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17th ACACES International Summer School

September 12, 2021, 14:00September 18, 2021, 17:00

The 17th International Summer School on Advanced Computer Architecture and Compilation for High-Performance and Embedded Systems takes place in Fiuggi, Italy from Sunday 12 – Saturday 18 September 2021

The ACACES Summer School is a one-week summer school for computer architects and tool builders working in the field of embedded systems, high performance computer architecture, and compilation. The school aims at the dissemination of advanced scientific knowledge and the promotion of international contacts among scientists from academia and industry. A distinguishing feature of this Summer School is its broad scope ranging from low-level technological issues to advanced compilation techniques and entrepreneurship. In the design of modern computer systems one has to be knowledgeable about architecture as well as about the quality of the code, and how to improve it. This summer school offers the ideal mix of the two worlds, both at the entry level and at the most advanced level.

The ACACES Summer School is organized by the HiPEAC Network ( in collaboration with the TETRAMAX Innovation Action (, but it is open to everybody. However, previous training and/or experience in computer science as well as a background in computer architecture or compilation is indispensable. In order to have a good mix of senior and junior participants, the school also encourages senior researchers and professors to participate.

The Summer School will take place in Fiuggi, a small town near Rome, Italy. Students and lecturers will be accommodated in private hotel rooms with standard hotel accommodation. There will be many opportunities for interaction among the participants, both in and out of the classrooms, during the meals, at the bar or at the swimming pool, in the fitness room, in the spa and in the city. Long after-the-lecture discussions are one of the major assets of this summer school. You will remember this summer school for a long time.

Obviously, we will have to comply with all the sanitary rules imposed by the Italian government in September.  The COVID-19 situation will hopefully be sufficiently contained to allow the school to operate normally.

Scientific Program

Sunday evening 12 September:
Opening ceremony with keynote talk by Irfan Mirza, Microsoft.

Starting on Monday 13 September 2021:
12 courses spread over two morning slots and two afternoon slots. Per slot there are three parallel courses of which one can be taken. The topics of this year’s Summer School will be presented by the following world-class experts.

– Riccardo Apreda, Erre Quadro, Italy “Intellectual Property Rights as a Business Tool”

– Luca Benini & Davide Rossi, University of Bologna, Italy “Working with RISC-V: from open ISA to open Architecture to open Hardware”

– Albert Cohen, Google France, France “Compile to Learn to Compile: There and Back Again”

– Kerstin Eder, University of Bristol, United Kingdom “Whole Systems Energy Transparency: More /power/ to software developers!”

– Ray Garcia, Buoyant Capital Collective, United States  “Entrepreneurship for scientists considering forming an innovative new venture”

– Paolo Ienne & Lana Josipović, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland “Reconfigurable Computing for Software Programmers”

– Frank Mueller, North Carolina State University, United States “Embedded/Real-Time Systems for Autonomous Driving with Machine Learning”

– Paul Pietrangelo, Lira, Italy “Entrepreneurial finance”

– Eduardo Quiñones, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain “Task-based Parallel Programming Models: The Convergence of High-Performance and Cyber- Physical Computing Domains”

– Tullio Vardanega, University of Padova, Italy “Real-time computing in the era of multicore processors and mixed criticality”

– Ingrid Verbauwhede, KU Leuven, Belgium “Hardware security”

– Martin Törngren, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden “Challenges and opportunities in an era of smart CPS: perspectives and reflections on a socio-technical shift”

Monday evening 13 September: Invited talk by Giuseppe Gentile, IngeniArs Wednesday afternoon: Poster session Friday evening: Farewell dinner


All participants will receive a certificate of attendance with a description of the courses taken. Some universities will accept this certificate in their PhD program.

Poster Session

The poster session on Wednesday afternoon will provide an ideal opportunity for students to present their own work in progress and get feedback from senior researchers and fellow students, and can be the beginning of future collaboration. A printed booklet (with ISBN number) with a 1 to 4-page abstract per poster will be distributed to all summer school participants.


To stimulate maximum interaction between lecturers and participants, the steering committee of the Summer School will limit the attendance to about 200 participants. We aim for a 50/50 balance between PhD students and senior attendants.

Important dates

30 June 2021: deadline for application

7 July 2021: notification of acceptance

15 August 2021: deadline for payment

22 August 2021: deadline for poster abstract


1000 Euro, all-inclusive:

– Transfer from Rome FCO airport to Fiuggi by bus on Sunday 12 September 2021.
– 6 nights in private room with bathroom.
– 6 breakfasts
– 5 three course lunches
– 5 three course dinners
– Farewell dinner on Friday evening
– 2 half-hour coffee breaks per day
– Registration for 4 top-quality courses + printed handouts
– Student kit
– Access to the poster session + book of abstracts
– Free Internet during the duration of the summer school
– Free access to the spa
– Free transfer from Fiuggi to Rome FCO airport or to downtown Rome on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Steering Committee

Koen De Bosschere, Ghent University, Belgium, Chair Ad ten Berg, ArtemisIA, The Netherlands
Andrea Kells, ARM, UK Angelos Bilas, FORTH, Greece
Charles Robinson, Thales R&T, France
Luca Fanucci, University of Pisa
Marc Duranton, CEA, France
Mike O’Boyle, University of Edinburgh, UK
Olivier Zendra, INRIA, France
Per Stenström, Chalmers, Sweden
Rainer Leupers, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Xavier Martorell, BSC, Spain

Contact information

Koen De Bosschere (


September 12, 2021, 14:00
September 18, 2021, 17:00
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