Submitter: Michael Scott ( Faculty/Staff )
United Kingdom (05/01/2012) : I recently chaired the program for ASPLOS, the premier “systems” conference on the interaction of computer hardware and software. The conference was held in March, 2012, in the historic quarters of the Royal Society in London, just a few blocks from Parliament and a host of other historic sites. Logistics were masterfully planned by Tim Harris of Microsoft Research. While ASPLOS has met some 17 times since its founding in 1985, this was the first time ever outside of North America—a telling (if belated) recognition of the growing internationalization of the field. Some 300 researchers participated, from about 20 different countries. 45% were students.