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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2021

SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2020 and September 2021.
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New Textbook on Systems Benchmarking

A new textbook on the topic of systems benchmarking written by SPEC RG Members was published by Springer International Publishing.
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Winner of SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2020

Maher Alharby from Newcastle University: Models and Simulation of Blockchain Systems
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New Tool Accepted

Mowgli: evaluation framework for cloud-hosted DBMS
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The Article "Serverless Applications: Why, When, and How?" from the SPEC RG Cloud Working Group was accepted at IEEE Software

In an ongoing activitiy, the SPEC RG Cloud Working Group collected and characterized 89 serverless applications. An article that based on this dataset explores why, when and how practictioners build serverless applications has been accepted at IEEE Software.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2020

The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2019 and September 2020. The submission deadline is September 30, 2020.
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Technical Report on "A Review of Serverless Use Cases and their Characteristics" Published

The SPEC RG Cloud Working Group has published a Technical Report on "A Review of Serverless Use Cases and their Characteristics"
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Virtual ACM/SPEC ICPE 2020 attended by over 500 participants

Over 500 participants from industry and academia attended the 11th ACM/SPEC ICPE 2020 held virtually.
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Winner of SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2019

Guanpeng Li from University of British Columbia: Understanding and modeling error propagation in programs
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New Tool Accepted

LibReDE: a library for resource demand estimation
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New Tool Accepted

TeaStore: a micro-service reference and test application for scientific and industrial benchmarks and tests.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2019

The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2018 and September 2019. The submission deadline is September 30, 2019.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 23, 2019
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ACM/SPEC ICPE 2019 attended by over 210 participants

Over 210 participants from industry and academia attended the 10th ACM/SPEC ICPE 2019 in Mumbai, India
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Technical Report on "Reproducible Performance Evaluation in Cloud Computing" Published

The SPEC RG Cloud Working Group has published a Technical Report on "Methodological Principles for Reproducible Performance Evaluation in Cloud Computing"
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New SPEC RG Newsletter Issue Available

This regular publication will provide you with information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities.
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HotCloudPerf 2019

The Call for Papers for the 2nd Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing Performance (HotCloudPerf 2019) is online.
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SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2018 Winners

The Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Selection committee has chosen this year to select two winners based on the high quality of both submissions.
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ACM/SPEC ICPE 2018 attended by over 170 participants

Over 170 participants from industry and academia attended the 9th ACM/SPEC ICPE 2018 in Berlin, Germany
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Call for Contributions: 10th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2019)

The conference will be held in Mumbai, India on April 7-11, 2019. This year's main theme is "performance engineering in the Artificial Intelligence era."
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2018

The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2017 and September 2018. The submission deadline is September 30, 2018.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on May 2nd, 2018
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Conference Announcement: 15th International Conference on Managed Languages & Runtimes

ManLang '18 will be held in Linz, Austria on September 10-14, 2018.
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SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2017 Winner and Runner Up

The Selection committee has chosen this year to select two this year; a winner and a runner up based on the high quality of both submissions.
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HotCloudPerf 2018

The Call for Papers for the 1st Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing Performance (HotCloudPerf 2018) is online.
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QUDOS 2018

The Call for Papers for the 4th International Workshop on Quality-aware DevOps (QUDOS 2018) is online.
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SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting 2017

The seventh SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting took place on April 26, 2017 at the ICPE 2017 conference in l'Aquila, Italy.
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ICPE 2017 attended by over 140 participants

Over 140 participants from industry and academia attended the 8th ACM/SPEC ICPE 2017 in l'Aquila, Italy.
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Call-for-Participation: 14th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing

ICAC 2017 will be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA on July 17-21, 2017.
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Best Demo/Poster Award for RG Power Tool @ ICPE 2017

The demonstration of the Autopilot tool by the SPEC RG Power Working Group was recognized by the best demo/poster award at the International Conference on Performance Engineering 2017.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2017

The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 2016 and September 2017. The submission deadline is September 30, 2017.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 26th, 2017
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Call-for-Contributions: 14th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing

ICAC 2017 has issued a call for contributions. The conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA on July 17-21, 2017.
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Winner of SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2016

Scott Beamer from University of California, Berkeley: Understanding and Improving Graph Algorithm Performance
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On November 7th, the Computer Measurement Group (CMG)https://www.cmg.org/2016-a-a-michelson-award-announcement/
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QUDOS @ ICPE 2017

The Call for Papers for the 3rd International Workshop on Quality-aware DevOps (QUDOS 2017) is online.
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Survey on Performance-aware DevOps Launched By SPEC RG

This survey is part of a larger project aiming on building best-practice infrastructures for Performance-aware DevOps.
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Over 120 Attendees at ICPE 2016

