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SPEC workshop in Darmstadt unites benchmarking researchers and practitioners

DARMSTADT, Germany, 28 May 2008 - The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) and the Technische Universität Darmstadt will hold a workshop on 27 and 28 June in Darmstadt, Germany, to share ideas and experiences in the field of system performance evaluation.

"This is a unique opportunity for researchers to meet with industry practitioners to share and present their experiences, discuss challenges, and report on the latest developments in performance evaluation," says Walter Bays, SPEC president.

The SPEC International Performance Evaluation Workshop (SIPEW 2008) will present 16 selected papers from industry and academia in five categories: system profiling, monitoring and power management; benchmarks and workload characterization; benchmarks, sizing and optimization; models for software performance engineering; and web services and service-oriented architectures.

The first day's keynote presentation, titled "Scheduling for Server Farms: Approaches and Open Problems" will be delivered by Mor Harchol-Balter, associate head in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. The other keynote, titled "Performance Data and Data Models," will be delivered by Murray Woodside, a distinguished research professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

The program also includes two invited talks: "SAP Standard Application Benchmarks" by Dr. Ulrich Marquard, vice president at SAP AG; and "Characterization of SPECpower_ssj2008 Benchmark" by Anil Kumar and Larry Gray, senior staff engineers at Intel.

SIPEW 2008 is sponsored by SAP (Gold sponsor), Deutsche Telekom (Silver) and Sun (Bronze), in cooperation with IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, GI, VDE, ITG and MMB. General chairs for the conference are Alejandro Buchmann of TU Darmstadt and John Henning of Sun Microsystems.

Registration is 300€. For more information and to register, visit

About SPEC

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks used to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 80 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide. For more information, visit or contact the SPEC office by phone: (+1) 540-349-7878, fax: (+1) 540-349-5992, or email:

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