PACT 2013

ACM Student Research Competition

2013 Winners

  1. Exposing ILP in Custom Hardware with a Dataflow Compiler IR: Ali Mustafa Zaidi
  2. Can Lock-free and Combining Techniques Co-exist? A Novel Approach on Concurrent Queue: Changwoo Min
  3. Task Sampling Computer Architecture Simulation in the Many-Core Era: Thomas Grass

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 11:59pm Eastern Time Friday June 21, 2013
Acceptance notification: 11:59pm Eastern Time Friday July 12, 2013
Poster Session for Accepts: 12:30 - 14:30, Edinburgh, Monday Sept 9, 2013
Presentations for Finalists: 16:30 - 18:00, Edinburgh, Monday Sept 9, 2013


Submissions to the PACT 2013 ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) must be submitted electronically at the following site:

PACT 2013 SRC Submission Site

The submission should be in pdf format, not exceeding 1 page, and not exceeding 800 words. Figures and References are fine, and must fit within the single page. Please feel free to use this latex template to format your paper in this style. Blind submissions are fine, but not required.


The 21st International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) invites participation in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). Sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research, the SRC is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will receive all of the following prizes:

  1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  2. An award plaque and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library.
  3. The names and research abstracts of the winners will be posted on the ACM SRC web site.
  4. An invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist plaques. Grand Finalists and their advisors will be invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the Turing Award.

The SRC consists of two rounds: a poster session and a presentation session. A panel of judges will select a number of finalists from the poster session, who will be invited to the presentation session at PACT 2013 and compete for the prizes. The evaluation will be concentrated on the quality of both visual and oral presentation, the research methods, and the significance of contribution. You can find more information on the ACM Student Research Competition site.


A participant in the SRC must meet all following conditions:
  1. The participant must submit an up to 800-word abstract outlining the content of a poster that is going to be presented during the competition. The abstract must include the poster title, author names, affiliations, and the name of the academic advisor. It should describe the research problem, motivation and background, techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and concisely conveying the work in a poster format. It should state the novelty and contributions of the work explicitly. The submission deadline is Friday June 21, 2013, at 11:59 pm US Eastern Time.
  2. The abstract can have some overlap with previous publications (including PACT-2013), but some significant part of it must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.
  3. The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
  4. The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate student status as of June 21, 2013. Please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19 per year or less:
For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM format will be included in the PACT-2013 conference proceedings. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.

Selection Committee

Chair: Erik Altman, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Rajeev Balasubramonian, University of Utah
Luis Ceze, University of Washington
Jack Davidson, University of Virginia
Evelyn Duesterwald, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
R. Govindarajan, Indian Institute of Science
Jason Mars, University of California, San Diego
Andreas Moshovos, University of Toronto
Gilles Pokam, Intel
Xipeng Shen, William and Mary
Antonia Zhai, University of Minnesota
Cliff Young, DE Shaw Research

Judges - Poster and Presentation Sessions

Calin Cascaval, Qualcomm Research
Christophe Dubach, University of Edinburgh
Jean Luc Gaudiot, University of California
Michael Huang, University of Rochester
Milos Prvulovic, Georgia Tech
Eric Rotenberg, North Carolina State University
Daniel Sanchez, MIT


For questions regarding the submission process, or for additional information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the ACM Student Research Competition Chair, Erik Altman.


The ACM Student Research Competition at PACT-2013 is sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research.

Winners from 2012

  1. Transactional Event Profiling in a Best-Effort Hardware Transactional Memory System: Matthew Gaudet, University of Alberta
  2. Efficient Data Compression for Memory Hierarchies: Gennady Pekhimenko, Carnegie Mellon University
  3. Transparent Runtime Deadlock Elimination: Hari K. Pyla, Virginia Tech