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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.

We are delighted to present to you the 2nd issue of the SPEC Research Group Newsletter. This regular publication provides information on latest developments, news and announcements relevant to the benchmarking and quantitative system evaluation communities. Our newsletter is part of our mission to foster the exchange of knowledge and experiences between industry and academia in the field of quantitative system evaluation and analysis.

The past six months have been very intense and exciting for the SPEC RG. Some of the major activities and milestones reached include: launching of a new working group on intrusion detection systems (IDS); publishing the first official RG technical report on cloud usage patterns – a textual and visual formalism for describing common cloud usage scenarios; establishing a longtime cooperation between ACM and SPEC for future ICPE conferences; and finalizing the ICPE constitution. In addition, we had a very successful ICPE 2013 conference including two co-located workshops, HotTopiCS 2013 and MultiCloud 2013, which attracted more than 160 attendees from industry and academia.

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2012 attracted again many high-quality nominations making the selection of the winner very challenging. The winner of this year's award is Shicong Meng from Georgia Tech for his thesis "Monitoring-as-a-Service in the Cloud" supervised by Prof. Ling Liu from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In this newsletter you will find many interesting articles that describe achievements and major events from the last seven months of SPEC RG’s activity. We want to highlight several articles that may be of special interest to the reader. Within the SPEC Announcements you can find the call for new members of the Cloud Working Group. We also invite nominations to the SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award 2013. We present new tools that were accepted for the Peer-reviewed Tools Repository. Reports from activities of our working groups will give the insight into our active commitment in the Cloud and IDS research domains. Our first technical report on "Cloud Usage Patterns" is highly relevant to the Cloud Computing community. We close the issue with reports from ICPE 2013, the annual SPEC meetings and the call for papers for ICPE2014.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this issue and welcome and encourage your contributions for articles and suggestions for future coverage.

The new issue can be downloaded from here.