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  1. What Is ACM? David Patterson President of ACM patterson@cs.berkeley.edu Presented at International Symposium on Computer Architecture June 2005

  2. What is ACM? • Association for Computing Machinery • Motto: “ACM and its members advance computing as a science and as a profession.” • ACM Founded 1947 • ENIAC 1946: 1st electronic general-purpose computer • ENIAC 1947 Computer patent : Eckert & Mauchly • John Mauchly 1st ACM Vice President, 2nd President • ACM now 80,000 members on 6 continents • How many were student members of ACM? • Have been (or are) regular ACM members? • How many are still ACM members? • How many IEEE/Computer Society members?

  3. ACM services to field (1 / 2) • 35 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) • Group of like minded researchers • SIGARCH, SIGGRAPH, SIGPLAN,… + small ones from SIGACCESS (Accessible Computing for those with disabilities) to SIGWEB (Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web) • Support 140 research conferences/ workshops, almost 40 peridodicals • Digital Library • all ACM journal and conference papers online from last 50 years

  4. ACM services to field (2 / 2) • Outreach • Computer Science Teachers Association (K to 12) • ACM-Women • Coalition to Diversify Computing (with IEEE, CRA) • International Collegiate Programming Contest • 500+ student chapters • 100+ local (regional) chapters: Bay Area ACM, BayCHI, SFO SIGGRAPH, Silicon Valley SIGGRAPH,… • Policy (US-ACM) • E.g., Gov’t funding of IT Research, voting machines • 12 Annual Awards • Turing Award (“Nobel Prize”), Eckert-Mauchly (IEEE) • Curriculum Standards & Accreditation

  5. ACM Services to Individuals (1 / 4) • $99 / year gets PDC, magazines, email redirect • Professional Development Centre (PDC) • Lifelong learning is (now) up to individuals • PDC has 450 free IT Courses and 395 free Online IT Books (and growing) with search, bookmarking • PDC not included in corporate subscription • Top 10: UML, C#, Project management, DB design, …

  6. ACM Services to Individuals (2 / 4) • Magazines • Queue: every issue Slashdotted • Email forwarding via acm.org • Doesn’t replace your favorite email service • Email that can follow you wherever you go • ACM address is protected with flexible, Postini spam/virus filtering

  7. ACM Services to Individuals (3 / 4) • Extra $99/yr => Online access to ACM pubs from anywhere (vs. only inside organization) • Why waste 1 hour in library if reinvent in 6 weeks? • Top Rank Year • 1991 • 1988 • 2003 • 1990 • 2001 • 1980 • 2002 • 2002 • 1976 • 1989 • Most 10+ yrs

  8. ACM Services to Individuals (4 / 4) • Membership free at some companies • Google, Microsoft, … pays ACM membership fees • AND saves money • Member discount for ACM conference > $99, ($100 for ISCA)so ACM memberships saves money if you go to at least 1 ACM conference per year or take at least 1 PDC course per year

  9. Please see me/send email patterson@cs.berkeley.edu Or SIGARCH leadership Norman P. JouppiSIG Chair norm.jouppi@hp.com Margaret MartonosiSIG Vice Chair martonosi@princeton.edu Matthew FarrensSIG Secretary/Treasurer farrens@cs.ucdavis.edu SIGARCH Board of Directors: Joel Emer joel.emer@intel.com Mark D. Hill markhill@cs.wisc.edu William J. Dally billd@csl.stanford.edu Alan Berenbaum aberenbaum@acm.org Questions, Feedback, Suggestions on ACM?