Workshop on Dependability Benchmarking

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In conjunction with:
The International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, DSN-2002;
June 25th, 2002, Washington, D.C., USA.

Workshop Co-Chairs:
     Philip Koopman (Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA)
     Henrique Madeira (Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal)

Also, see the web site for the IFIP WG 10.4 SIG on Dependability Benchmarking:

Workshop Proceedings:

Download a preprint of the entire proceedings: Adobe Acrobat format, 1.4 MB

Individual papers (Adobe Acrobat format):

Workshop Description:

Classical features such as raw performance and functionality have long driven the computer industry to improve their products. But now, dependability and maintainability are seen as equally important. While there are relatively straightforward ways to evaluate and compare performance and functionality of different systems or components, the evaluation of dependability and maintainability features is much more difficult. Among the challenges that must be addressed are: incorporating the effects of software failures, characterizing the dependability of opaque off-the-shelf hardware and software components, including the effects of typical maintenance, operational, and configuration management procedures, and accommodating the fact that different application areas have different requirements for the various factors influencing dependability.

The goal of the Dependability Benchmarking Workshop is to provide a forum for the computer industry and academia to discuss problems associated with the evaluation and characterization of dependability and maintainability of components and computer systems. The identification of dependability benchmarking measures and the essential technologies for dependability benchmarking, including both experimental measuring and modeling technologies, are central aspects of this large discussion meant to garner ideas on practical and cost-effective ways to evaluate dependability and maintainability features.

Contributions are solicited in the form of short papers, work-in-progress reports, and position papers. Accepted workshop contributions (written material) will be published in the Supplement of the 2002 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks. The workshop will be held on one day during the DSN-2002 conference. Workshops are not alternative forums for full papers, which otherwise could be submitted to DSN. Workshop attendance is open to all registered conference attendees. We welcome participation by professionals with diverse backgrounds who can contribute to advancing the technology and understanding of the workshop subject.

Participants are invited to browse the on-line presentations of a previous meeting on this topic held in March 2001: 2001 Workshop. (That was a presentation-only workshop; the 2002 workshop will have published proceedings as mentioned above.)

Program Committee:
Koopman, Philip (CMU, USA) co-chair
Madeira, Henrique (Univ. Coimbra, Portugal) co-chair
Blanquart, Jean-Paul (Astrium, France)
Cukier, Michel (UIUC, USA)
Kanoun, Karama (LAAS-CNRS, France)
Karlsson, Johan (Chalmers Univ. Sweden)
Murphy, Brendan (Microsoft Research, UK)
Wilson, Don (Compaq, USA) | Main Workshop Page