SIGMETRICS Annual Report

July 2002 - June 2003
Submitted by: Leana Golubchik, Chair July 2003 - June 2005

SIGMETRICS had a good year.

The SIGMETRICS conference continues to be a high quality conference. We continue to receive a large number of submissions, and our acceptance rate at the 2003 conference was approximately 11%. The conference participated in FCRC in 2003, with registrations of 130 for the conference, 35 for the tutorials/workshops program, and 67 for the AASMS workshop (mentioned below). Several workshops are now included as part of the conference's tutorials/workshops program (not all of these occur every year). These workshops include: Workshop on MAthematical performance Modeling and Analysis (MAMA), Practical Aspects of Performance Analysis (PAPA), Performance and Architecture of Web Servers (PAWS), Job Scheduling Strategies for Parallel Processing (JSSPP), and Algorithms and Architectures for Self-Managing Systems (AASMS), which ran for the first time in 2003 and was jointly sponsored by ISCA. We continue to support student travel through industrial funds.

The SIG is now supporting and is also in cooperation with several other conferences, in addition to its main one, including ACM SenSys and WOSP (International Workshop on Software and Performance).

The first ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award was given at the 2002 Conference. The recipient was Dr. E. G. Coffman, Jr. This award will be given every other year, starting with the 2002 award.

The SIG is also exploring approaches to improve services offered to its members; one such example is the addition of the PE Grad Student Database on its web page, which includes a database of students in performance evaluation who are graduating and looking for academic and industrial jobs.

Some of the issues the SIG will consider in the coming year include:

  • keeping the annual conference vital

  • starting a new award for the alternate years (in which the achievement award is not given)

  • membership retention

  • expanding sponsorship of other conferences and workshops

ACM Case Studies

Written by leading domain experts for software engineers, ACM Case Studies provide an in-depth look at how software teams overcome specific challenges by implementing new technologies, adopting new practices, or a combination of both. Often through first-hand accounts, these pieces explore what the challenges were, the tools and techniques that were used to combat them, and the solution that was achieved.

The DevOps Phenomenon

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