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DBTest 2009 : Second ACM International Workshop on Testing Database Systems


When Jun 29, 2009 - Jun 29, 2009
Where Providence, USA
Submission Deadline Apr 3, 2009
Notification Due May 8, 2009
Final Version Due May 22, 2009
Categories    databases

Call For Papers


Second ACM International Workshop on
Testing Database Systems (DBTest 2009)

Jun 29th, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island USA

(collocated with ACM SIGMOD/PODS 2009)

Motivation and Scope

The functionality provided by modern database management systems (DBMS), data
storage services, and database applications is continuously expanding. New trends
in hardware architectures, new data storage requirements, and new usage patterns
drive the need for continuous innovation and expansion. As a result, these system/
applications are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to validate. As a
consequence, testing and tuning these system/applications is becoming
increasingly expensive and are often dominating the release cycle. It is not unusual
that fifty percent of the development cost is spent on testing and tuning and that
several months are reserved for testing before a new release can be shipped.
Without revolutionary new ideas, the situation is getting even worse in the future.
The first workshop on testing database systems (collocated with SIGMOD 2008) has
shown that there is a huge interest of the industry to discuss problems in the area
of testing database systems together with the academic community. Moreover,
testing has recently gained more attention in the database community with an
increasing number of conference submissions as well as a special issue of the IEEE
Data Engineering Bulletin in this area. The main purpose of this workshop is to
continue the discussion between industry and academia in order to come up with a
research agenda that describes important open problems in the area of testing
database systems/applications. The long term goal is to devise new techniques
which solve these problems in order to reduce the cost and time to test and tune
database products so that users and vendors can spend more time and energy on
actual innovations. Obviously, the software engineering community has already
worked intensively on testing related problems. However, testing DBMS/database
applications imposes particular challenges and opportunities which have not been
addressed in either the database or software engineering community.
The participants of this workshop will be from both industry and academia. All
papers will be selected from submissions by the program committee after peer
reviewing. In addition to novel techniques, the workshop will present war stories as
well as vision papers in order to define and better understand the problem space.

Topics of Interest

* Testing techniques for DBMS, data storage services, database applications
* Generation of synthetic data for test databases
* Generation of stochastic test models for large test matrices
* Techniques and algorithms for automatic program verification
* Maximizing code coverage of database systems/applications
* Testing correctness of database systems/applications
* Test-modelling of database systems/applications
* Testing and designing systems that are robust to estimation inaccuracies
* Testing the efficiency of adaptive policies and components
* Minimizing, automating and ranking of engine tuning parameters
* Identifying performance bottlenecks
* Workload characterization with respect to performance metrics
* Workload characterization with respect to engine components
* Metrics for predictability of query and workload performance
* Metrics for query plan robustness
* Security and vulnerability testing
* War Stories and vision papers

Paper Submission

DBTest 2009 invites the submission of original contributions in the area of testing
and tuning database management systems (DBMS), data storage services, and database
applications. As mentioned above, DBTest is also interested in war stories,
practitioner's reports, and vision papers on techniques and issues in testing and tuning
those systems. Papers should be formatted according to the ACM guidelines and SIGMOD
proceedings template available at:

Papers should not be longer than six pages and should be submitted in PDF by E-Mail to:

Important Dates

Paper Submission: April 3, 2009 (Friday, 5PM PST)
Notification of acceptance: May 8, 2009 (Friday)
Camera-ready: May 22, 2009 (Friday)
Workshop: June 29, 2009 (Monday)

Workshop Chairs

Carsten Binnig, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (
Benoit Dageville, Oracle Corporation, USA (

Steering Comittee

Leo Giakoumakis, Microsoft Corporation, USA (
Donald Kossmann, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (

Program Committee

Surajit Chaudhuri Microsoft Research, USA
Mitch Cherniack Brandeis University, USA
Enzo Cialini IBM DB2, Canada
Leo Giakoumakis Microsoft SQL Server, USA
Jayant Haritsa Indian Institute of Science, India
Donald Kossmann ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Eric Lo HK Polytec University, Hong Kong
Andreas Leitner ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Chaitanya Mishra University of Toronto, Canada
Patrick O'Neil University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Glen Paulley Sybase iAnywhere, Canada
Ravi Sahani Oracle, USA
Eric Simon SAP BO, France
Avik Sinha IBM Research, USA
Ed Triou Microsoft SQL Server, USA
Florian Waas Greenplum, USA
Khaled Yagoub Oracle, USA

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