

The objective of this workshop is to solicit presentations on successful experiences and promising ideas for teaching Computer Architecture and Digital Design

Computer architecture education today is mostly descriptive and does not provide the excitement and intellectual vigor to the students that come from problem solving and hands-on design experience. Simple pipelined architectures are taught using abstract circuit diagrams depicting gates, registers and memories, while more complex architectures are taught even more informally. Is this primarily due to the non-availability of tools and design techniques that permit quick explorations of design alternatives? Can this situation be changed?

The goal of the workshop is to bring together educators and researchers who have experience in teaching computer architecture and digital design and learn from their experiences. We would like the participants to share their experiences in using the tools they use for teaching. We will have a keynote by Professor Arvind, MIT, on the novel approach to teaching architecture and digital design that he has been experimenting with at MIT and Seoul National University

Topics to of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Target Audience: Teachers, professors in the area of computer architecture, digital design, compilers, EDA tools etc.; practicing architects and designers. Anyone who would like to contribute to hands-on design courses.


Room 101
Bharati Building
IIT Delhi Campus
New Delhi 110016

Directions: Once you enter from the main gate of IIT, you would see the main building in front (that is the only tall 8 storey building). After the main building there would be a small triangular ground and after that on your right you would see the Bharti building with sports grounds on the left. The workshop would be held on the ground floor as you enter the building.


Please submit an abstract (maximum 500 words) by email to to Amey Karkare (karkare [AT] iitk.ac.in) on or before October 31, 2011 November 15, 2011 (Extended)(Over). We will try to accommodate everyone who wants to speak as permitted by the time constraint.


Registration fees:

Indian Participants from Academia Rs. 2500
Other Indian Participants Rs. 5000
Participants from Outside India USD 100

The fees will include lunch and coffee breaks.

{{NEW}} Registration form:         ODT        DOC        PDF       

Payment Options
1. Draft/Cheque : The Draft/Cheque should be made in the name of Workshop on Computer Architecture Education, payable at Kanpur. Completed form, with Draft/Cheque, should be sent to the following address:

    Amey Karkare
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    IIT Kanpur - 208016

2: Electronic Transfer : The bank details for the transfer are:

Account Name Workshop on Computer Architecture Education
Account Number 32011162485
Account Type Savings
Bank State Bank of India
Branch Code 1161
Branch & Address IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, U.P., India - 208016

Please mail the details of the transfer by email to to Amey Karkare (karkare [AT] iitk.ac.in), with a copy of the registration form as attachment.

NOTE: Some sponsorships might be available. For details of the sponsorships, the participants may contact Prof. V Kamakoti (veezhi [AT] gmail.com).

Schedule: December 15th, 2011

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM Session 1: Inauguration Session
09:00 AM - 9:30 AM Inauguration Prof M Balakrishnan, Prof V Kamakoti, Prof Rajat Moona
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote: A Constructive Approach to Teaching Computer Architecture Prof Arvind, MIT, USA
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Invited Lecture: Learning Computer Architecture through Experimentation Prof Anshul Kumar, IIT Delhi
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Tea Break
11:30 AM - 01:35 PM Session 2: Faculty Presentations
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM Teaching a Undergraduate Computer Architecture Course: SNU CSE Experience Prof Jihong Kim, Seoul National University
11:55 AM - 12:20 PM Teaching a Undergraduate Computer Architecture Course: IIT Chennai Experience Prof Kamakoti V, IIT Chennai
12:20 PM - 12:45 PM Introduction of Hardware Design in Computer Organization Course in a Structured Way at IIT Kanpur Prof Rajat Moona, Prof Amey Karkare, IIT Kanpur
12:45 PM - 01:10 PM Teaching Computer Architecture Using a Mobile Device Prof SRN Reddy, IP University
01:10 PM - 02:10 PM Lunch Break
02:10 PM - 03:00 PM Session 3: Faculty Presentations (Contd...)
02:10 PM - 02:35 PM Teaching Digital Design through PSoC Prof Srinivas Mandalika, BITS Pilani
02:35 PM - 03:00 PM Enhanced WBEM Architecture for Heterogeneous Networks Prof Manvi Mishra, SRMSCET Bareilly
03:00 PM - 05:15 PM Session 4: Student and Industry Presentations
03:00 PM - 03:20 PM Hardware Architecture Design Of Present And Future Tablet PCs Priyanka, Anjali Arora, Banasthali Vidyapeeth
03:20 PM - 03:40 PM VirtuQ Labs : Virtualizing Computer Architecture and Information Technology Education Basant Dwivedi, Anup Gangwar, VirtuQ
03:40 PM - 04:10 PM Invited Lecture: REDEFINE Architecture Framework for Reconfigurable Silicon Cores Prof S K Nandy, IISc Bangalore
04:10 PM - 05:15 PM Industry's past support to Computer Architecture Education, Future support plans and their return expectations from Academic Institutions Intel, AMD, Bluespec (All to be confirmed)
05:15 PM - 05:30 PM Session 5: Concluding Remarks


  • Arvind - Laboratory for Computer Science, MIT
  • M. Balakrishnan - Department of CSE, IIT Delhi
  • V. Kamakoti - Department of CSE, IIT Madras
  • Amey Karkare - Department of CSE, IIT Kanpur
  • Jihong Kim - School of CSE, Seoul National University
  • Rajat Moona - Department of CSE, IIT Kanpur and CDAC