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Winner of the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2012

Shicong Meng from the Georgia Institute of Technology wins the 2012 SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Research Group of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) selected the research prize to be awarded to a Ph.D. student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution in the scope of the SPEC Research Group for the second time. Nine nominations were submitted and reviewed by the selection committee. The chair of the nomination committee, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring from the University of Kiel in Germany, mentions that the committee had – again – a demanding task to select the winner among the nine high-quality nominations and that it is great to see so much exceptional work in the scope of the SPEC Research Group. The criteria for the selection are the overall contribution in terms of scientific originality, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation.

After an in-depth, multi-phase selection process the committee selected the following nomination:

  • Shicong Meng who was nominated by Professor Ling Liu from the Georgia Institute of Technology with the topic “Monitoring-as-a-Service in the Cloud”

The winner will receive $1000, which will be awarded at the ICPE 2013 International Conference in Prague, Czech Republic (http://icpe2013.ipd.kit.edu/).

Of the nine nominations, the selection committee decided for an honorable mention of the following three nominations, in alphabetical order:

  • Karthik Ganesan who was nominated by Professor Prof. Lizy Kurian John from UT Austin with the topic “Automatic Generation of Synthetic Workloads for Multicore Systems”. The committee particularly appreciates the contributions of this thesis to the scope of the SPEC Research Group.
  • Tilmann Rabl who was nominated by Karl Huppler from the Transaction Processing performance Council with the topic “Efficiency in Cluster Database Systems”. The committee particularly appreciates the potential practical relevance of this thesis.
  • Daniel Sanchez who was nominated by Christos Kozyrakis from Stanford University with the topic “Hardware and Software Techniques for Scalable Thousand Core Systems”. The committee particularly appreciates the scientific originality of this thesis.

 

Selection committee for 2012:

  • Chair: Wilhelm Hasselbring, University of Kiel, Germany
  • David A. Bader, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Walter Bays, Oracle Corporation, USA
  • Walter Binder, University of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Rema Hariharan, AMD, USA
  • Samuel Kounev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Diwakar Krishnamurthy, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Klaus Lange, HP, USA
  • John Murphy, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group in terms of scientific originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation. The scope of SPEC’s Research Group includes computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general, considering both classical performance metrics such as response time, throughput, scalability and efficiency, as well as other non-functional system properties included under the term dependability, e.g., availability, reliability, and security.

Contributions of interest span the design of metrics for system evaluation as well as the development of methodologies, techniques and tools for measurement, load testing, profiling, workload characterization, dependability and efficiency evaluation of computing systems.