ICRC 2021

6th IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing
30 November – 2 December 2021
Virtual Conference


The 2021 6th IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) was held 30 November – 2 December as a virtual conference due to the COVID pandemic. The conference was sponsored by the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative and IEEE Computer Society. The general chairs were Tom Conte of Georgia Tech and John McAllister of Queen’s University Belfast, and the program co-chairs were Mike Frank and Sapan Agarwal of Sandia National Laboratories. The program committee was responsible for the selection and review of the conference papers, which are available on IEEE Xplore.

Now in its sixth year, the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) is the premier venue for novel computing approaches, including algorithms and languages, system software, system and network architectures, new devices and circuits, and applications of new materials and physics. This is an interdisciplinary conference that has participation from a broad technical community, with emphasis on all aspects of the computing stack.

ICRC 2021 featured 3 keynote addresses and 1 invited talk, as well as a series of regular papers and posters. Brief bios and abstracts of the keynote and invited speakers and the complete program are available. This program also included a satellite virtual workshop, the Winter 2021 Meeting of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS™), held 30 November. The IRDS™ outbrief was open to ICRC registrants.

The first keynote was presented by Prof. Fred Chong the Seymour Goodman Professor of the University of Chicago. He spoke about resource-efficient quantum computing by breaking abstractions highlighting how current machines are still a long way from our expectations and needs. Specifically, he discussed current research that is helping to close this gap and discussed future directions that hold specific merit.

The next keynote was delivered by Dr. Catherine Schuman, who is a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Schuman spoke about application of neurotrophic computing at the edge, and specifically methods and challenges in architecture optimization.

The final keynote was by Prof. John Paul Strachen, who is the director of Peter Grünberg Institute on Neuromorphic Compute Nodes (PGI-14) at Forschungszentrum Jülich and is a Professor at RWTH Aachen. He provided an overview recent work exploring brain-inspired non-von Neumann computing systems for machine learning and optimization problems and how analog and in-memory computing can lead to power efficient solutions.

There were one invited talk given by Rene Celis-Cordova of the University of Notre Dame. He spoke about Adiabatic CMOS Design for Adiabatic Reversible Computing.

Videos of the some of the talks may be available later via IEEE.tv, and the papers from the meeting will be available via IEEE Xplore.