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February 27, 2014

CMG 2014 Coming to Atlanta, Calling for papers, presentations, and workshops!

Filed under: Events — Semir Sarajlic @ 5:09 pm


(see the end of the post regarding the call for Workshops)

The Computer Measurement Group (CMG) calls for papers and presentations for the 40th International Conference to be held November 3-6, 2014.  The 2014 CMG conference will cover all areas of systems management, including but not limited to: capacity planning, IT service management, application performance management, performance engineering and testing, as well as the latest developments in the overall field of computer performance evaluation.

CMG is the source of unbiased and objective expert information and practical, real life experiences across all computing platforms in the computer industry for over 35 years.  Share your knowledge and experiences: write a paper and submit it for presentation at Performance and Capacity 2014 by CMG.

Submissions at all levels are welcome and encouraged.  We especially encourage papers on User Experiences.  All paper and presentation submissions will be evaluated through a blind peer-referee process, and will be categorized as Introductory, Tutorial, Advanced, or User Experience.  Mentors are available for writing assistance, and should be requested early in the writing process. Editorial assistance is provided for all accepted papers.

Primary subject areas for papers, for any and all platforms, are as follows:

Subject Areas

Suggested topics (but not limited to)

IT Service Management ITIL processes and IT Service Management, asset management, BPM, BAM, corporate governance (HIPAA, HEPA, SOX), CPM, dashboards, KPIs, customer SLAs, infrastructure performance management, SaaS, Cloud Computing, etc.
Capacity Planning Capacity management issues, trending and prediction, statistics, forecasting, simulation, analytic & hybrid modeling, server consolidation, wireless capacity, etc.
Application Performance Management Data collection and reduction, monitoring, performance databases, ad hoc reporting techniques, web performance, workload optimized systems, performance visualization. Tuning of performance parameters and programs for storage, operating system, networks, software products, applications, cloud, etc.
Performance Engineering & Testing Software Performance Engineering (SPE), simulation, benchmarking, creating appropriate test loads, conducting stress tests, and evaluating the results.
Industry & Professional Trends Cybersecurity, DevOps, Big Data, Mobile Computing, Emerging Technologies, Professional Development, etc.


Important Paper Submission Dates

Request for Mentor Due

May 23, 2014

Paper Abstract Due

June 16, 2014

Paper (Draft) Due

June 16, 2014

Referee Review Period

June 17 – July 14, 2014

Author Acceptance Notification

Mid – Late July, 2014

Editorial Review Period

August/September, 2014

Final Camera Ready Copy Due
Presentation Slides Due

September 15, 2014

October 6, 2014

Please note:  The Paper Abstract Due date is the date to submit an abstract or a brief summarization of your paper.  There is no acceptance process for abstracts and no acknowledgement will be sent; your abstract simply indicates your intent to submit a paper.  The Paper Due date is the deadline for submission to the referee process.  (Note that papers, which are submitted, as slides must include, detailed speaker’s notes.)  Once a paper is refereed, accepted, and edited, the final version is due on the Final Camera Ready Copy Due date.  This is also the date when the paper must have all updates, corrections or modifications approved and ready for publication in the CMG Proceedings.

CMG will also consider papers on topics and technologies that become available later in the year.  Such papers will be considered for acceptance on a case-by-case basis by the Program Committee.

CMG will continue to use the paper submission system called EDAS (  Instructions for using EDAS can be found at the following URL under “Author and Speaker Information”:


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kathy Steffens, CMG 2014 Program Chair –



IT professionals responsible for today’s computing environments know the only constant is change.  Today’s competitive advantage will quickly become tomorrow’s legacy liability.  To apply the latest techniques, improve your skills in performance optimization, software performance engineering, load testing, benchmarking, resource management, capacity analysis, simulation and modeling, and cost management, access to knowledge from industry leaders is no longer an option, but a requirement!

CMG is the primary source of expert computer performance knowledge, capturing the collective wisdom of the very best in the industry for over 35 years.  CMG calls for Workshops to be presented the first day of the 40th Annual International Conference being held November 3-6, 2014.  We ask for Workshops that focus not only on performance and capacity issues, but also on any technologies, disciplines, techniques, and approaches related to Systems Management or Information Systems.

Submissions in the areas of big data, cloud computing, performance visualization, mobile computing, and web performance are especially encouraged.  We are looking for “How To” workshops that explain how to apply popular tools and products to important performance & capacity tasks.  “How To” workshops are meant to educate performance professionals in the application of commercially available technology.

