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Transaction Processing Performance Council Announces Fifth Annual International Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC 2013)
[May 07, 2013]

Transaction Processing Performance Council Announces Fifth Annual International Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC 2013)

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced a call-for-papers for its fifth annual Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC 2013). The conference will be collocated with the 39th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2013) on August 26, 2013 in Riva del Garda, Italy.

The deadline for abstract submission is June 8, 2013. Researchers and industry experts are encouraged to submit ideas and methodologies in performance evaluation, measurement and characterization in areas including, but not limited to:

-- Appliances            

-- Disaster tolerance and recovery


-- Social media infrastructure

-- Big Data

-- Energy and space efficiency

-- Virtualization

-- Business intelligence

-- Green computing

-- Cloud Computing

-- Ready to run benchmark kits for existing TPC benchmarks

-- Complex event processing

-- Hardware innovations

-- Data Integration

-- Hybrid workloads

-- Database optimizations

-- In-memory databases

Papers should be submitted electronically at:

Raghu Ramakrishnan, technical fellow at Microsoft (News - Alert), former vice president at Yahoo! Inc. and professor of computer sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is confirmed as the TPCTC keynote speaker.

"Since its formation 25 years ago, the TPC has been one of the most reputable and influential organizations driving benchmark development," said Dr. Ramakrishnan. "As data management professionals cope with the recent burst in activity around Big Data, with a number of new and novel data processing systems and the emergence of the cloud, the value of rigorous benchmarking has never been higher."

"Now in its fifth year, the TPCTC has become an established convention where industry experts share ideas for improving benchmarks, and for creating entirely new benchmarks," said Raghunath Nambiar, general chair of the conference and distinguished engineer at Cisco (News - Alert). "And this year we anticipate a number of exciting new submissions, in the areas of cloud computing, big data and others."

Selected papers will be presented during the conference, published in Springer's Lecture Notes on Computer Science (both in print and electronic formats), and may be considered for either future benchmark developments or enhancements to existing benchmark standards.

Additional information on TPCTC 2013 is available online at

TPC-Express: A New Method of Benchmark Delivery for the TPC

The TPC has also revised its bylaws to facilitate the development of a new classification of benchmarks. "TPC-Express" benchmarks are intended to deliver working benchmark applications via downloadable kits, as opposed to the organization's current suite of enterprise-class benchmarks - which are delivered in the form of specifications and are utilized mainly by computer manufacturers.

"TPC Express" benchmarks are intended to appeal to a wider audience of computer and software manufacturers, academic researchers and individual customers interested in running test environment workloads to validate data center system changes. "Implementing TPC Express benchmarks will be substantially less expensive than traditional, enterprise-class benchmarks," said Karl Huppler, senior engineer at IBM (News - Alert) and current chairman of the TPC. "I look forward to sharing information on our progress with the first Express benchmark implementation at TPCTC 2013."

The TPC welcomes proposals from both existing TPC members and non-members, and invites those who would like to participate in the "TPC-Express" development process to become active full or associate members. Additional information is available online at

About VLDB

VLDB is a premier annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. The conference will feature research talks, tutorials, demonstrations, and workshops. It will cover current issues in data management, database and information systems research. Data management and databases remain among the main technological cornerstones of emerging applications of the twenty-first century.

Additional information is available online at

About the TPC

The TPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. The TPC currently has 16 full members: Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle (News - Alert), Red Hat, Sybase, Teradata, Unisys and VMware; and five associate members: Ideas International, ITOM International Co, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Telecommunications Technology Association and the University of Coimbra.

Additional information is available online at

TPCTC 2013 Contacts

Raghunath Nambiar, General Chair,
Meikel Poess, General Chair,

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