IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis
of Systems and Software (ISPASS-2000)
April 24-25, 2000, Austin, Texas
The IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Sytems and Software provides a forum for sharing advanced and well-established academic and industrial R&D work focused on performance analysis in the design of systems and software. Papers are solicited for four sequential tracks in the ISPASS-2000. The first two tracks address workload characterization and the role of performance analysis techniques in design. The third track is dedicated specifically to the performance analysis of web software, which will continue to change the technical and business landscape at an ever increasing pace into the next millennium. The fourth track, an invited track, is focused on Real-Time Systems, which is chosen in expectation of explosive growth in secure access to information and services for "billions of people interacting with trillions of devices."
Tracks and Topics

Track 1: Workload Characterization
Track co-chairs: Lizy John and Louise Trevillyan

This track will focus on quantitative characterization and analytical modeling of workloads from commercial and scientific computing. Topics include but are not limited to:

Quantitative Workload Behavior Characterization
Analytical Modeling of Workload Behavior
Characterization of Emerging Applications (Java, mobile computing, etc.)
Effects of Compiler Optimization on Workload Behavior
Effects of Out of Order Execution on Memory Access Behavior
Effects of Memory Access Reordering on Parallel Computer Architectures
Characterization of Multiprocessor Applications
Multithreaded Workload Characterization
Studies on Parallelism/Granularity in Programs
Trace Collection and Validation Issue
Track 2: Performance Analysis and its Impact on Design 
Track co-chairs: Tom Conte and Pradip Bose

This track will address the latest advances in performance modeling of systems and supporting software. The problem of validating the pre-product models against reference specifications or actual delivered systems will also be addressed. Topics include but are not limited to:

Analytical models for performance prediction
Simulation-based modeling techniques
Speed-accuracy trade-offs in modeling hierarchies
Use of parallel processing to speed up simulation models
Model validation: simulation based and formal techniques
Input (trace) validation and output (data) validation
Performance analysis of microprocessors and microsystems
Performance analysis of multiprocessor (MP) systems
Scalability studies and performance bounds for MP systems
Measurement and analysis of real systems: case studies
Performance trade-off analysis and compiler tuning
Evaluation methods for future microarchitectures and systems
Track 3: Web-enabled Software and Systems
Track co-chairs: Robert Howard and Sandra Baylor

This track will focus on the performance of software and systems that use the Internet. This includes client, server, and/or multi-tier applications and their associated systems infrastructure. Topics include but are not limited to:

Architectures for web-enabled multi-tier systems

Web throughput measurement tools and techniques
Solutions for common performance bottlenecks
Mechanisms for scaling web-enabled systems
Scalability testing tools and techniques
Reliability measurement and prediction
Defining and monitoring level-of-service
Deployment issues for web-enabled software
Enabling and/or managing rapidly evolving systems
Track 4: Real-Time System Software
Track co-chairs: Martin Timmerman and E. Douglas Jensen

This track will focus on performance analysis and engineering of real-time systems and software issues as they relate to the following topics:

Scheduling disciplines

Language issues, such as real-time Java, and Garbage Collection
Middleware, such as real-time CORBA, DCOM, Jini
Operating Systems Kernel Issues
Distributed Computing
End-to-End Quality of Service
IPC and RPC design
Data Bases and File Systems
Communication Network Software
Security, Fault Tolerance and Availability
Benchmarks and evaluation metrics
Applications and Case Studies
Processor architectures
Development Methodologies and Tools 



Submission Procedures

It is requested that the name of the authors and affiliations be included only on the initial abstract page. The program committee plans to ensure the highest quality of the review process by keeping the authors anonymous to the referees.

Please refer to the conference web site for electronic submission of your manuscripts. If electronic submission is not possible, please mail 5 copies of your full paper (length not to exceed 20 double-spaced pages) to the program chair (Do not send your paper to the track chair. All hard copy papers much be submitted to the Program Chair).  Each submission must clearly indicate the track for which your paper should be considered.  Also, indicate the primary contact author for the paper.

Author's Schedule

Submission Deadline: December 22, 1999
Notification of acceptance: February 14, 2000 
Advance registration deadline: March 12, 2000 
Final camera-ready paper deadline: March 12, 2000 

Track Chairs

Lizy John
University of Texas at Austin
Tom Conte
North Carolina State University.
Robert Howard
CTO, Tower Technology Corp.
Martin Timmerman
Real-Time Consult
Louise Trevillyan
IBM T. J. Watson Lab.
Pradip Bose
IBM T.J. Watson Lab.
Sandra Baylor
IBM T. J. Watson Lab.
E. Douglas Jensen

Program Chair 
Prof. Jo Dale Carothers
Dept. of ECE
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520) 621-8733
Fax: (520) 621-8076
General Chair
Nadeem Malik 
IBM Corporation 
11400 Burnet Road 
Austin, Texas 78758 
Tel: (512) 838-5106
Fax: (512) 838-8378

ISPASS-2000 is sponsored by IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Internet.