Building the Infrastructure Memex: VU on Operational Data Analytics in the 21st Century

Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 03:30 pm (CET) | Room: S.2.69 | Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Alexandru Iosup | University Research Chair and Full Professor at the Vrije University of Amsterdam

Abstract: Our society has turned digital: From science to business, from online shopping to online gaming, from education to government, digital applications depend every moment on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure. To pilot this infrastructure and navigate through it, we need detailed information and decision-making support, provided on-time, cheaply, and reliably. (We briefly argue non-data-driven approaches are currently unable to cope with real conditions.) In this talk, we argue that Operational Data Analytics (ODA) can provide these capabilities, with advances not only in monitoring and observability, but also in data sourcing and ontology mapping, data cleaning and filtering, data characterization and modeling, and process management. Furthermore, we argue a digital twin, capable of simulating both the current conditions and making long-term predictions, should be integrated with the ODA system – providing an advanced form of A – to help with resource management and scheduling, pipeline optimization, energy awareness, general system tuning, capacity planning, etc. We present a reference architecture for ODA, a partial analysis of the state of the art, and experience with data collection and its use in the digital twinning of datacenters. This work aligns with and benefits from collaboration with the SPEC RG Cloud Group and, among others, the EU Graph-Massivizer project, and the OffSense and 6G Future Network Services projects in the Netherlands.

Bio: Alexandru Iosup is a full professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and the chair of the VU research group Massivizing Computer Systems and the VU Computer Science Honours Programme. He is also co-chair of the national IPN SIG on Future Computer Systems and Networking and elected chair of the international SPEC-RG Cloud Group. His fascination for massivizing distributed systems and ecosystems across the digital computing continuum, with applications in cloud computing, big data and graphs, scientific and business-critical computing, and the metaverse, has received prestigious recognition, including membership in the (Young) Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Netherlands, the Netherlands ICT Researcher of the Year award, and a Ph.D. from TU Delft. These accompany over 200 publications, and numerous open science FAIR artifacts such as software and datasets and archives, with high scientific and technical impact. Further, dr. Iosup’s leadership and innovation in education led to various awards, including the prestigious Netherlands Higher Education Teacher of the Year. He has also received a knighthood for cultural and scientific merits. Contact Alexandru at or visit

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Towards zero-waste computing by co-design

Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 08:30 am (CET) | Room: S.2.37 | Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Ana Lucia Varbanescu | Assoc. Prof. Dr. ir. at the University of Twente and University of Amsterdam

Abstract: “Computation” has become a massive part of our daily lives: in science, a lot of experiments and analysis rely on massive computation, in AI we use vast resources to train and use massive models, and in engineering we use complex simulations and digital twins to increase efficiency and productivity. Under the assumption that computation is cheap, and time-to-result is the only relevant metric, we often use significant computational resources at low efficiency. In this talk, I argue this approach is an unacceptable waste of computing resources, and demonstrate we can do better! By means of a couple of case-studies, I will show how performance engineering can be used for zero-waste computing, proving how efficiency and time-to-result can be happily married. I will further propose a co-design methodology that leverages such performance engineering methods to enable the selection of algorithms _and_ their effective deployment on suitable infrastructure. The approach relies on design-space exploration, driven by efficient search methods and compositional performance models. I will conclude by reflecting on the next steps and open questions that need answers to make this co-design approach feasible and applicable for more applications and systems.

Bio: Ana Lucia Varbanescu holds a BSc and MSc degree from POLITEHNICA University in Bucharest, Romania. She obtained her PhD from TU Delft, The Netherlands, and continued to work as a Postdoc researcher in The Netherlands, at TU Delft and VU University in Amsterdam. She is a MacGillavry fellow at University of Amsterdam, where she was tenured in 2018 as Associate Professor. Since 2022, she is Professor at University of Twente, The Netherlands. She has been a visiting researcher at IBM TJ Watson (2006, 2007), Barcelona Supercomputing Center (2007), NVIDIA (2009), and Imperial College of London (2013).  She has received several national grants (including a personal Veni grant) and she is a co-PI for the Graph-Massivizer EU project. Ana’s research stems from HPC, and investigates the use of heterogeneous systems for high-performance applications, with a special focus on performance and energy efficiency modeling for both scientific and data-intensive applications. Her latest research focuses on zero-waste computing and model-based systems co-design.


