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Tushar Mohan

Oct 25, 2001, 9:47:55 PM10/25/01


An important emerging industry trend is that IT resources will increasingly
be provided over the internet, possibly replacing in-house IT shops in
the end. Along the same trend on the side of academic research, ACM
SIGMICRO is providing to microarchitecture researchers free access to
machines with some uniquely interesting architectures. You can do any research
you want with these machines, or you can choose to just get hands-on
experience to learn about the architectures and to plan your research.
Thanks to generous donations from IBM and HP the following are now
available over the internet to SIGMICRO researchers worldwide:

- an IBM S/390 (zSeries) mainframe (running z/VM, which lets you have
your own virtual multiprocessor machine(s) with Linux or another
guest OS), and
- a high-end HP Itanium system (4-way multiprocessor, 8GB memory,
running Linux)

To get access, please submit your 1-2 page research proposals for using these
machines to by 11/23/2001. The proposals should
concisely state what you will use the machines for, how this will benefit your
current or future research, and the significance of that research to
the SIGMICRO community. Include length of time you will need the access
(up to 1 year), how much permanent disk space you require, and how much
temporary disk space you require. Postscript, pdf, or plain text are all
appropriate formats.
Because of the limited number of available accounts, the requests will
be subject to review. New proposals will be solicited periodically as
resources become free.

The long-term goal of SIGMICRO is to freely provide hardware and
software research resources to deserving microarchitecture researchers
worldwide,with the help of the industry.

Possible research to do on the S/390 and IA-64 could include scalability of
performance, microarchitecture and compiler studies, and studies of
commercial workload characteristics.
The IBM ESA/390 (zSeries) is a unique architecture with a venerable
history. Web resources on IBM S/390 include:

The IA-64 is a novel architecture focusing on instruction level parallelism
via compilation techniques. Web resources:

Thank you very much for your time in reading this message. Please feel free
to contact us at if you have any questions or
comments about this program.

Dr. Kemal Ebcioglu. SIGMICRO Chair, IBM Research
Prof. Sally A. McKee, SIGMICRO Director of Sponsored Research, U. Utah



The ACM Special Interest Group on Microarchitectural Research, SIGMICRO,
specializes in computer microarchitecture, and especially in features
permitting instruction-level parallelism and their related implications on
compiler design. For the past 33 years, the annual MICRO conference
( (co-sponsored by SIGMICRO)
has been a key forum for presenting major breakthroughs in computing
architecture, and has established itself as the premier conference on
instruction level parallelism. The SIGMICRO newsletter is published
once a year as the conference proceedings and is included as a benefit
of membership in the SIG.

SIGMICRO's long term goals toward furthering the state of the art in
the field include:

- Continuing quality improvements to the MICRO conference series
- Becoming a Web resource, for teaching and research fields related to
- Establishing new student awards, to foster interest in leading edge
microarchitecture research
- Providing computing research resources to microarchitecture
researchers worldwide, with the help of the industry.

ACM SIGMICRO is the right professional organization to belong to if you
are a microarchitect, microprogrammer, advanced compiler designer, or a
researcher/developer of superscalar, pipelined, or fine-grain parallel
computer architectures, or if you are interested in learning more
about such microarchitecture topics.


Chair: Kemal Ebcioglu, IBM
Vice-Chair: Steve Beaty, Metro State College of Denver
Secretary/Treasurer: Linda Kovacs, IBM
Director of Sponsored Research: Sally A. McKee, U. Utah
Director of Awards: David Kaeli, Northeastern U.
Director of Public Relations: Lizy K. John, U. Texas, Austin
Director of Web Resources: Jose Fortes, U. of Florida, Gainesville
SIGMICRO Web Site Steering Committee:
Steve Beaty, Metro State College of Denver
Kemal Ebcioglu, IBM
Renato Figueiredo, Northwestern U.
Jose Fortes, U. of Florida, Gainesville
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina State U.
Augustus Uht, U. of Rhode Island

Nick Maclaren

Oct 26, 2001, 2:34:18 PM10/26/01

In article <>,

Tushar Mohan <> wrote:
>An important emerging industry trend is that IT resources will increasingly
>be provided over the internet, possibly replacing in-house IT shops in
>the end. ...

I am certainly getting old, and am definitely cynical, but please
let me point out that I have heard this claim at least twice before.
It was made back in the 1970s, in the context of managed services,
and again in the 1980s (as networks became increasingly usable).

Who knows, THIS time it might even happen!

Until then, let us bear in mind that the word "will" should really
have been "may".

Nick Maclaren,
University of Cambridge Computing Service,
New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QG, England.
Tel.: +44 1223 334761 Fax: +44 1223 334679

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