ACM Student Research Competition


Abstract                                  August 10  (extended to August 12)

Acceptance                            August 24

Poster Submission Closed

The 24th 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 to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will receive all of the following prizes:

  • Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  • An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library.
  • The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the ACM SRC web site.
  • In addition, the first place winner in each category (undergraduate, graduate) will receive an invitation to participate in the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the first place winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. 
  • 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 2015 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:

  • 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 abstract can have some overlap with previous publications (including PACT 2015), but some significant part of it must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.
  • The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
  • 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 the date of submission. Please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. You may join ACM prior to entering the competition.

For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM format will be included in the PACT 2015 conference proceedings. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.


Joseph Devietti, University of Pennsylvania
R. Govindarajan, Indian Institute of Science
Paul V. Gratz, Texas A&M University
Gabriel Marin, The University of Tennessee
Georgios Michelogiannakis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Xipeng Shen, North Carolina State University
Arrvindh Shriraman, Simon Fraser University
Clark Verbrugge, McGill University


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


1- Miguel Angel Aguilar. Aachen University. Unified Identification of Multiple Forms of Parallelism in Embedded Applications, 

2- Patricia Arroba. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.  DVFS-Aware Consolidation for Energy-Efficient Clouds

3- Prasanth Chatarasi. Rice University. Extending Polyhedral Model for Analysis and Transformations of OpenMP programs

4- Ahmad Hassan. Queen's University of Belfast. Energy-Efficient Hybrid DRAM/NVM Main Memory

5- Tian Jin. Haverford College. Using Hybrid Schedules to Safely Outperform Classical Polyhedral Schedules

6- Raj Parihar. Rochester University. Load Balancing in Decoupled Look-ahead: A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Approach

7- Daichi Murakami. The University of Tokyo. An Optimization of Resource Arrangement for Network-on-Chip using Genetic Algorithm

8. Narges Shahidi. Pennsylvania State University. Storage Consolidation on SSDs: Not always a panacea, but can we ease the pain?

9- Shixiong Xu. Trinity College Dublin. An Efficient Vectorization Approach to Nested Thread-level Parallelism for CUDA GPUs.

10- Jie Zhang. Yonsei University. Integrating 3D Resistive Memory Cache into GPGPU for Energy-Efficient Data Processing


1- Gold Medal Miguel Angel Aguilar. Aachen University.  Unified Identification of Multiple Forms of Parallelism in Embedded Applications

2- Silver Medal Ahmad HassanQueen's University of Belfast.  Energy-Efficient Hybrid DRAM/NVM Main Memory

3- Bronze Medal Jie Zhang. Yonsei University. Integrating 3D Resistive Memory Cache into GPGPU for Energy-Efficient Data Processing


The ACM Student Research Competition at PACT 2015 is sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research.

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