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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.

The winning dissertation – Evaluation of Intrusion Detection Systems for Virtualized Environments – was authored by Aleksandar Milenkoski of Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev. The selection committee appreciated the novel repurposing of performance evaluation tools for characterizing Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). They were also highly impressed with the very principled and structured approach to research and evaluation. In particular, they commend the careful statistical work in the evaluation experiments and the technically deep investigation of IDS issues in virtualized environments.

Given the high quality of dissertations nominated for this award, the committee decided to publicly recognize another dissertation titled "Optimizing Timeliness, Accuracy, and Cost in Geo-Distributed Data-Intensive Computing Systems" authored by Benjamin Heintz under the supervision of Prof. Abhishek Chandra at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as the runner-up.

The selection committee notes the innovativeness and the practical applicability of the methods and metrics proposed by Dr. Heintz to address the tradeoff between staleness of data and the quantity to be processed. In particular, they appreciate the thorough, meticulous, insightful, and methodologically rigorous analyses presented in the dissertation.

The award is to be presented at the International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) in Germany in April 2018.

The award selection committee for 2017 was chaired by Prof. Diwakar Krishnamurthy of the University of Calgary and consisted of the following members

  • J. Nelson Amaral (University of Alberta)
  • Sergey Blagodurov (AMD)
  • Andre Bondi (Software Performance and Scalability Consulting LLC)
  • Niklas Carlsson (Linkoping University)
  • Klaus-Dieter Lange (HP Enterprise)
  • David Lilja (University of Minnesota)
  • Raghu Nambiar (Cisco)
  • Petr Tuma (Charles University)
  • Marco Vieira (University of Coimbra)
  • Carey Williamson (University of Calgary)
  • Feng Yan (University of Nevada)

The SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research Group. It was renamed in 2016 to Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award in memory of Kaivalya Dixit , SPEC’s longtime President). 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. Dissertations defended between October 2017 and September 2018 will be eligible to be nominated for the 2018 award. This year, the award committee considered 13 excellent dissertation submissions from universities around the world.