Call For Papers

The aerospace market has undergone rapid changes within the last 15 years. Due to technological progress in consumer electronics satellite design has evolved from the purely use of customized hardware solutions towards the utilization 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 miniaturized 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 and other small satellite swarms. 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 requirements. However, miniaturized 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 take into account 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. The workshop will discuss existing and novel approaches for computer architectures in space, targeting an audience from computer architects to space engineers working on miniaturized as well as traditional larger scale satellites. 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 in the main conference. The ARCS conference 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 “Architecture of spaceflight on-board computers“ include but are not limited to:
  • Dependable spacecraft and payload computer architectures
  • Mitigation of radiation induced errors
  • Space Mission results and lessons learned
  • Modified COTS solutions
  • Fault detection and fault mitigation
  • Fault tolerance techniques and strategies in space environments
  • Computer architectures in spaceflight
  • Computing on Nano- and Femtosatellites
  • Constellations and Swarms
  • Real Time and fault tolerance on COTS solutions
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing in space
  • Cloud Computing and Big Data in space applications
  • Validation, Certification, Testing and test results


Accepted papers will be published by VDE Verlag and IEEExplore Digital Libray. 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.


Submission: Deadline: March 5, 2020 full papers 6-8 Pages, IEEE Format, PDF) Submission via EasyChair

Notification: March 20th, 2020
Camera-ready:April 1st, 2020 (max. 8 pages, LaTeX Source or Word);
Papers will appear in ARCS 2020 Workshop Proceedings.

Workshop: 25-26 May 2020.

Author Instructions

  • Papers should be in English and formatted according to IEEE eXpress "conference mode".
  • For formatting please refer to IEEE.
  • Papers should not exceed 8 pages (full paper).


Please refer to the ARCS 2020 web site for registration and venue information.

Key Dates

Paper Submission Deadline

March 16, 2020, 11:59.59 PM (AoE)

Author Notification

March 31, 2020

Camera-Ready Papers Due

April 13, 2020


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