Call for Papers 2023

FCCM 2023 Call for Papers

Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP)
Held in co-operation with IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture (TCCA)

The IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM) 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.

FCCM 2023 is planned to be an in-person event. Please refer to the FCCM website for updates and details. At least one author will be required to register and attend the conference. Failure to present at the conference may result in the removal of the submission from IEEE Xplore.

Submissions are solicited on the following topics including, but not limited to:

Architectures, Hardware, and Systems

  • Novel reconfigurable architectures, including overlay architectures and coarse-grained 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
  • 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

Abstractions, Programming Models, and Tools

  • Abstractions, programming models, interfaces, and runtimes, including virtualization
  • New languages and design frameworks for spatial or heterogeneous applications
  • High-level synthesis and designer productivity in general
  • Software-defined systems (e.g. radio, networks, frameworks for new domains)
  • Customizable soft-processor systems

Algorithms and Applications

  • Computational models and parallel algorithms
  • Performance modeling
  • FPGAs at the edge
  • Domain-specific architectures and overlays
  • Datacenter 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
  • Applications that demonstrate benefits of customized computing machines
  • Tools and methods for automatically generating application-specific computing machines
  • Novel use of state-of-the-art commercial FPGAs

Submission Website: fccm2023.hotcrp.com

Important Dates:

All deadlines apply to the Anywhere on Earth (UTC – 12) timezone

Abstracts DueJanuary 9, 2023 (NO EXTENSIONS)
Submissions DueJanuary 16, 2023 (NO EXTENSIONS)
Workshop Proposals DueFebruary 13, 2023
Rebuttal PeriodFebruary 24 - 28, 2023
Notification of Acceptance March 21, 2023
Demo Night Submissions Due April 15, 2023
Notification of Demo Acceptance April 18, 2023
Camera-Ready SubmissionApril 11, 2023
Early Bird RegistrationApril 19, 2023
ConferenceTBD

Organizing Committee:

General ChairViktor Prasanna University of Southern California
Vice General ChairChristian PilatoPolitecnico di Milano
Program ChairNachiket KapreUniversity of Waterloo/AMD AECG
Program Vice ChairsAbstractions, Programming Models and Tools: John Wickerson
Imperial College
Algorithms and Applications: Hayden So
University of Hong Kong
Architectures, Hardware and Systems: Grace ZgheibIntel
Artifacts ChairsChris LavinAMD AECG
Miriam Leeser Northeastern University
Finance ChairAndrew SchmidtUniversity of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute
Hybridization ChairsDebjit Pal
University of Illinois, Chicago
Jason LinUniversity of Southern California
Sponsorship ChairsHugo Andrade
AMD AECG
Lana JosipovicETH
Publications ChairYuan MengUniversity of Southern California
Workshops and Tutorials ChairGabriel WeiszMangoBoost
Publicity and Website ChairCong (Callie) HaoGeorgia Tech
Local Arrangements ChairsSasindu Wijeratne
University of Southern California
Bingyi ZhangUniversity of Southern California

Paper Types:

Submissions can be made for any of the two paper types:

  1. Traditional technical papers that introduce and evaluate new technologies. These papers must have strong empirical results and address significant challenges of the corresponding problem.
  2. 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 the significance and technical soundness of the practical contribution.

Paper Formats:

Long papers are limited to 10 pages (excluding references). Short papers are limited to 6 pages (excluding references). Authors are encouraged to submit preliminary work or work-in-progress research as a short paper. This category is intended for new projects and early results or work that can be concisely presented in the 6-page budget. Submissions accepted as posters will have a one-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 in more than one of the formats.

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 the 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. Overleaf users can find the LaTeX template here. A Microsoft Word template is available here.

Paper Preparation:

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.

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.

Review Process:

FCCM uses a double-blind reviewing system. Manuscripts must not identify authors or their affiliations. Authors are encouraged to cite their 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 handling the blind-review process, contact the program chair.

FCCM 2023 includes a rebuttal phase. Specific questions from reviewers will be made available by February 24th. Authors have the option to provide an up to 500-word response by February 28th. Reviewers will consider the responses during final paper deliberations.

Artifact Evaluation (New for FCCM 2023):
For the first time at FCCM, authors of accepted full length papers can optionally participate in an artifact evaluation process.  The inclusion of artifacts with a paper submission is not required for submission nor elevates the submission beyond those without.  However, the goal of artifact evaluation is to encourage the availability and reproducibility of published results. 

Artifacts that are included with submission will be subjected to a separate and independent review process from their accompanying papers.  Papers submitted with artifacts must preserve the double-blind nature of the review process and all relevant links should be removed for blind review.  Artifacts will be disclosed in a separate form that will be evaluated after paper acceptance.  Details of artifact submission and the evaluation process will be forthcoming and described on the FCCM website. 

Note: Artifact submission is optional, and authors are not required to open source their work.  

More information about Artifact Evaluation can be found here.

Best Paper Award and a Special Section for the Best FCCM 2023 Papers in ACM TRETS:

FCCM 2023 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 2023. We are also considering papers from different tracks to submit extended journal articles to other parallel computing conferences (under discussion).

Questions:

Questions about this call, submissions, and potential submissions should be directed to the program chair, Nachiket Kapre.