the International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems

June 12-16, 2007
San Diego, CA

Held in conjunction with FCRC '07

Friday, June 15, 2:30 - 3:45pm
Session Chair: Evgenia Smirni

In this panel discussion, program directors of federal agencies and senior researchers from academia, industry, and national labs will give an overview of current research activities and future research directions in Performance Evaluation.  The panelists will include Frederica Darema from the National Science Foundation, Albert Greenberg from Microsoft Research, Adolfy Hoisie from Los Alamos National Lab, and Don Towsley from UMass Amherst. Each will give short presentations and will respond to questions from the audience.

Slides from Evgenia's remarks

Slides from Frederica's remarks (coming soon)
Slides from Albert's remarks
Slides from Adolfy's remarks (coming soon)
Slides from Don's remarks

Frederica Darema, National Science Foundation

Dr. Darema is the Senior Science and Technology Advisor in CNS and CISE, and Director of the Computer Systems Research (CSR) Program. Dr. Darema's interests and technical contributions span the development of parallel applications, parallel algorithms, programming models, environments, and performance methods and tools for the design of applications and of software for parallel and distributed systems. Dr. Darema received her BS degree from the School of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Athens - Greece, and MS and Ph. D. degrees in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of California at Davis respectively, where she attended as a Fulbright Scholar and a Distinguished Scholar. After Physics Research Associate positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Brookhaven National Lab, she received an APS Industrial Fellowship and became a Technical Staff Member in the Nuclear Sciences Department at Schlumberger-Doll Research. Subsequently, in 1982, she joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member in the Computer Sciences Department and later on she established and became the manager of a research group at IBM Research on parallel applications. While at IBM she also served in the IBM Corporate Strategy Group, examining and helping to set corporate-wide strategies. Dr. Darema was elected IEEE Fellow for proposing in 1984 the SPMD (Single-Program-Multiple-Data) computational model that has become the popular model for programming today's parallel and distributed computers.

Dr. Darema has been at NSF since 1994, where she has developed initiatives for new systems software technologies (the Next Generation Software Program), and research at the interface of neurobiology and computing (the Biological Information Technology and Systems Program). She has led the DDDAS (Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems) efforts including the synonymous cross-directorate and cross-agency competition, and has also been involved in other cross-directorate efforts such as the Information Technology Research, the Nanotechnology Science and Engineering, the Scalable Enterprise Systems, and the Sensors Programs. During 1996-1998 she completed a two-year assignment at DARPA where she initiated a new thrust for research on methods and technology for performance engineered systems.

Albert Greenberg, Microsoft Research

Albert Greenberg is an ACM Fellow, and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, which he joined in Jan 2007. He earned AT&Tís highest technical honor when he was appointed an AT&T Fellow in 2002 for ground breaking research in IP traffic measurement and network management tools. At AT&T Labs-Research, Albert headed the Network Measurement and Engineering Research Department from 1995-2006. His research focuses on systems, networking, data centers, and network management. Albert's recent research includes: novel methods for packet and flow measurement and analysis, traffic matrix inference, anomaly detection, configuration management, IP/MPLS control plane monitoring, MPLS/GMPLS control and management, IP traffic and network engineering, IP fault management and troubleshooting, new route control architectures, database and systems applications, and network security. The research and underlying methodology spans: measurement and engineering of large complex, operational networks and computer systems, modeling, performance analysis, simulation, and statistical inference. Earlier in his career, Albert worked in the areas of multiple access channels, Computer Science theory, applied probability, computer engineering and scheduling, wireless and satellite networks, massively parallel computation, and parallel simulation. Albert's education includes a BA from Dartmouth College in Mathematics (1978, with Honors, Magna Cum Laude), and MS and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington (1981, 1983). In 2005, Albert became Chair of ACM Sigmetrics. In 2004, Albert was awarded AT&T's Science and Technology Medal for technical innovation in IP network monitoring and management.

Adolfy Hoisie, Los Alamos National Lab

Adolfy Hoisie is a Staff Scientist, the Leader of the Performance and Architectures Lab (PAL) and the Leader of the Computer Science for HPC Group (CCS-1) in the Computer and Computational Sciences Division at Los Alamos. From 1987 until he joined LANL in 1997, he has been a researcher at Cornell University. His areas of research are performance evaluation and modeling of high-performance architectures, system architecture, application modeling. He and his group pioneered scientifically-based methodologies for performance modeling, that set the standard in the community for accuracy and predictive capabilities.

Adolfy was the winner of the Gordon Bell Award in 1996. He has published extensively in his areas of expertise, including being the co-author of a recently published book (by SIAM) "Performance Optimization of Numerically Intensive Codes", and of two edited books.

Don Towsley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Don Towsley holds a B.A. in Physics (1971) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1975) from University of Texas. From 1976 to 1985 he was a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts in the Department of Computer Science. He has held visiting positions at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY; Laboratoire MASI, Paris, France; INRIA, Sophia- Antipolis, France; AT&T Labs - Research, Florham Park, NJ; and Microsoft Research Lab, Cambridge, UK. His research interests include networks and performance evaluation.

He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and on the editorial boards of Journal of the ACM, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and has previously served on numerous other editorial boards. He was program co-chair of the joint ACM SIGMETRICS and Performance'92 conference and the Performance 2002 conference. He is a member of ACM and ORSA, and Chair of IFIP Working Group 7.3. He has received the 2007 IEEE Keji Kobayashi Award, the 1998 IEEE Communications Society William Bennett Best Paper Award and numerous best conference/workshop paper awards. Last, he has been elected Fellow of both the ACM and IEEE.