One of the fun parts of Sigmetrics is all the interesting workshops and tutorials that surround the conference. These really help to create communities around some of the sub-disciplines in the field, and often attract lots of new folks into the area.
For example, for the past few years, there have been three consistent workshops on the menu — Greenmetrics, which focuses on energy issues, WPIN/NetEcon, which focus on network economics, and MAMA, which focuses on the mathematical side of performance analysis. You see the reflection of this consistency in the program and the main Sigmetrics conference, which has increasingly large sets of papers in each of these areas.
Each year, there are one or two other workshops, too, as well as lots of interesting tutorials, but Greenmetrics, NetEcon, and MAMA have emerged as the “standards” for the moment. For example, MAMA has been around for 16 years, and it’s a big reason for the strong sense of community on the analytical side of Sigmetrics.
Since the submission deadlines for these are coming up, I figured I’d take the opportunity to plug them a little — especially GreenMetrics (of which I am a co-organizer). So, send your papers/abstracts!
- MAMA (MAthematical performance Modeling and Analysis): MAMA has a special place in my heart, since it’s where I gave my first talk as a grad student. As a little historical tidbit, there used to be a parallel workshop PAPA (Practical Aspects of Performance Analysis), but the couple was split up as PAPA moved away and hasn’t been heard from since… In any case, MAMA is really a great venue to get early feedback on work from queueing/scheduling/optimization applied to computing/networking applications. Since submissions are only 2-3 page abstracts, it leaves open the ability to publish in other conferences or journals, and people take advantage of this to use it as a place to talk about preliminary results and works-in-progress. I know that a number of my papers have improved dramatically because of feedback we received at MAMA. To this day, I always encourage my students to consider sending things there for this reason. The submission deadline is April 25, 2014.
- Greenmetrics: Greenmetrics started because of Martin Arlitt back in 2009, and this is the first year that he’s stepped off of the organizing committee. So, those of us still involved have to do our best to maintain its quality now that he’s gone! The goal of the workshop is to help provide a bridge between the energy/power-systems community and the Sigmetrics community. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, there are so many energy venues in lots of different places that it’s hard to keep track of everything. I view Greenmetrics as a place where you can come and talk about work that you may submit to other communities and get early feedback… Like MAMA, it accepts short abstracts of 2-3 pages, so it allows for discussion of works-in-progress as well as work that may be targeted toward power systems journals (though it also allows full papers to be submitted). It’s been very successful in recent years, to the point that last year, the acceptance rate was a bit too low in my mind (~25%) given that we’re aiming for preliminary work. The program of the workshop itself has a mix of invited talks and paper presentations, and this year, we have a nice mixture of industry/academic and cs/power speakers, including Mor Harchol-Balter, Alexis Kwasinski, and Karthick Rajamani. As I said, I’m a co-organizer, so I really hope to see lots of good papers! The submission deadline is April 14, 2014.
- NetEcon/WPIN : WPIN (Worshop on Pricing and Incentives in Networks) showed up at Sigmetrics in 2012, and then merged forces with NetEcon (Workshop on the Economics of Networks, Systems, and Computation) last year, though NetEcon has been around since 2006. The combination provides quite a nice venue for discussing work at the boundary of networks and economics, and the workshop is especially fun because they always manage to attract interesting keynotes. This year, they have already arranged for Paul Milgram, Asu Ozdaglar, and Aaron Roth. I have high hopes that this workshop will continue to hang around at Sigmetrics, and will help to provide stronger connections between the AGT community and the Sigmetrics community, where the econ work that has appeared has been much more “Network economics and pricing” than “AGT.” The submission deadline is April 7, 2014.