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NEWS aus dem FTF Vorstand

Wir möchten Sie gerne über die Neuigkeiten in unserer Vereinsführung informieren

Wie am 28.Februar 2024 im Rahmen der alljährlichen Sitzungen offiziell beschlossen wurde, kommt es zu einem Wechsel im Vorstand des Fördervereines.

Frau Letter und Herr Hellwagner legen ihre Funktionen im Vorstand mit Anfang 2024 zurück, Herr Timmerer wechselt von der Position des Geschäftsführers in die Funktion des 3. Obmann-Stellvertreters (Nachfolge Herr Hellwagner).

Wir möchten uns im Namen des gesamten Fördervereines und der Technischen Fakultät bei Frau Letter, Herrn Timmerer und Herrn Hellwagner für ihren langjährigen Einsatz, die tatkräftige Unterstützung und ihr Engagement im Förderverein der TEWI bedanken und wünschen ihnen für all ihre zukünftigen Aufgaben und Vorhaben alles Gute!


Bilder: Danksagungen an Margit Letter, Christian Timmerer und Herrmann Hellwagner von Seiten des Vereines (durch Obmann Michael Kollienz) und der Fakultät (durch Prodekan Bernhard Rinner)


Wir sind die NEUEN!

Die Agenden der Geschäftsführung von Herrn Timmerer und Frau Letter wurden von Herrn Gerhard Leitner und Frau Katharina Werdinig übernommen.

Das neue Führungsteam bestehend aus Obmann Michael Kollienz, Geschäftsführer Gerhard Leitner und Katharina Werdinig als Kassierin und stellvertretende Geschäftsführerin, freut sich auf die neue Aufgabe, ist voller Tatendrang und Motivation und möchte die Übernahme des Vereines zum Anlass nehmen auch ein paar neue Ideen zu dessen Ausrichtung zu entwickeln. Dies steht beispielsweise in Zusammenhang mit aktuellen Entwicklungen in der IT wie Industrie 4.0 oder KI, aber auch gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen wie Fachkräftemangel oder Pensionierungswelle der „Baby-Boomer“, welche auch die IT stark betreffen.

In diesem Kontext werden neue Ideen entwickelt, um die Mitglieder (sowohl institutionelle, als auch persönliche und studentische) auf verschiedenen Ebenen noch besser zu servicieren und hinsichtlich der genannten Herausforderungen zu unterstützen.


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Supervisory control of business processes

Friday, March 15, 2024 | 10:00 am (CET) | Room: S.2.69 | Universität Klagenfurt

Matteo Zavatteri | Assistant Professor  in computer science at the Department of Mathematics of University of Padua, Italy

Abstract: A recent direction in Business Process Management studied methodologies to control the execution of Business Processes under several sources of uncertainty in order to always get to the end by satisfying all constraints. Current approaches encode business processes into temporal constraint networks or timed game automata in order to exploit their related strategy synthesis algorithms. However, the proposed encodings can only synthesize single-strategies and fail to handle loops. To overcome these limits I will discuss a recent approach based on supervisory control. The approach considers structured business processes with resources, parallel and mutually exclusive branches, loops, and uncertainty. I will discuss an encoding into finite state automata and prove that their concurrent behavior models exactly all possible executions of the process. After that, I will introduce tentative commitment constraints as a new class of constraints restricting the executions of a process. Finally, I will discuss a tree decomposition of the process that plays a central role in modular supervisory control.

Bio: Matteo Zavatteri is assistant professor in computer science at the Department of Mathematics of University of Padua, Italy. He received a master degree in engineering and computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Verona (ITALY).

His research interests are in the fields of formal methods, discrete event systems, supervisory control, temporal reasoning, artificial intelligence, and business process management. Currently he works in the iNEST (Interconnected Nord-Est Innovation Ecosystem) project, which is a project supported with 110M€ by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, funded by the European Union in the NextGenerationEU plan. In such a project he develops neuro-symbolic approaches for digital twins.

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