ICPE 2017
            8th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering

                    Sponsored by ACM SIGMETRICS, SIGSOFT, and SPEC RG

                                    L'Aquila, Italy
                                   April 22-27, 2017




The goal of the International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) is 
to integrate theory and practice in the field of performance engineering by 
providing a forum for sharing ideas and experiences between industry and 
academia. Nowadays, complex systems of all types, like Web-based systems, data 
centers and cloud infrastructures, social networks, peer-to-peer, mobile and 
wireless systems, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, real-time and 
embedded systems, have increasingly distributed and dynamic system 
architectures that provide high flexibility, however, also increase the 
complexity of managing end-to-end application performance.

ICPE brings together researchers and industry practitioners to share and 
present their experiences, discuss challenges, and report state-of-the-art and 
in-progress research on performance engineering of software and systems, 
including performance measurement, modeling, benchmark design, and run-time 
performance management. The focus is both on classical metrics such as response 
time, throughput, resource utilization, and (energy) efficiency, as well as on 
the relationship of such metrics to other system properties including but not 
limited to scalability, elasticity, availability, reliability, and security. 



ICPE'17 takes place from April 22 to 27, 2017. 
The main conference runs from April 24 to 26, with a welcome reception on April 
24 and a banquet on April 25. 
Tutorials are held on April 22 and 23, while workshops take place on April 22, 
23, and 27. 

The preliminary program is available at 

The following eight workshops will be held in conjunction with the main 

- Saturday, April 22:
-- ACPROSS: Autonomous Control for Performance and Reliability Trade-offs in 
Internet of Services
-- PABS: Third International Workshop on Performance Analysis of Big Data 
-- WOSP-C: Workshop on Challenges in Performance Methods for Software 

- Sunday, April 23:
-- ENERGY-SIM: Third International Workshop on Energy-aware Simulation
-- LTB: Sixth International Workshop on Load Testing and Benchmarking of 
Software Systems
-- MoLS: First International Workshop on Monitoring in Large-Scale Software 
-- WEPPE: Workshop on Education and Practice of Performance Engineering

- Thursday, April 27:
-- QUDOS: Third International Workshop on Quality-aware DevOps

More information on the workshops can be found at 



Registration is open! To register to ICPE'17 or to the co-located workshops and 
tutorials, please follow the instruction at the following link: 

Early registration deadline: March 24, 2017



We are proud to announce our keynote speakers for ICPE'17:


Arif Merchant
Title: Autonomic storage management at scale
Cloud data centers use enormous amounts of storage, and it is critical to 
monitor, manage, and optimize the storage autonomically. Optimally configuring 
storage is difficult because storage workloads are very diverse and change over 
time. Data centers measure running workloads, but this measurement data stream 
is itself quite large. We present some real world case studies in the use of 
big data techniques, sampling, and optimization to manage storage in data 
Short bio:
Arif Merchant is a Research Scientist at Google and leads the Storage Analytics 
group, which studies interactions between components of the storage stack. His 
interests include distributed storage systems, storage management, and 
stochastic modeling. He holds the B.Tech. degree from IIT Bombay and the Ph.D. 
in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is an ACM Distinguished 


Francesco Quaglia
(University of Rome "La Sapienza")

Title: Performance is Also a Matter of Where You Live

Nowadays, a plethora of techniques and methods are available to optimize the 
runtime behavior of complex applications, ranging from modeling/prediction 
tools to the employment of recognized patterns and/or knowledge-bases on the 
expected performance under specific workloads. However, in common scenarios, 
the ultimate applications' behavior may depend on features that are scarcely 
predictable or difficult to be taken into account when designing the 
applications and their own runtime optimizers. Among them, we mention the 
actual structure of the underlying hardware and/or virtualized platforms, as 
well as specific runtime dynamics such as thread correlation on data and 
synchronization---not much the average behavior, rather punctual effects. We 
believe that the environment where applications live, like operating systems 
and user-space runtime libraries, play a central role in coping with these 
features. We similarly believe that such environments must be re-staged so as 
to be actually effective in pursuing the performance optimization goal. In this 
talk, we discuss specific guidelines to re-stage the environments, based on a 
real experience, and we point as well to challenges that are still untackled 
and deserve attention by the research community.

Short bio:
Francesco Quaglia received the Laurea degree (MS level) in Electronic 
Engineering in 1995 and the PhD degree in Computer Engineering in 1999 from the 
University of Rome ``La Sapienza''. From summer 1999 to summer 2000 he held an 
appointment as a Researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR). 
Since January 2005 he works as an Associate Professor at the School of 
Engineering of the University of Rome ``La Sapienza", where he has previously 
worked as an Assistant Professor since September 2000 to December 2004. His 
main research interests are in the areas of high performance computing, 
dependable computing, transactional systems, operating systems, automatic code 
parallelization, performance analysis and optimization. Currently, he is the 
director of the HPDCS (High Performance and Dependable Computing Systems) 
Research Lab at the University of Rome ``La Sapienza''.


Thomas Wuerthinger
(Oracle Labs)

Title: Micro-Benchmarking Considered Harmful
Subtitle: When the Whole is Faster or Slower Than the Sum of its Parts

Measuring the time spent on small individual fractions of program code is a 
common technique for analysing performance behavior and detecting performance 
bottlenecks. The benefits of the approach include a detailed individual 
attribution of performance and understandable feedback loops when experimenting 
with different code versions. There are however severe pitfalls when following 
this approach that can lead to vastly misleading results. Modern optimizing 
compilers use complex optimization techniques that take a large part of the 
program into account. There can be therefore unexpected side-effects when 
combining different code snippets or even when running a presumably unrelated 
part of the code. This talk will present performance paradoxes with examples 
from the domain of dynamic compilation of Java programs. Furthermore, it will 
discuss an alternative approach to modelling code performance characteristics 
that takes the challenges of complex optimising compilers into account.

Short Bio: 
Thomas Wuerthinger is a Senior Research Director at Oracle Labs leading 
programming language implementation teams for languages including Java, 
JavaScript, Ruby, and R. He is the architect of the Graal compiler and the 
Truffle self-optimizing runtime system. Previously, he worked on the Crankshaft 
optimizing compiler of V8 at Google, and the Maxine research virtual machine at 
Sun Microsystems. He received a PhD degree from JKU Linz for his research about 
dynamic code evolution.



General Chairs
* Walter Binder, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland
* Vittorio Cortellessa, Università dell'Aquila, Italy 
Research Program Chairs
* Anne Koziolek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
* Evgenia Smirni, College of William and Mary, USA
Industry Program Chairs
* Meikel Poess, Oracle, USA
Tutorials Chair
* Valeria Cardellini, Università di Roma Torvergata, Italy
Workshops Chairs
* Hanspeter Mössenböck, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
* Catia Trubiani, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy
Posters and Demos Chair
* Lubomir Bulej, Charles University, Czech Republic
Awards Chairs
* Petr Tuma, Charles University, Czech Republic
* Murray Woodside, Carleton University, Canada
Local Organization Chair 
* Antinisca Di Marco, Università dell'Aquila, Italy
Publicity Chairs
* Andrea Rosà, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland
* Diego Perez, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Finance Chair
* André van Hoorn, University of Stuttgart
Publication and Registration Chair 
* Davide Arcelli, Università dell'Aquila, Italy 
Web Site Chair
* Daniele Di Pompeo, Università dell'Aquila, Italy



Do not hesitate to contact the general chairs at <walter.bin...@usi.ch> and 
<vittorio.cortelle...@univaq.it> for more information about ICPE'17 and the 
co-located venues.

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