Call for Papers - IEEE Micro Special Issue on Big Data

Guest Editors:          Babak Falsafi (EPFL)
                                Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh)

Submissions due:   Jan 15, 2014
Publication date:     July­ / Aug 2014

Big data is transforming our lives, but it is also placing an unprecedented burden on our compute infrastructure. As data expansion rates outpace Moore’s law and supply voltage scaling grinds to a halt, the IT industry is being challenged in its ability to effectively store, process, and serve the growing volumes of data. Delivering on the premise of big data in the post­-Dennard era calls for specialization and tight integration across the system stack, with the aim of maximizing energy efficiency, performance scalability, resilience, and security.  This IEEE Micro special issue seeks original papers on a range of topics related to big data computing.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Processor, memory systems, storage, and network architectures for big data
  • Integrated systems for big data: blades, racks, and datacenters
  • Custom accelerators for the big data domain
  • Big data systems and workloads in the wild: case studies and bottleneck analysis
  • Software support for big data processing: programming languages, operating systems, runtime environments
  • Energy efficiency in big data systems through vertical integration, specialization, and approximation
  • Emerging compute, storage, and communication technologies for big data applications
  • Architectural support for security in the context of big data


Submission procedure:

Log onto IEEE CS Manuscript Central ( and submit your manuscript.  Please direct questions to the IEEE Micro magazine assistant (  For the manuscript submission, acceptable file formats include Microsoft Word and PDF. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words including references, with each average­size figure counting as 150 words toward this limit. Please include all figures and tables, as well as a cover page with author contact information (name, postal address, phone, fax, and e­mail address) and a 200­-word abstract. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and all manuscripts must be cleared for publication. All previously published papers must have at least 30% new content compared to any conference (or other) publication.  Accepted articles will be edited for structure, style, clarity, and readability. For more information, please visit the IEEE Micro Author Center (


Important dates:

Initial submissions due:     January  15, 2014

Author notification:           March 5, 2014

Final version due:             May 5, 2014

Publication timeframe:      July­ / August, 2014



Contact the guest editors:
Boris Grot         (
Babak Falsafi    (