ACM Student Research Competition

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission (extension): Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 23:59 CST
  • Acceptance notification: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 23:59 CST
  • Student Travel Grant deadline: Saturday, July 12, 2014


The 23rd 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 (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will receive all of the following prizes:

  1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
  2. An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library.
  3. The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the ACM SRC web site.
  4. 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. The top three graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional $500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist medals (gold, silver, bronze). 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 2014 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:

  1. 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 submission deadline is Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 23:59 CST.
  2. The abstract can have some overlap with previous publications (including PACT 2014), but some significant part of it must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the criteria for selection.
  3. The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the participant.
  4. 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 June 10, 2014.
    • Please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.
    • You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19 per year or less.

For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM format will be included in the PACT 2014 conference proceedings. The content, however, can be included in a future submission to other conferences or journals.

Accepted Posters

An Event-Based Language for Dynamic Binary Translation Frameworks

  • Serguei Makarov, Angela Demke Brown and Ashvin Goel

Improving Performance of Streaming Applications with Filtering and Control Messages

  • Peng Li

Stratified Sampling for Even Workload Partitioning

  • Jeeva Paudel

Design of a hybrid MPI-CUDA benchmark suite for CPU-GPU clusters

  • Tejaswi Agarwal and Michela Becchi

Data Remapping for an Energy Efficient Burst Chop in DRAM Memory Systems

  • Sudharsan J, Venkata Kalyan T and Madhu Mutyam

Data-reuse Optimizations for Pipelined Tiling with Parametric Tile Sizes

  • Alexandre Isoard

From Petascale to the Pocket: Adaptively Scaling Parallel Programs for Mobile SoCs

  • Adam Fidel, Nancy Amato and Lawrence Rauchwerger

Coarrays in GNU Fortran

  • Alessandro Fanfarillo, Tobias Burnus, Valeria Cardellini, Salvatore Filippone, Dan Nagle and Damian Rouson

Locality-Aware Memory Association for Multi-Target Worksharing in OpenMP

  • Tom Scogland and Wu-Chun Feng

Processing Big Data Graphs on Memory-Restricted Systems

  • Harshvardhan, Nancy Amato and Lawrence Rauchwerger


The ACM Student Research Competition at PACT 2014 is sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft Research.

2013 ACM SRC Winners

  1. Exposing ILP in Custom Hardware with a Dataflow Compiler IR: Ali Mustafa Zaidi
  2. Can Lock-free and Combining Techniques Co-exist? A Novel Approach on Concurrent Queue: Changwoo Min
  3. Task Sampling Computer Architecture Simulation in the Many-Core Era: Thomas Grass