Call for Papers
Sharing Field Data
and Experiment Measurements
Aad van Moorsel
Assessing and measuring resilience is the key to making distributed systems and service infrastructures more trustworthy and trusted. Access to field data on component and/or computer failures, either caused by chance or malicious attack, is essential to assure accuracy and realism of resilience assessment methods and tools. But sharing field data, as well as raw data from dependability measurement experiments, is still a major challenge for both academia and industry. While we are still struggling with sharing data about simple systems, we are called to assess more complex ones, encompassing increasing numbers of computers, susceptible of many possible configurations, under varying profiles of use, environmental conditions and threats from malicious attacks.
How do we compare data measured under different conditions? How can we agree on measurement procedures, or at least on common ways of describing how a measurement was obtained? How do we decide when measurement conditions are "sufficiently realistic" to be useful? How do we sanitize sensitive data so that we can share them for mutual benefit? Do we even agree, when dealing with complex distributed systems and infrastructure, which metrics we want to measure and predict, for the multiple dimensions of security and dependability of hardware, software and systems, and of robustness to fault, misuse and attack?
This call is an invitation to all researchers, system developers and users with an interest in field data and experimental measurement of resilience to both accidental and malicious faults to share experience, needs, insights and recent results about the following topics (but not limited to):
- Presenting experiences with collecting, analyzing, and sharing field failure data, including data sanitization.
- Proposing techniques and protocols for sharing or exchanging experimental results and/or field failure data.
- Proposal of relevant metrics and indicators of resilience that are worth collecting and sharing across the research community.
- Elaborating methods for comparative assessment of resilience features across different systems or system configurations (on the basis of raw data).
- Highlighting the peculiarities of reproducing measurements to assess the resilience of complex distributed systems and networks, and the extra difficulties created by human intervention and attacks.
PARTICIPATION AND PAPER SUBMISSION
workshop is open to all researchers, system developers and users who are
involved with or have an interest in collecting and sharing field data and
data resulting from experiment measurements on resilience of distributed
computing systems, including failure data resulting from accidental and
malicious faults. Workshop attendance is open to all registered SRDS 2008
conference participants at no additional charge.
· Position papers that identify open issues or propose original ideas in the field.
· Work-in-progress reports that present considerable progress in the challenging areas.
· Experiment and field data reports, focusing on lessons learned from established field data collection initiatives or resilience assessment experiments.
The submissions must conform to IEEE conference proceedings style and should not exceed 6 pages including all text, appendices, and figures. Each paper should clearly identify the contribution to the workshop topics term of new ideas, results and lessons learned.
Submissions should be sent electronically (in PDF format) through the web submission system (EasyChair) using the following link: http://www.easychair.org/conferences?conf=srdsws2008.
The submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. In addition to the selected contributions also a number of invited/solicited presentations might be considered.
· Submission of papers: August 20th, 2008
· Author notification: September 5th, 2008
· Camera ready papers: September 15th, 2008
· Workshop date: October 5th, 2008
PUBLICATION OF PAPERS
Workshop papers will be included in electronic proceedings distributed to the participants of SRDS 2008.
Workshop location, registration and accommodation: http://www.ingegneria.uniparthenope.it/SRDS2008/
The organization of the workshop is supported by the AMBER - "Assessing, Measuring, and Benchmarking Resilience" Coordination Action project 216295 funded by the European Commission in the Seventh Framework Programme