Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2022

The SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award aims to recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations in the field of computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general. Nominated dissertations will be evaluated in terms of scientific originality, scientific significance, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation.

The SPEC Research Group promotes research in quantitative system evaluation and analysis both with classical performance metrics – such as response time, throughput, scalability and efficiency, as well as other extra-functional system properties included under the term dependability – such as 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.

The winner will receive $1000, which will be awarded at the ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2023).

Nomination Guidelines

A nomination consists of one PDF file less than 20MB  that must include the following information in this order:

  • nomination letter with the name of the student, the title of the dissertation, the institution where the dissertation was defended, and the date of the defense. The nomination letter should outline the outstanding contributions of the dissertation and should not exceed 2 pages (letter size) using 11 point font.
  • C.V. of the nominee (up to three pages) that clearly marks all publications/technical reports that are included in the dissertation.
  • The dissertation itself, including a one-page extended abstract of the dissertation. The dissertation may be accompanied by publications describing the same research as the dissertation. However, the dissertation itself also needs to be submitted.

SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2021 and September 2022. If there are several outstanding submissions, the committee may choose to split the award.

Nominations should be uploaded to EasyChair at URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=specaward2022. The submission system will open end of June, with a hard nomination deadline of October 21st, AOE.

Nominations can be provided by anyone except the thesis author. Typically, it is the thesis advisor or a member of the thesis defense committee, but other people – especially experts in performance evaluation – can do so as well.

List of Topics

The SPEC Research Group promotes research in quantitative system evaluation and analysis both with classical performance metrics – such as response time, throughput, scalability and efficiency, as well as other extra-functional system properties included under the term dependability – such as 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.

Selection committee

  • Philipp Leitner (Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, SE), selection committee chair
  • Cristina Abad (University in Guayaquil, Ecuador)
  • Sven Apel (Saarland University, Germany)
  • Varsha Apte (IIT Bombay, India)
  • Robert Birke (ABB, Switzerland)
  • Klaus-Dieter Lange (HP Enterprise, US)
  • Manoj Nambiar (Tata Consultancy Services, India)
  • Alexander Podelko (Amazon Web Services, US)

Contact

All questions about submissions should be emailed to nominations at spec dot org.