The  aerospace market has undergone rapid changes within the last 20 years.  Due to technological progress in consumer  electronics satellite  design  has  evolved from the purely use of customised
hardware solutions towards the utilisation of commercial off-the- shelf  electronics, potentially leading to higher cost efficiency and an increased system performance. The dawn of the CubeSats and upcoming  Mega-Constellations of miniaturised satellites are currently fueling the progress, attracting venture capital in a never seen before ratio. Mega-Constellations of satellites for a diverse range of applications have become reality with the successful funding of OneWeb.

While  using COTS electronics, such missions require an increased level of dependability in all  subsystems  to  enable their use within critical missions and for such with prolonged lifetime re-
quirements. However, miniaturised satellites are plagued  by  low dependability,  and require failure tolerance and reliability-enhancing measures to be implemented. Furthermore, on board computers  of such spacecraft need to consider specific boundary conditions, which can differ significantly from those of standard computing  systems. These comprise environmental factors like launch loads or radiations robustness  but  also  limitations  regarding power consumption, mass or costs.

After  its  successful introduction as a workshop at ARCS2017 in Vienna and successful subsequent workshops before the pandemic, we decided to catch up as a special session at CF2022.
We aim at discussing existing and novel approaches for computer architectures and their applications in space, targeting an audience from computer  architects  to  space engineers  working  on miniaturised as well as traditional larger scale satellites as well as representatives from space agencies. Synergies to existing terrestrial  applications as  well  as computing architectures of constellations and swarms of satellites are a focus of the workshop, being firmly  embedded
into the main conference. The ARCS conferences series has over 30 years of tradition reporting leading edge  research  in  computer architecture and operating systems.

Topics of Interest

Contributions on the topic of Hardware and Software Architecture of spaceflight on board computers are of particular interest but not limited to:

  • Dependable spacecraft and payload computer architectures
  • Computer architectures in spaceflight, e.g. FPGAs
  • Mitigation of radiation induced errors
  • Computing on SmallSats and CubeSats
  • Space Mission results and lessons learned
  • Constellations and  Swarms
  • Modified COTS solutions
  • Real Time and fault tolerance on COTS solutions
  • Fault  detection  and  fault mitigation
  • Parallel  and  Distributed Computing in space
  • Fault tolerance techniques and  strategies  in  space
  • Cloud  Computing  and  Big  Data  in  space  application environments
  • Validation, Certification, Testing and test results
  • Feasibility of machine learning approaches on OBCs

Information for Authors

Accepted papers will be published by ACM.

The workshop will focus on  research  presentations  as  well  as brainstorming sessions.

Therefore,  two  kinds  of contributions are welcome: 

  • Research papers documenting results of scientific  investigations, and
  • Position papers proposing strategies or discussing open problems.



TBA,  full papers 6-8 pages (ACM  Format,   PDF)   
via   EasyChair:




TBA  (max.  8 pages)

Author Instructions

  • Papers should be in English and formatted according to the main conference's formatting instructions: .
  • Papers should not exceed 8 pages (full paper).


Please refer to the Computing Frontiers 2022 web site for registration and venue information.

Key Dates

Camera-Ready Papers Due

April 13, 2022


Submit your paper here

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