Columbia University, New York
JUNE 14-18, 2010

Call For Papers: GreenMetrics 2010 Workshop

GreenMetrics 2010 Workshop
Held in conjunction with SIGMETRICS/Performance 2010
June 14, 2010 - Columbia University, New York

Global climate change is a topic of increasing importance in modern society. The primary objective of this workshop is to explore how improvements to or new uses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can reduce the environmental impact of ICT and non-ICT processes. The workshop will provide a forum for discussions on methods to reduce the environmental impact of ICT systems, networks and applications. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to explore how ICT applications or services can reduce the environmental impact of existing non-ICT processes (e.g., quantify the reduction in carbon emissions from using tele-presence services instead of travel).

This workshop is intended to bring together researchers from the (traditional) SIGMETRICS community with researchers and practitioners in relevant areas, to exchange technical ideas and experiences on how to lessen the environmental impact of ICT. Improvements should be quantified in terms of sustainability metrics such as reductions in carbon emissions and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Improvements in sustainability should ideally also demonstrate that acceptable Service Level Agreements (SLAs) can be maintained. This workshop will serve as a forum for the SIGMETRICS community to apply general measurement, analysis and modeling techniques to this important area.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Measurement and evaluation of the sustainability of existing ICT systems
  • Definition and demonstration of useful sustainability metrics
  • Methods that systematically improve the efficiency of existing ICT systems
  • Tools that facilitate the design of more sustainable ICT systems
  • Development of models that pertain to the sustainability of ICT systems
  • Case studies of efforts to improve the sustainability of production ICT systems
  • Use of ICT systems to improve the sustainability of existing non-ICT processes
  • Software engineering for systematically improving the sustainability of ICT systems

In all of the above topics, ICT systems includes applications and services supported by ICT infrastructure. We believe that it is important to provide a medium for researchers and organizations to share insights and lessons learned as steps are taken towards improving sustainability, and strongly encourage submissions presenting research involving large-scale ICT systems such as entire data centers or enterprise-scale applications.

An award will be presented for the best student paper

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: May 3, 2010 (HARD deadline)
  • Author Notification: May 17, 2010
  • Final versions due for workshop: May 31, 2010
  • Workshop: June 14, 2010

Submission guidelines

Papers must not exceed five double-column pages in the standard ACM format ( Submissions must be submitted electronically in printable PDF form, via the EDAS system ( The EDAS system requires you to register the title and abstract of your paper before you can upload the manuscript of the paper. The deadline for the final version of submissions is May 3, 2010, 23:59 EST.


  • Organizing Committee:
    Martin Arlitt, HP Labs and University of Calgary
    Niklas Carlsson, University of Calgary
    Jerry Rolia, HP Labs
  • Program Committee
    Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
    Virgilio Almeida, Federal University of Minas Gerais
    Paul Barford, University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Abhishek Chandra, University of Minnesota
    Gyorgy Dán, Royal Institute of Technology
    Derek Eager, University of Saskatchewan
    Alexandra Fedorova, Simon Fraser University
    Joe Hellerstein, Google
    Jeff Kephart, IBM
    Diwakar Krishnamurthy, University of Calgary
    Jim Larus, Microsoft
    Anirban Mahanti, NICTA
    Guillaume Pierre, Vrije Universiteit
    Amip Shah, HP Labs
    Joel Sommers, Colgate University
    John Stanley, Uptime Institute
    Christopher Stewart, Ohio State University
    Jia Wang, AT&T Research
    Adam Wierman, Caltech