The 6th Workshop on the Future of Computing Architectures (FOCA 2021) will be held on Friday October 29th , 2021 in a virtual format. This event is a full-day workshop that provides a forum for invited students in a broad range of fields covering all aspects of architectures for the future of computing. Invited students are expected to showcase their work and interact with their peers and members of the IBM Research community.

The topics covered by FOCA 2021 include but are not limited to:

  • Architectures for artificial intelligence / machine learning.
  • Security- and reliability-aware architectures.
  • Architectures for cloud, high-performance computing, and data centers.
  • Next-generation memory architectures.
  • Parallel architectures.
  • Power‐efficient architectures and systems.
  • Embedded, IoT, reconfigurable, and heterogeneous architectures.
  • Architectures for emerging technology and applications.
  • Quantum computing, quantum circuit optimization.

Past Editions


Organizing Committee

  • Sandhya Koteshwara
  • Karthik Swaminathan
  • David Trilla
  • Augusto Vega

Selection Committee

  • Alper Buyuktosunoglu
  • Anne Gattiker
  • Anthony Saporito
  • Ashish Ranjan
  • Bishwaranjan Bhattacharjee
  • Brian Prasky
  • Bruce D'Amora
  • Bulent Abali
  • Chia-yu Chen
  • Christine Ouyang
  • Hubertus Franke
  • Jaime Moreno
  • Jane Bartik
  • Jinjun Xiong
  • John-David Wellman
  • Kailash Gopalakrishnan
  • Kaoutar el Maghraoui
  • Karthick Rajamani
  • Madhavi G Valluri
  • Manoj Kumar
  • Martin Cochet
  • Matthew Zeigler
  • Monodeep Kar
  • Nagu Dhanwada
  • Paul Crumley
  • Peilin Song
  • Prabhakar Kudva
  • Pradip Bose
  • Prasanth Chatarasi
  • Ravi Nair
  • Sameh Asaad
  • Sanchari Sen
  • Sunil Shukla
  • Swagath Venkataramani
  • Xiaoxiong Gu
  • Xinyu Que

Invited Speakers (Regular Presentations)


Program (Temptative)

(all times are in Eastern Time)

October 29th, 2021
8:50 - 9:00am Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
9:00 - 09:45am Keynote: "TBA" TBA
09:45 - 10:00am Break
10:00 - 12:00am Student Talks
12:00 - 01:30pm Lunch Break
01:30 - 2:15pm Keynote: "TBA" TBA
02:15 - 02:30pm Break
02:30 - 04:30pm Student Talks
04:30 - 04:45pm Break
04:45 - 5:30pm Lightning talks:
Open Q&A for lightning talks (30 mins)
05:30 Concluding Remarks


Sandhya Koteshwara is a Research Staff Member at IBM T J Watson Research Center. Her research interests include secure cloud infrastructure design, embedded system security, cryptographic hardware and semiconductor supply chain integrity. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Minnesota with a thesis focused on hardware security.

Karthik Swaminathan is a research staff member at the Efficient and Resilient Systems Group at the IBM T.J Watson Research Center. His research has a broad, cross-layer scope examining circuit, architecture and application level optimizations for improving the reliability and energy efficiency of multi core systems and accelerators. He also works on characterizing performance and reliability of IBM server-class and mainframe processors at various stages of design. He holds a PhD from Penn State University.

David Trilla is a Post-doctoral Researcher at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He has worked on real-time systems and current research interests include security and agile hardware development. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) granted by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain.

Augusto Vega is a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center involved in research and development work in the areas of highly-reliable power-efficient embedded designs, cognitive systems and mobile computing. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain.