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Experimental reproducibility for computer scientists


7 novembre 2019

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité



Dr Valerio Schiavoni, IIUN, Université de Neuchâtel.

Prof Adrian Holzer, IMI, Université de Neuchatel.

Prof Christian Cachin, Institute of Computer Science, University of Bern.

  • Pr Miguel Matos, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dr François Vessaz, SBB AG, Switzerland
  • Dr Ariella Moro, UniNE (to be confirmed)
  • Pr Patrick Eugster Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (to be confirmed)

Experimental reproducibility is of primordial importance in several fields of research, including computer science. Despite so, it is far from trivial to reliably build software systems that can be tested under challenging environments. Consider a large-scale distributed system (e.g., a key-value store) over a public cloud infrastructure such as Amazon AWS. Its performance (e.g., latency, throughput) vary greatly through time, in unexpected (and sometimes hard to anticipate) manners. System deployers only found out about the unexpected behaviours once the systems are up & running, when perhaps they have to face unexpected service interruptions. This is particularly dauting when measurements done on one day differ greatly from the same ones executed, for instance, after some time by different team of researchers in (apparently) similar conditions. While emulators or software simulations provide partial insights, they clearly lack the benefits of real-life deployments.

This 1-day workshop will address practical aspects of evaluating the reliability and dependability of software systems, covering different facets of experimental reproducibility.

Students will be exposed to tools and best-practices to evaluate real-world systems built on top of de-facto standard echnologies (such as Docker and Google Kubernetes).


 The program is subject to change.

• 08h45-09h00 : welcome and introduction

• 09h00-10h00 : Speaker 1 (part 1)

• 10h00-10h15 : pause

• 10h15-11h15 : Speaker 1 (part 2)

• 11h15-11h30 : coffee break

• 11h30-12h30 : Speaker 2

• 12h30-14h00 : meal at the UniNE cantine (provided for registered CUSO members)

• 14h00-15h00 : Speaker 3 (TBA)

• 15h00-15h30 : pause

• 15h30-16h30 : Speaker 4 (TBA)

• 16h30 : wrap-up.


Further details will be announced later.




University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, room A-218


This 1-day activity will take place the 7th of November 2019 at the University of Neuchatel, UniMail building, Faculty of Science, room A-218. 



Deadline for registration 07.11.2019

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