RDCS 2010

21 June 2010, Genoa, Italy
in conjunction with with the 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing System (ICDCS 2010)

The first edition of the workshop was held within the framework of IEEE SRDS 2008 in Naples. The workshop on Sharing Field Data and Experiment Measurements on Resilience of Distributed Computing Systems was the most attended and lively of the 3 workshops held in that venue. A complete report is available at the project AMBER website [http://amber.dei.uc.pt/].


Assessing and measuring resilience is the key stone to improving trustworthiness in distributed systems and service infrastructures. There are many studies presenting the results achieved in resilience evaluation based on the analysis of experiment measurements or collection of field failure data. Both academia and industry are interested in having accurate methods and relevant data to be analyzed. Academic approaches typically focus on proper analysis methods and experiment setups (choosing configurations, parameters and benchmarks that appear sensible and relevant for measuring resilience), while industrial approaches struggle with the huge amount of raw field data that has to be processed to gain relevant indicators for problem solving and system optimization. In spite of decades of research and continuous progress in practice, experimental resilience evaluation is still a challenging problem. The workshop aims at addressing the following topic:

  • collecting relevant data on failures;
  • analysis of the usually large amount of raw failure data collected in the field or produced in dependability evaluation experiments;
  • comparing results obtained by different assessment techniques in a given system;
  • sharing field data and cross-exploitation of results;
  • presenting related results on advancement of dependable middleware solutions.

The workshop will include two panels and one open session. Panels are devoted to highlight some relevant basic outcomes from EU FP7 research programme. To this latter extent, the workshop profitably exploits connections with european projects in the field, namely: AMBER Project(Assessing, Measuring and Benchmarking Resilience) [http://www.amber-project.eu] GEMOM Project (Genetic Message Oriented Middleware) [http://www.gemom.eu]. GEMOM is coordinated by CNIT.

AMBER aims to coordinate the study of resilience measuring and benchmarking in computer systems and components, fostering European research in order to address the big challenges on resilience assessment posed by current and forthcoming computer systems and computer-based infrastructures. One of the activities of the AMBER Consortium has been the setup of a data repository to analyse and share field data on computer failures and resilience evaluation experiment results. It integrates data from different sources in such a way that enables comparison and cross-exploitation, which may represent a very important tool for many research groups worldwide.

The focus of GEMOM is the significant and measurable increase in end-to-end intelligence, security and resilience of complex, distributed information systems, includng insensitivity or significant reduction to individual and sometimes multiple faults in the system and the support for a reconfiguration as an efficient system. Research objectives include reliability of message sourcing and delivery, scalability with respect to message volumes, replicating structural and dynamic properties of security metrics, pre-emptive vulnerability testing and vulnerability updating. Case studies are focused on financial market data delivery, collaborative business portal, distributed, linked exchanges, dynamic road management system, money transfer banking.

Workshop organisation

The workshop is held in conjunction with the 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing System (ICDCS 2010)

Workshop day: Monday June 21, 2010.

The workshop will be organised including:

  • a keynote inviting a representative of the European Commission.
  • invited talks/panels from the GEMOM and AMBER projects (both describing their final results),
  • presentation of accepted papers (open session), intended of approximately 20 minutes each, including discussion, although the length of presentations may vary acording to the nature and quality.

Participation and Paper Submission

The workshop is open to all researchers, system developers and users who are involved with or have an interest in resilience assessment, benchmarking, and analyzing field data. Presentations that identify open issues, discuss the existing solutions or propose original ideas are expected.

The organization of the workshop is done in strict cooperation between the GEMOM - Genetic Message Oriented Middleware Project and the AMBER - Assessing, Measuring, and Benchmarking Resilience Coordination Action nr. 216295, both funded by the European Commission in the Seventh Framework Programme.

Invited talks / panels

Authors of invited contributions will be asked to send electronically an extended abstract (no more than 2 pages). The following information must be provided on the first page:

  • paper title;
  • full names, affiliations and emails addresses of all authors;
  • five keywords;
  • a footnote with the indication of the corresponding author, plus the complete address, phone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.