Participants from industry and academia attended ICPE 2016 in Delft, the Netherlands. One best research paper and one best industry paper were awarded.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award 2016

The award is open to dissertations that have been defended between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. The submission deadline is September 30, 2016.
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New Tool Accepted: inspectIT

An open source application performance management solution
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New Tool Accepted: LIKWID

A set of command line tools and a library for the Linux operating system covering hardware performance profiling, system information/configuration and microbenchmarking.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 28th, 2016.
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New SPEC RG Newsletter Issue Available

This regular publication will provide you with information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities.
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SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting 2016

The sixth SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting took place on March 16, 2016 at the ICPE 2016 conference in Delft, the Netherlands.
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QUDOS @ ISSTA 2016

The Call for Papers for the 2nd International Workshop on Quality-aware DevOps (QUDOS 2016) is online.
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Technical Report on Cloud Metrics Published

The SPEC RG Cloud Working Group has published a Technical Report on cloud metrics.
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New Tool Accepted: DynamicSpotter

DynamicSpotter is a framework for measurement-based, automatic detection of software performance problems in Java-based enterprise software systems.
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Winner of the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2015

Yufei Ren from Stony Brook University, New York - wins the 2015 SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award.
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Call-for-Contributions: 13th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing

ICAC 2016 has issued a call for contributions. The conference will be held in Wuerzburg, Germany on July 19-22, 2016.
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Technical Report on Performance-oriented DevOps Published

The SPEC RG DevOps Performance Working Group has published a Technical Report on a research agenda for performance-oriented DevOps.
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Article accepted for publication in the prestigious journal "ACM Computing Surveys"

A paper by the SPEC RG IDS Benchmarking Working Group has been accepted for publication in ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR). The paper surveys the state-of-the-art in the area of evaluation of intrusion detection systems.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2015

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to dissertations defended between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015. The submission deadline is September 30, 2015.
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New Tool Accepted: LIMBO

LIMBO is an Eclipse-based tool for handling and instantiating load intensity models.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 10, 2015.
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QUDOS @ ESEC/FSE 2015

The Call for Papers for the 1st International Workshop on Quality-aware DevOps (QUDOS 2015) is online.
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New SPEC RG Newsletter Issue Available

This regular publication will provide you with information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities.
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Winner of the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2014

Nadav Amit from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology wins the 2014 SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award.
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Big Data Working Group Launched

The newly formed working group is a continuation of the Big Data Benchmarking Community under the SPEC Research umbrella
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ICAC 2015

The Call for Papers for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC 2015), technically co-sponsored by SPEC RG, is online.
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DevOps Performance Working Group Launched

The newly formed working group is concerned with combining application performance management (APM) and software performance engineering (SPE) activities for business-critical application systems
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Call-for-Participation: QEST 2014

The 11th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST 2014) technically co-sponsored by SPEC RG is held in Florence, Italiy from Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2014.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2014

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to dissertations defended between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. The submission deadline is September 30, 2014.
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ACM/SPEC International Conference Issues Call for Contributions on Performance Engineering

The Call for Contributions for the 6th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2015) is now online.
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Over 130 Attendees at ICPE 2014

Participants from industry and academia attended ICPE 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. RG members recognized as co-authors of best paper award.
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SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting 2014

The fourth SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting took place on March 26-27, 2014 at the ICPE 2014 conference in Dublin, Ireland.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 7, 2014.
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New Tool Accepted: SPA

SPA, a framework for performance evaluation tailored for storage systems, was accepted for the repository of tools for quantitative system evaluation and analysis.
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New SPEC RG Newsletter Issue Available

This regular publication will provide you with information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities.
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QEST 2014

The Call-for-Papers for the 11th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST 2014) technically co-sponsored by SPEC RG is online.
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Winner of the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2013

Anshul Gandhi from Carnegie Mellon University now at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center wins the 2013 SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award.
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New Tool Accepted: DiSL

DiSL, a Domain-Specific Language for Bytecode Instrumentation, was accepted for the repository of tools for quantitative system evaluation and analysis.
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Technical Report on Benchmarking Intrusion Detection Systems in Virtualized Environments Published

The SPEC RG IDS Benchmarking Working Group has published a technical report on benchmarking intrusion detection systems (IDSes) in virtualized environments, i.e., VMM(Virtual Machine Monitor)-based IDSes.
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SPEC RG Welcomes its Newest Members

The Research Group welcomes the 14 new member organizations that joined SPEC RG in the past six months. SPEC RG actively solicits new participants interested in the activities of the Research Group.
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New SPEC RG Newsletter Issue Available

This regular publication will provide you with information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities.
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ACM/SPEC International Conference Issues Call for Papers on Performance Engineering

The Call-for-Papers for the 5th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2014) is now online.
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Talk on "Benchmarking Intrusion Detection Systems for Virtualized Environments at SPEC RG" at EWDC 2013