Submissions at all levels are requested: introductory, technical, managerial and leading edge.  We require PowerPoint slides with speaker’s notes prior to the conference, in time for publication in the workshop book.  Workshops are traditionally 3 hours in length, plus a 15 minute break.


Sample Subject Areas: z/OS, LINUX/Unix/Windows, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Virtualization, Storage, Managing Big Data, Network Performance, Web Performance, Database Performance, Wireless Capacity, Future Technologies, Executive Management, Load & Stress Testing, Software Performance Engineering, Simulation and Analytic Modeling, Applied Statistics & Forecasting, ITIL, ICCP, Performance Visualization, SaaS.


Critical Dates for Workshop Submission

Title & Abstract Due

June 8, 2014

Author Acceptance Notification

Late July, 2014

PowerPoint Copy Due

September 1, 2014

Camera Ready Final Copy Due

October 5, 2014


Please note:  The Title & Abstract Due date is the date to submit a brief idea or outline of your proposed workshop.  The PowerPoint Copy Due date implies that the workshop is nearly complete, and that the presentation is ready for review by a CMG-assigned editor.  The Camera Ready Final Copy Due date occurs after the presentation has been accepted, reviewed by an editor, re-submitted with any updates, corrections or modifications, and is ready for publication in the CMG Workshop Drive.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Kathy Steffens, CMG 2014 Program Chair –


XSEDE-14 in Atlanta!

Filed under: Events — Semir Sarajlic @ 3:06 pm

As you know, XSEDE is an NSF-funded digital services project that helps researchers and scientists do their work more effectively and efficiently. XSEDE allows for free access to some of the nation’s fastest supercomputers and most knowledgeable help staff.

Last summer’s XSEDE’13 saw more than 700 attendees from all 50 states and 14 countries attend the conference in San Diego. We expect more in Atlanta, especially with so many great area universities, colleges and institutions. With our theme “Engaging Communities,” we encourage both traditional users of digital resources (researchers, students, post-docs in traditional sciences)  and those who haven’t historically used these resources (humanities, economics, art). Students are strongly encouraged to participate and can find various ways to engage with the conference.

The Call for Participation is out and the first deadline is fast approaching: March 15 papers and abstracts are due. Visit here for more deadlines:

February 25, 2014

PC1 (Cygnus) filesystem woes

Filed under: tech support — Semir Sarajlic @ 11:47 pm

We’ve continued to have issues with the server, and we’ve now identified a networking issue tied to this server as well as a corrupted OS image.

The networking issue has be rectified, and I am installing a new software image onto this machine as I type this.

Despite the nature of the failure, we have not lost any of your already saved data — the drive units which house the OS are separate from the ones storing your data.

We should have this machine back in about a half hour.

February 17, 2014

Call For Papers – XSEDE14

Filed under: Events — admin @ 2:49 pm

Greetings all,

XSEDE14 is coming up soon, and has issued their call for participation.  Please note that this conference is being held in Atlanta!

Selected papers from all tracks will be invited to extend the manuscripts to be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal of Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience.  Papers accepted for the “Education, Outreach, and Training” track will be invited to extend the manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Computational Science Education.

Abstracts are due March 15.  Please see for further information.

February 14, 2014

Jobs Accidentally Killed

Filed under: tech support — rlara3 @ 10:52 pm

Dear users,

At least 1,600 queued and running jobs were accidentally killed last week by a member of the PACE-team, who was trying to clear out their own jobs. PACE-team accounts have elevated rights to certain commands, and the person who deleted the jobs did not realize that the command they were using would apply to more then just their own jobs.

If you have access to the iw-shared-6 queue, and were running jobs and/or had jobs queued earlier this week, this accident has likely impacted you.

Our deepest apologies for the unexpected and early job-terminations. We are re-evaluating our need to grant elevated permissions to our regular accounts, in order to prevent this from happening again

Thank you,
PACE team

February 6, 2014

Emergency reboot of compute nodes due to power/cooler outage

Filed under: tech support — Semir Sarajlic @ 8:40 pm

The Rich data center cooling system experienced a power outage today (2/6/2014) at around 9:20am when both the main and backup power systems failed requiring an emergency shutdown of all PACE compute nodes. We have since received confirmation from the operations team the room cooling is now stable but using the backup chillers while work proceeds to correct the problem. We are currently bringing the compute nodes back online as quickly as possible.

If you had queued jobs before the incident, they should start running as soon as sufficient number of compute nodes are brought online. However, all of the jobs running at the time of the failure are killed, and they need to be resubmitted. You can monitor the node status using ‘pace-stat’ and ‘pace-check-queue’ commands.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this failure have caused. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.


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