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04.04.2016 – 07.04.2016: 29th GI/ITG International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems (ARCS), Nürnberg

The 29th International Conference on Architecture of Computing Systems (ARCS 2016) was hosted by the Department of Computer Science at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany, during April 4–7, 2016. ARCS 2016 took place in Nuremberg at FAU’s Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law in Nuremberg and attracted 100 participants. The conference continued the long-standing ARCS tradition of reporting top-notch results in computer architecture and other related areas. ARCS was founded in 1970 by the German computer pioneer Prof. Wolfgang Händler, who also founded the Computer Science Department at FAU in 1966.

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In the welcome address, General Chair Dietmar Fey and Program Chair Frank Hannig, both FAU, highlighted the privilege of having brought ARCS back to its roots in honor of the CS Department’s 50th anniversary and provided statistics on the submissions. In response to the call for papers, 87 submissions were received with affiliations to 31 countries, which clearly demonstrates ARCS’s international character, although a large share (39%) was coming from authors in Germany. With the help of 61 members of the Technical Program Committee, who carried out 325 reviews (about four per submission) and having intensely scrutinized the reviews, we were pleased to present a high-quality technical program that included a total of 29 papers (33%) at the conference.

The strong technical program was complemented by three keynote talks on: “Knights Landing Intel Xeon Phi CPU: Path to Parallelism with General Purpose Programming” by Avinash Sodani, Chief Architect ’Knights Landing’ Xeon-Phi processor at Intel Corporation; “Massive Parallelism – C++ and OpenMP Parallel Programming Models of Today and Tomorrow” by Michael Wong, CEO of OpenMP Corporation; and “Heterogeneous Systems Era” by John Glossner, President of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation (HSAF) and CEO Optimum Semiconductor Technologies; as well as five workshops and a tutorial.

Beside the technical program, the combined visit of the special exhibition “From Abacus to Exascale – Vom Abakus zu Exascale”, the conference dinner and best paper award ceremony in the Museum of Industrial Culture in Nuremberg on Wednesday evening was another highlight.

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For more information, see https://www3.cs.fau.de/arcs2016
The proceedings of ARCS 2016 are published in the Springer Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS) series, Vol 9637.