Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
June 17 - 21, 2013

Call for Papers
Student Travel Grant
Full Program (incl. Workshops)
Paper Submission
Industrial Research Fair
Smart Interviewing Practices Panel
Sigmetrics Banquet
Activities Options


The organizing committee is excited to invite you to take part in ACM SIGMETRICS 2013. SIGMETRICS is the flagship conference of the ACM special interest group for the computer systems performance evaluation community.

The ACM SIGMETRICS conference solicits papers on the development and application of state-of-the-art, broadly applicable analytic, simulation, and measurement-based performance evaluation techniques. Of particular interest is work that furthers the state-of-the-art in performance evaluation methods, or work that creatively apply previously developed methods to understand or gain important insights into key design trade-offs in computer or network systems.


• The Best Paper Award and the Ken Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award:
Queueing System Topologies with Limited Flexibility
John N. Tsitsiklis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Kuang Xu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

• The Best Practical Paper Award:
Practical Conflict Graphs for Dynamic Spectrum Distribution
Xia Zhou (UC Santa Barbara), Zengbin Zhang (UC Santa Barbara), Gang Wang (UC Santa Barbara), Xiaoxiao Yu (Tsinghua University), Ben Y. Zhao (UC Santa Barbara), Haitao Zheng (UC Santa Barbara)

• Please look at the schedule to see the many activities associated with the conference, including the Industrial Research Fair, the Smart Interviewing Practices Panel, the Sigmetrics Banquet, and the Activities Options.

• The early registration deadline has been extended to June 10th. Those who registered at the late registration price during May and did not use a discount code will be refunded for the difference in prices, so that their cost matches the early registration price.

 Sigmetrics Awards

The Sigmetrics Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Jean Walrand (EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley). Prof. Walrand will be speaking from 8:30am -- 9:15am on Thursday, 6/20.

Prof. Walrand's talk will be on Sharing Network Resources. More information can be found on the Awards page.

The Sigmetrics Rising Star Award winner is Augustin Chaintreau (CS Department, Columbia University). Prof. Chaintreau will be speaking from 5:30pm -- 6:00pm on Wednesday, 6/19.

Prof. Chaintreau's talk is titled Information Highway Revisited. More information can be found on the Awards page.

The Sigmetrics Test of Time award goes to the following paper:
Fast accurate computation of large-scale IP traffic matrices from link loads, by Yin Zhang, Matthew Roughan, Nick Duffield, and Albert Greenberg, Sigmetrics 2003.
This award will be presented at the Sigmetrics Banquet, Wednesday evening (6/19).

 Sigmetrics Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that we will have two exciting keynote speakers this year:

Balaji Prabhakar (Bio)
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University
Designing Large-scale Nudge Engines

In many of the challenges faced by the modern world, from overcrowded transportation systems to overstretched healthcare systems, large benefits for society come about from small changes by very many individuals. We survey the problems and the cost they impose on society, and describe a framework for designing "nudge engines"---algorithms, incentives and technology for influencing human behavior. We present a model for analyzing their effectiveness and results from transportation pilots conducted in Bangalore, at Stanford and in Singapore, and a wellness program for the employees of Accenture-USA.

David Maltz (Bio)
Networking Research Group, Microsoft Research
Challenges in Cloud Scale Data Centers

Datacenters are fascinating places, where the massive scale required to deliver on-line services like web search and cloud hosting turns minor issues into major challenges that must be addressed in the design of the physical infrastructure and the software platform. In this talk, I'll briefly overview the kinds of applications that run in mega-datacenters and the workloads they place on the infrastructure. I'll then describe a number of challenges seen in Microsoft's datacenters, with a goal of posing questions more than describing solutions. The audience will leave with a better understanding of how economic factors, technology issues, and software design interact when creating low-latency, low-cost, high availability services.

 Sigmetrics Workshop Keynote Speakers

We are also featuring four workshops this year with the following keynote speakers:

Dr. Rayid Ghani is the keynote speaker for Big Data Analytics. Dr. Ghani was the Chief Scientist at Obama for America 2012 campaign focusing on analytics, technology, and data. His work focused on improving different functions of the campaign including fundraising, volunteer, and voter mobilization using analytics, social media, and machine learning.

