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Institute for Computing Systems Architecture

Organisational unit: Research Institute

Contact information

Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
United Kingdom
  • Phone: 0131 651 3291
  • Fax: 0131 651 5651

Organisation profile

Website: http://wcms.inf.ed.ac.uk/icsa/

The Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA) was founded in 1998 and is one of seven research institutes in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

All computing paradigms, however abstract, rely ultimately upon a real computational system. These have grown dramatically in performance and capacity as the underlying technologies have advanced during the past two decades. These technological advancements have been, and remain, a fundamental enabling force across the entire breadth of Informatics.


We have witnessed increasing sophistication and capacity in software systems and the development of languages that would otherwise be considered impractical. Advancements in technology have fuelled revolutionary concepts from personal computing to massively parallel processors, as well as less visible advancements in micro-architecture and compiler optimisation. At the same time, the complexity of computing systems has grown dramatically, placing severe demands on those attempting to engineer reliable software and hardware systems, emphasising the need for new methods of analysing those systems.

Research outputs

  1. Microscope: Mobile Service Traffic Decomposition for Network Slicing as a Service

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. On the Struggle Bus: A Detailed Security Analysis of the m-tickets App

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Full-system Cross-architecture Hardware Virtualisation

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Fast, Unmodified, Full-system Mobile CPU/GPU Simulation

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Latest prizes

  1. Best Paper Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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