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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.

GAINESVILLE, Va., December 22, 2011 – The Research Group of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) has awarded its first two Distinguished Dissertation Awards to Luk Van Ertvelde of Ghent University in Belgium and Kai Sachs of Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. 

Luk Van Ertvelde was nominated by Professor Lieven Eeckhout from Ghent University. He receives the award for his dissertation titled “Workload Generation for Microprocessor Performance Evaluation.” 

Kai Sachs was nominated by Professor Alejandro Buchmann from Technische Universität Darmstadt. He receives the award for his dissertation titled “Performance Modeling and Benchmarking of Event-Based Systems.”

Further details on the award winners and their dissertations is available here.

The awards will be presented at the ICPE 2012 International Conference which will take place on April 22-25, 2012 in Boston, Mass., USA.

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.

It was a demanding task to select the winners among the high-quality nominations,” says the chair of the selection committee, Prof. Wilhelm Hasselbring of the University of Kiel in Germany.  “It was great to see such outstanding work for the first awards program from the SPEC Research Group.

Members of the selection committee include:

  • J. Nelson Amaral, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Wilhelm Hasselbring, University of Kiel, Germany (Chair)
  • Seetharami R. Seelam, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
  • Petr Tuma, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Walter Bays, Oracle Corp., USA

About the SPEC Research Group

The SPEC Research Group (RG) serves as a platform for collaborative research efforts in the areas of computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general, fostering the interaction between industry and academia in the field. The scope of the conducted research efforts includes methodologies, techniques and tools for measurement, load testing, profiling, workload characterization, dependability and efficiency evaluation of computing systems. For more information, visit the SPEC website or email info(at)


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