Prof. Ricardo Bianchini (Bio), Keynote Speaker for Greenmetrics
Professor, Computer Science, Rutgers University
Leveraging Renewable Energy in Datacenters: Present and Future

Interest has been growing in powering datacenters (at least partially) with renewable or "green" sources of energy, such as solar or wind. However, it is challenging to use these sources because, unlike the "brown" (carbon-intensive) energy drawn from the electrical grid, they are not always available. In this talk, I will first discuss the tradeoffs involved in leveraging green energy today and the prospects for the future. I will then discuss the main research challenges and questions involved in managing the use of green energy in datacenters. Next, I will describe some of the software and hardware that researchers are building to explore these challenges and questions. Specifically, I will overview systems that match a datacenter's computational workload to the green energy supply. I will also describe Parasol, the solar-powered micro-datacenter we have recently built at Rutgers University. Finally, I will discuss some potential avenues for future research on this topic.

Prof. Marija Ilić (Bio), Keynote Speaker for Greenmetrics
Professor, Departments of Electrical & Computer Enegineering and Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services: The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands

In this talk we present a preview of the upcoming Springer monograph. We use the islands of Sao Miguel and Flores to illustrate an end-to-end IT framework for enabling deployment of new hardware technologies into the existing electric power systems at value. We explain how the proposed IT framework could evolve in synchrony with the existing utility control centers and their Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). We illustrate how such an IT approach could transform the islands into green islands in which expensive diesel generation is replaced by a mix of wind and solar power plants, and fleets of electric vehicles. In particular, we show how carefully architected IT enables electricity service at value and according to choice. This is done without damaging continuity of services defined according to terms between the service providers and users. We illustrate dynamic deployment of wind and solar power, responsive demand, including PHEVs, according to the value they bring to those needing them. Most importantly, the overall operations and planning process becomes much more manageable and simpler when enabled by the right IT.

Prof. Prashant Shenoy (Bio), Keynote Speaker for Greenmetrics
Professor, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Demand Side Energy Management in Smart Buildings

Today, buildings account for nearly 75% of the electricity usage and 40% of the total energy usage in modern economies. Consequently, techniques for reducing the energy and carbon footprint of buildings has emerged as an important research topic. Demand side energy management refers to techniques employed by smart buildings or its occupants to modulate the energy usage for various energy- or grid-level optimizations. In this talk, I will argue that modeling and prediction of electrical loads is a key ingredient of any demand-side energy management technique. I will describe opportunities and challenges in modeling these loads and describe our recent work in empirically characterizing and modeling common residential loads. I will also describe how better modeling can result in more effective demand side energy management and better energy efficiency improvements.

Dr. Yuan Chen (Bio), Keynote Speaker for Greenmetrics
Senior Researcher, HP Labs
Towards the Design and Operation of Net-Zero Energy Data Centers

In this talk, we present a holistic end-to-end management solution - Net-Zero Energy Data Center - for optimizing the design and operation of data centers to minimize the life time energy cost and carbon footprint. We discuss several key techniques that have been developed: (1) optimizing the design and size of data center energy infrastructure; (2) scheduling IT workloads based on (renewable) resource availability and SLAs; (3) dynamically provisioning IT and cooling resources according to needs and integrated management of IT and cooling resources; and (4) improving the effective utilization of servers by managing the collocation of critical (e.g., interactive apps.) and non-critical (e.g., batch jobs) workloads on virtualized multi-core servers. We describe a prototype implementation of Net-Zero energy data center that achieves Net-Zero grid energy use while meeting all critical performance criteria and incurring minimal capital infrastructure expense - lowering the total data center power costs by 30% and dependence on a larger power grid by more than 80%.

 Important Dates

• Abstract Registration: November 7, 2012, 11:59pm EST (hard deadline)

• Paper Submission: November 14, 2012, 11:59pm EST (hard deadline)

• First-round reviews available: December 26, 2012

• Rebuttals to reviews: January 4, 2013, 11:59 PM EST (hard deadline)

• Notification of Decision: February 11, 2013

• Early Registration: May 10, 2013

• Conference: June 17 - 21, 2013


General Chair Mor Harchol-Balter Carnegie Mellon University
Program Chairs John Douceur Microsoft Research
Jun Xu Georgia Institute of Technology
Publicity Chairs Jia Wang AT&T Labs
Marc Lelarge INRIA
Workshop Chair Cathy Xia The Ohio State University
Tutorials Chair Eno Thereska Microsoft Research
Finance Chair Alma Riska EMC Corporation
Publications Chair Ton Dieker Georgia Institute of Technology
Registration Chair Patrick Loiseau EURECOM
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