Raghunath Nambiar of HP Labs sent an email to me this morning about the forthcoming Second TPC Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking, which will be co-located with the 2010 VLDB Conference in Singapore this September. This is the second TPCTC workshop, that follows a successful 2009 workshop in France last summer. The papers from the 2009 workshop were published in Springer’s LNCS series; however, the slides from the conference talks are all publicly available on the TPC website. In particular, readers interested in virtualized database system performance might want to take a look at this talk entitled “Benchmarking Database Performance in a Virtual Environment” by Sharada Bose of HP Labs and Priti Mishra, Priya Sethuraman, and Reza Taheri of VMware.
TPCTC is, as you might guess, all about database performance evaluation. Here’s the workshop abstract from the Call for Papers:
The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a non-profit organization established in August 1988. Over two decades, it has shaped the landscape of modern transaction processing and database benchmarks. Now, the world is in the midst of an extraordinary information explosion. Enterprise data and user generated data levels continue to grow exponentially. This has challenged researchers and industry experts to develop innovative techniques to evaluate and benchmark software and hardware technologies.
As a result, the TPC is conducting its second Technology Conference (TPCTC 2010) in conjunction with the 36th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2010). With this conference, the TPC encourages researchers and industry experts to submit novel ideas and methodologies in performance evaluation, measurement, and characterization in the following areas:
Appliance Business Intelligence Cloud computing Complex event processing Database optimizations Green computing Data compression Disaster tolerance and recovery Energy and space efficiency Hardware innovations High speed data generation Hybrid workloads Unstructured data management Software management and maintenance Virtualization Very large memory systems Lessons learnt in using TPC workloads Enhancements to TPC workloads
The program committee for TPCTC 2010, once again chaired by Meikel Poess of Oracle, includes Alain Crolotte from Teradata, Berni Schiefer from IBM Toronto, Mike Molloy from Dell, Peter Thawley from Sybase, and Paul Larson from Microsoft Research.