Papers should be submitted via email to: elena.palmisano@unifi.it

Submitted Contributions for Open Session

The selection of presentations will be based on the submission of an extended abstract, work-in-progress report or position paper. All paper submissions should follow the IEEE 8.5” x 11” Two-Column Format. Each submission can have 8 pages plus up to 2 over-length pages. If the paper is accepted for publication, an over-length fee will be charged to each of the over-length pages at $200 per page in the final camera-ready version.
They should clearly explain the contribution to the workshop topics and (in the case of extended abstracts) the novelty of the work. The following information must be provided on the first page:

  • paper title;
  • full names, affiliations and emails addresses of all authors;
  • an abstract (up to 150 words);
  • five keywords;
  • a footnote with the indication of the corresponding author, plus the complete address, phone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.

Papers should be submitted via email to: elena.palmisano@unifi.it

Paper review and Publishing

Invited Papers /Panels

The extended abstracts provided by the invited contributors will be directly included in an electronic proceedings that will be distributed among the participants of the workshop on CD-ROM and made public on the WEB.

Submitted Papers for Open Session

The submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. In addition to selected contributions also a number of invited presentations might be considered.

If accepted, the paper will be published in the workshop proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press, provided that at least one of its authors registers for ICDCS by the early registration deadline.

Important deadlines

Open session

  • Paper submission: March 5, 2010

Steering and Program Committees

Workshop Co-Chairs

  • Andrea Bondavalli, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Dino Giuli, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Program Co-Chairs

  • Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra, PT
  • Federica Paganelli, CNIT, IT

Program Committee

  • Aad Van Morsel, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Raul Barbosa, Chalmers University, SW
  • Paolo Lollini, University of Firenze, IT
  • Istvan Majzik, University of Budapest, HU
  • Lisa Spainhower, IBM, USA
  • Mohammed Kaaniche, LAAS, FR
  • Bojan Cukic,West Virginia University, USA
  • Michel Cukier, University of Maryland,USA
  • Reijo Savola, VTT, FIN
  • John Bigham, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Agostino Longo, SELEX SI, IT
  • Lorenzo Strigini, London City University, UK

Programme of the Workshop (21 June 2010)

Morning Panel Session - The AMBER Project: 10,30 – 12,00

10,30 – 10,45A. Bondavalli, P. Lollini, M. Vadursi
AMBER roadmap: ongoing research directions.
10,45 – 11,00R. Barbosa, D. Skarin, J. Karlsson
Shared Data from a Study of Measurement Uncertainty in Fault Injection
11,00 – 11,15R. Almeida, H. Madeira, M. Vieira
From Performance to Resilience Benchmarking
11,15 – 11,30A. van Moorsel
Thoughts on the Role of Resilience and AMB Technologies in Society
11,30 – 12,00Discussion

Afternoon Panel Session - The GEMOM Project: 13,30 – 15,00

13,30 – 13,50J. Bigham, M. Novkovic
Adding Resilience to Message Oriented Middleware: the GEMOM approach
13,50 – 14,10R. M. Savola, H. Abie, J. Bigham, D. Rotondi
Innovations and Advances in Adaptive Secure Message Oriented Middleware – the GEMOM Project
14,10 – 14,30P. Ristau, S. Topham, F. Paganelli, L. Blasi
GEMOM platform prototype validation through Case Studies – Main Results and Viewpoints to Exploitation
14,30 – 15,00Discussion

Open session: 15,30 – 17,00

15,30 – 15,50D. Cotroneo, C. Di Martino
Field Data Based Modeling of Sender Based Message Logging Protocols for Supercomputers Checkpointing
15,50 – 16,10András Kövi, Zoltán Micskei
Robustness Testing of Standard Specifications-based HA Middleware
16,10 – 16,30A. Perez Garcia, C. Siaterlis, M. Masera
Testing the fidelity of an Emulab testbed
16,30 – 16,50R. Almeida, N. Mendes, H. Madeira
Sharing Experimental and Field Data: The AMBER Raw Data Repository Experience
16,50 – 17,00Session closing