25th International Symposium on
Computer Architecture


Dear Friends,
As General Chair of the 25th International Symposium on Computer Architecture, and on behalf of all the ISCA98 organizing committee, I'm pleased to give an outline of what the symposium was.

I think people enjoyed having ISCA'98 organized in Barcelona which is a city with a long and intense history. It is a conglomerate of cultures which are displayed through the many remains of the roman and gothic periods in the gothic quarter and the splendor of modernisme of the turn of this century in the eixample. The city offers the visitor a very interesting variety of museums (Miro's, Picasso's, etc.), a select gastronomy (restaurants), a wide range of shopping possibilities, an intense nightlife and many different ways of entertainment. For additional information about the city, please click here.

From the technical point of view, ISCA is the premier venue for exchanging ideas and presenting research results on computer architecture. This 25th edition included:

  • 33 presentations selected by the programme committee chaired by Prof. Sohi.
  • A keynote lecture by Prof. Hennessy.
  • A special 25th Anniversary session chaired by Prof. Goodman, with Jean-Loup Baer, Jack Lipovsky, Nick Tredennick and Maurice Wilkes as panelists.
  • The Eckert-Mauchly and Maurice Wilkes awards to Tadashi Watanabe and Wen-Mei Hwu, respectively.
  • The IEEE Service award to Bill Dally.
  • 4 tutorials and 4 workshops.

  • The social programme for the conference included a city tour with conference reception at the historic shipyard of "Drassanes" with a performance of human towers by "Castellers de Sants", and the conference banquet at the Royal Palace of Pedralbes. In both events people enjoyed the mediterranean way of cooking together with our history, music and traditions.

    The sponsors of the conference were: UPC, CIRIT and CICYT (equivalent to the NSF for Catalonia and Spain), CEPBA (the European Center for Parallel Computers of Barcelona), the ESPRIT program (from the European Union), Compaq, Convex Supercomputers S.A.E., DSP Sistemes de Informacio, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Morgan-Kauffman, SGI-Cray and SUN. I would like to thank all of them for their financial support.

    I would like to thank many people who contributed to make ISCA98 possible. I will start with Guri Sohi and the Program Committee members for selecting these good papers and program. Also the Tutorials and Workshop chair Tom Conte and Josep Torrellas, the Publicity and Publication chair, José Fortes and the Student Travel Grant chair Alan Berenbaum. I would also like to thank the local people: Miquel, the financial chair, to the local chairmen Antonio, Edu and Larri and to all the 40 volunteers from the Computer Architecture Department of the UPC who help us during the conference.

    Last but not least, thanks to all the 354 ISCA'98 delegates for making such a nice environment and technically fruitful forum of discussion.

    Mateo Valero
    General Chair ISCA'98


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