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Editor's Corner: Thoughts on the re-launch of the SIGMICRO Online Newsletter

by Russ Joseph last modified 2008-06-27 16:07

These are a few of my random musings on our re-launch.

When Erik Altman, President of ACM SIGMICRO first contacted me about leading the effort to re-launch the SIGMICRO Online Newsletter, I didn't know what to think.

On one hand, this seemed like a really good opportunity to engage our community in an online discussion of some of the latest industry trends and hot research topics. Using up-to-date content management services (CMS) we could create a truly interactive community forum. I envisioned this as a way to re-create some staples of our conferences, namely interesting (and often animated) panel sessions and informal hallway chats in an online form. Imagine if you could follow one of these great debates about what processors will look like in ten years from your couch. Even more interestingly, you could chime in and share your own thoughts. I thought that this ability to interact and maintain dialog online was really exciting. Could we do other things that are difficult or impossible in the conventional world?

One of our goals is to develop a microarchitecture wiki compendium of topics and techniques which could be a research/pedagogical resource. This could be a useful starting point for young researchers in a new topic area. We plan to solicit topic experts in our community and build an online knowledge store of all things microarchitecture with pointers to papers and research groups. The more I thought about this, the more excited I became.

On the other hand, I knew I was going to have many existential debates about my role as an editor. What should I set as major directions and long term goals of this newsletter? How often should I interject my own opinions? Where are we going to find content? What fonts and layout styles should we use?

In the end, I thought that the opportunity was too exciting to turn down. While I don't claim to have figured everything out, I am pretty sure that the success of this newsletter will depend on community involvement. I need your help.

Please provide feedback. Tell me what you want out of this newsletter. Contribute by writing feature articles. Participate in online discussions. In other words, get involved. This newsletter can be a great asset to our community if we support it.

Russ Joseph

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