Provocative Ideas

This session continues the long tradition of ASPLOS sessions (formerly called Wild and Crazy Ideas) that feature provocative ideas and fresh perspectives. If you want to share a bold, forward-looking agenda, or discuss a thought-provoking idea, or moot an unconventional approach to a conventional problem, this is the session for you.

As in the past couple of years, we are moving away from the “stand up routines” that often featured at previous WACI sessions. While out-there, humorous or even crazy ideas are still welcome, comedic chops are not required. Any provocative idea is fair game!

If you are not sure whether a topic is suitable for the session, please email us at


3:30-4:30: Provocative ideas

  • Redefining the term ‘re-configurable chips’: Unsolving the Rubik’s Cube. Nachiappan Chidambaram (Penn State), Mahmut Kandemir (Penn State) and Chita Das (Penn State) (Abstract)
  • It’s time for new programming models for unreliable hardware. Hajime Fujita (University of Chicago), Robert Schreiber (HP Labs) and Andrew Chien (University of Chicago)  (Abstract)
  • rSmart: The reconfigurable (real) smartphone. Niranjan Soundararajan (Intel) (Abstract)

4:30-5:00: Invited talk

  • Probabilistic computing: stochastic software and hardware that makes probabilistic modeling and machine learning simpler, more flexible and faster. Vikash Mansinghka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Abstract and Bio)

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: January 31st, 11:59pm EST.
  • Notification: February 15th

Submission information

  • Submissions should be 2 pages, single-spaced, 10pt font, in either one- or two-column formats. PDF submissions only, please.
  • Send submissions to Include a complete list of authors, their affiliations and email address, and identify the corresponding author for your submission.

Program Committee