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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.

The Research Group of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) selected the annual research prize to be awarded to a Ph.D. student whose thesis is regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution in the scope of the SPEC Research Group. The committee had – again – a demanding task to select the winner among the high-quality nominations. The criteria for the selection are the overall contribution in terms of scientific originality, practical relevance, impact, and quality of the presentation.

After an in-depth process the committee selected the following nomination:

  • Anshul Gandhi was nominated by Professor Mor Harchol-Balter from Carnegie Mellon University with the topic "Dynamic Server Provisioning for Data Center Power Management"

The winner will receive $1000, which will be awarded at the ICPE 2014 International Conference in Dublin, Ireland (

Selection committee for 2013:

  • Chair: Matthias Müller, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Walter Binder, University of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Edgar Gabriel, University Houston, USA
  • Samuel Kounev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • John Murphy, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Gerhard Wellein, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

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. The scope of SPEC’s Research Group includes computer benchmarking, performance evaluation, and experimental system analysis in general, considering both classical performance metrics such as response time, throughput, scalability and efficiency, as well as other non-functional system properties included under the term dependability, e.g., 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.