Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS) is the premier event dedicated to interdisciplinary research on on-chip and chip-scale communication technology, architecture, design methods, applications and systems. NOCS brings together scientists and engineers working on NoC innovations and applications from inter-related research communities, including computer architecture, networking, circuits and systems, embedded systems, and design automation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

NoC Architecture and Implementation
  • Network architecture (topology, routing, arbitration)
  • NoC Quality of Service
  • Timing, synchronous/asynchronous communication
  • NoC reliability issues
  • Network interface issues
  • NoC design methodologies and tools
  • Signaling & circuit design for NoC links
  • Physical design of interconnect & NoC
NoC Application
  • Mapping of applications onto NoCs
  • NoC case studies, application-specific NoC design
  • NoCs for FPGAs, structured ASICs, CMPs and MPSoCs
  • NoC designs for heterogeneous systems, fused CPU-GPU
  • architectures, etc
  • Network design for 2.5D & 3D stacked logic and memory
NoC Analysis and Verification
  • Power, energy & thermal issues (at the NoC, un-core and/or system-level)
  • Benchmarking & experience with real NoC-based hardware
  • Modeling, simulation, and synthesis of NoCs
  • Verification, debug & test of NoCs
  • Metrics and benchmarks for NoCs
NoC at the un-core and system-level
  • Design of memory subsystem (un-core) including memory controllers, caches, cache coherence protocols & NoCs
  • NoC support for memory and cache access
  • OS support for NoCs
  • Programming models including shared memory, message passing and novel programming models
  • Multi/many-core workload characterization & evaluation
  • Optical, RF, & emerging technologies for on-chip/inpackage interconnects
  • Issues related to large-scale systems (datacenters, supercomputers) with NoC-based systems as building blocks

Submission Rules

Electronic paper submission requires a full paper, up to 8 double-column IEEE format pages, including figures and references. The program committee in a double-blind review process will evaluate papers based on scientific merit, innovation, relevance, and presentation. Submitted papers must describe original work that has not been published before or is under review by another conference at the same time. Each submission will be checked for any significant similarity to previously published works or for simultaneous submission to other archival venues, and such papers will be rejected. Furthermore, NOCS will notify the technical chair of the venue where the duplicate was submitted. Please see the paper submission instructions for details.

Proposals for tutorials, special sessions, panels are also invited. Please see the detailed submission instructions for paper, tutorial, special sessions, and panel proposals at the submission page. A special section related to the theme of the conference will be organized in one of the IEEE journals.

Important Dates
Abstract registration deadline Nov 19, 2012
Dec 4, 2012 at 11.59 pm PST
Full paper submission deadline Nov 26, 2012
Dec 7, 2012 at 11.59 pm PST
Proposals for tutorials, special sessions and panels Jan 11, 2013
Notification of acceptance Feb 1, 2013
Final version due Mar 1, 2013
Contact Information
  • John Bainbridge,
  • Natalie Enright Jerger,

Call for Tutorial/Demo/Special Sessions

Researchers from both academia and industry are invited to submit proposals for Tutorials, Demo and Special Sessions for the NOCS 2013 conference, to be held April 21-24 in Tempe, Arizona, USA. See below for each specific call. Proposals must be sent via e-mail (in either pdf or plain ascii text form) to Prof Zhonghai Lu, Tutorial/Demo/Special Session Chair ( While submitting a proposal, please indicate whether the proposal is for a tutorial, demo or special session.

Important Dates

  • Tutorial/Demonstration/Special Session proposals due: Feb 25th, 2013
  • Acceptance notification: Mar 8th, 2013
  • Presentation Material Deadline: Apr 12th, 2013

In general, tutorial, demo and special session proposals will be evaluated in terms of their quality and technical/scientific contribution. Sessions strengthening and/or extending the conference program will be prioritized. The Demo/Tutorial/Special Session Chair reserves the right to refuse proposals in case of logistic constraints.


The purpose of tutorials is to educate attendees about specific topics or to provide the background necessary to understand technical advances in relevant areas. The tutorial should be attractive to a wide audience with interests in NoC research. Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to, a wide variety of NoC related areas from multicore architecture and programming, to circuit-level design and emerging architectures based on 3D integration, optical interconnects and on-chip RF/wireless communications, from industrial case studies, design methodology to performance analysis. There will be two tutorial sessions, each of half day duration.

The tutorial proposal (length limit: 2 pages in 10-point font) should include:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • Contact information for the presenter(s) (name, email address, affiliation)
  • Keywords
  • Short description of the target audience
  • A detailed outline of the tutorial
  • A short biography of the presenter(s)
  • If the tutorial has been offered previously at a conference, the proposers need to provide the conference information (location, date) and number of attendees.

The evaluation of the proposal will include its general interest for NOCS attendees, the quality of the proposal, and the expertise of the presenters. Further, the selected tutorials are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Speakers are required to provide tutorial material to the Chair one month prior to the conference.
  • The NOCS conference will reproduce the tutorial material for the attendees.
  • The NOCS conference committee reserves the right to cancel any tutorial if too few attendees are registered for a given tutorial.


The purpose of the demo session is to exhibit the latest results related to NoC research and developments. A complete conference session will be devoted to the demonstrations. The conference chairs encourage CAD tool, circuit and integrated system demonstrations, and FPGA prototyping of their latest developments in the domains of NoC architectures and design methodology. The evaluation of the demo proposal will consider its general interest for NOCS attendees, the quality and significance of the demonstration. A demonstration table, a poster board, and electrical plug will be available for each selected demo. A Best Demonstration Award will be conferred at the end of the session.

The demo proposal should include:

  • Title, abstract (50 words) and description of the demonstration (limit: 1 page in 10 point format)
  • Contact information for the presenter(s) (name, email address, affiliation)
  • Any special demo requirements (Electrical appliance, scope, )

Special Sessions

Special session is devoted to either a traditional core NoC topic, or a topic of future interest to the audience. The topic should be presented from a viewpoint that does not overlap with content from traditional research manuscripts.

  • A complete submission should list at least three inspiring speakers who can address the various issues within the topic.
  • Special session proposals require an overall title, abstract for the special session plus a title, short abstract, and name of the speaker (with full contact information and short biography) for each of the proposed talks. Note that the organizer/submitter of the special session may also be a speaker for the session.