During the workshop opening session, Aleksandar Milenkoski, Secretary of the IDS Benchmarking Working Group, gave a talk on the research activities of the working group.
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Technical Report on Cloud Usage Patterns Published

The SPEC RG Cloud Working Group has published a Technical Report on cloud usage patterns, a textual and visual formalism for describing common cloud usage scenarios.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2013

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to dissertations defended between 2012-10-01 and 2013-09-30. The submission deadline is 2013-09-30.
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Several SPEC RG Officers Recognized by SPEC President

RG Officers Alexandru Iosup, Qais Noorshams, Aleksandar Milenkoski were recognized by the SPEC President and the SPEC RG Chair for their outstanding service to SPEC in 2012.
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SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting 2013

The third SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting took place on April 24-25, 2013 at the ICPE 2013 Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Over 160 Attendees at ICPE 2013

Participants from industry and academia coming from 25 different countries attended ICPE 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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ICPE 2013 Best Industry Paper Award

Klaus Lange (HP) and Meikel Poess (Oracle) recognized as co-authors of the two best industry track papers at ICPE 2013.
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New Tool Accepted

The FINCoS Framework was accepted for the repository of tools for quantitative system evaluation and analysis.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 5, 2013.
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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
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HotTopiCS 2013

The Call-for-Papers for the 2013 International Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Services (HotTopiCS) technically co-sponsored by SPEC RG is now online.
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ICAC 2013

The Call-for-Papers for the 10th International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC 2013) technically co-sponsored by SPEC RG is online.
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SPEC RG Member Receives Best Impact Award at SuperComputing'12

Alexandru Iosup (TU Delft) received the Best Impact Award of the MTAGS workshop at the prestigious ACM/IEEE conference on High Performance Computing and Networking (SC).
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IDS Benchmarking Working Group Launched

The newly formed working group is concerned with quantitiative evaluation of intrusion detection systems, with special attention given to such systems in virtualized cloud environments.
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SPEC RG Newsletter Launched

This regular publication will provide you with information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2012

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award is open to dissertations defended between 2011-10-01 and 2012-09-30. The submission deadline is 2012-09-30.
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ICPE 2013 Call-for-Papers Online

The Call-for-Papers for the 4th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2013) is now online.
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Preliminary Announcement of ICPE 2013

The next ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic in April 2013.
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Over 100 Attendees at ICPE 2012

Participants from industry and academia coming from more than a dozen countries spread across four continents attended ICPE 2012 in Boston, USA.
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SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting

The second SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting took place on April 26-27, 2012 at the ICPE 2012 Conference in Boston, USA.
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SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Awards 2011

The first two SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Awards were presented by SPEC President Walter Bays at ICPE 2012 on April 25 in Boston, USA.
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RG Elections Completed

The elections of RG Officers and Steering Committee were completed on April 5, 2012.
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Call for Participation: ICPE 2012

A Joint Meeting of WOSP/SIPEW sponsored by ACM SIGMETRICS and ACM SIGSOFT in Cooperation with SPEC.
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Call for Proposals to Host ICPE 2013 and ICPE 2014

The ICPE Steering Committee is soliciting proposals for location and organizers of the Spring 2013 and 2014 conferences.
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Repository of Peer-Reviewed Tools Launched

SPEC RG opens a repository of peer-reviewed tools for quantitative system evaluation and analysis.
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SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Awards 2011

Luk Van Ertvelde of Ghent University and Kai Sachs of TU Darmstadt first to win new SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award.
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ICPE 2012 Research Deadlines Extended

Abstract and paper submission deadlines for the research track are extended for 1 week.
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ICPE 2012 Call-for-Papers Online

The Call-for-Papers for the 3rd ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Enginerering (ICPE 2012) is now online at http://icpe2012.ipd.kit.edu/. ICPE 2012 will take place on April 22-25 in Boston, USA. The submission deadlines can be found at http://icpe2012.ipd.kit.edu/important_dates/
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New Poster and Flyer Available

New poster/flyer is now available summarizing the mission of SPEC's Research Group, its scope, goals and major ongoing activities. You can download the poster here.
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Call-for-Nominations: SPEC Benchmarking Research PhD Award 2011

SPEC has established a Research Award to be presented to a PhD student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution in the scope of SPEC's Research Group.
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SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting

The first SPEC RG Face-to-Face Meeting took place on March 15-16, 2011 at the ICPE 2011 Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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Over 120 Attendees at ICPE 2011

Over 120 participants from industry and academia coming from 20 different countries attended ICPE 2011 in Karlsruhe.
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Research Group of SPEC Publicly Announced

The Research Group of SPEC was publicly announced today. The official press release can be found at: www.spec.org/news/rgpressrelease.html
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