31st IEEE Int. Conf. ASAP, Online Conference, 6-7 July 2020
The 31st IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP 2020) was hosted by The University of Manchester, from July 6 to 7, 2020. ASAP 2020 took place as an Online Conference and attracted 110 participants. The conference continued the long-standing ASAP tradition of reporting top-notch results in application-specific computer architectures and related areas.
In the welcome address, General Chair Dirk Koch (University of Manchester) and Program Chair Frank Hannig (FAU) highlighted the privilege of organizing ASAP and provided statistics on the submissions. In response to the call for papers, 118 abstract submissions with affiliations to 26 countries were received, and 87 papers went to the review process. With the help of 61 members of the Technical Program Committee, who carried out 340 reviews (about four per submission) and having intensely scrutinized the reviews, the organizers were pleased to present a high-quality technical program. The program included 21 long papers (24% acceptance rate) and 12 short papers at the online conference.
The selected papers have been divided into thematic areas (six sessions), highlighting the current research endeavors within application-specific systems, architectures, and processors. The sessions covered topics on heterogeneous computing, reconfigurable accelerators, machine learning and acceleration of neural networks, cloud computing, emerging technologies, neuromorphic computing, edge computing, approximate computing, and computer arithmetic. The strong technical program was complemented by two keynote talks on: “An Overview of High Performance Computing and Using Mixed Precision in Numerical Computations to Speedup Linear Algebra Solvers” by Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA; and “Formally Verifying Hardware for Secure and Private Computing” by Satnam Singh, Google Research, USA.
Since networking and social aspects are often neglected at online conferences, there was an “After-ASAP Drink” at the end of the event. Here, everybody had his or her favorite drink ready for a video toast and online chat.