28.07.2017 – New PhD: Simon Spinner

Simon Spinner received his PhD. Congratulations!

Die Dissertation von Dr. Milenkoski mit dem Titel „Evaluation of Intrusion Detection Systems in Virtualized Environments“, betreut von Prof. Kounev, erhält einen Promotionspreis der Unterfränkischen Gedenkjahrstiftung.

An article co-authored by Jóakim von Kistowski, Nikolas Herbst, Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev, and researchers from KIT and the University of Paderborn has been accepted for publication in the ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS) journal. The article is entitled "Modeling and Extracting Load Intensity Profiles".

The demonstration of the Autopilot tool by Jóakim v. Kistowski, Maximilian Deffner and the SPEC RG Power Working Group was recognized by the best demo/poster award at the International Conference on Performance Engineering 2017.

Piotr Rygielski received his PhD. Congratulations!

23.01.2017 – SeAC @ ICAC 2017

The 1st Workshop on Self-Aware Computing Systems (SeAC) co-located with ICAC 2017 will take place on July 17-18, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, USA and is organized by the Chair of Software Engineering (Informatik II) with Prof. Samuel Kounev and Nikolas Herbst serving as co-organizers.

A new book "Self-Aware Computing Systems" by Samuel Kounev, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Aleksandar Milenkoski and Xiaoyun Zhu has been published by Springer as a standalone advanced text book.

Aleksandar Milenkoski received his PhD. Congratulations!

24.09.2016 – A Milestone for DML

A new journal paper "Model-Based Self-Aware Performance and Resource Management Using the Descartes Modeling Language" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE). The Descartes Modeling Language (DML) is a major product of our group used in a number of projects.

An article in IEEE Computer Magazine summarizes the results of our DFG Emmy Noether Project "Descartes". A major output of this project was the development of the Descartes Modeling Language (DML), which provides a foundation for self-aware quality-of-service and resource management in modern IT systems and infrastructures.

Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev has decided to stay in Würzburg after receiving an offer for a Professorship position (Full Professor and Chair for Reliable Software Systems) at the University of Stuttgart.

The 13th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing took place in Würzburg from July 18th to July 22nd, 2016 and has been organized by the Chair of Software Engineering (Informatik II) with Prof. Samuel Kounev serving as General Chair.

Das Online-Magazin der Universität Würzburg berichtet über ein aktuelles Forschungsvorhaben des Lehrstuhl II: Wie können Unternehmen ihre Computersysteme so effizient wie möglich nutzen? Ein Team um Diplom-Informatiker Jürgen Walter und Professor Samuel Kounev will in dieser Frage eine Revolution in Gang setzen.

27.04.2016 – Report in TV News

A report about our research on data center energy efficiency was featured on German TV news.

A SPECtacular Award was presented to Aleksandar Milenkoski by the President of SPEC at the SPEC Annual Meeting 2016 in Freemont, California, USA.

Mit dem Google Research Award erhalten Professor Samuel Kounev und sein Wissenschaftlerteam einen hochdotierten Preis für ihre Forschung. Die Würzburger Informatiker setzten sich mit ihrem Projekt zur effizienteren Serverauslastung gegen 800 andere Bewerber aus 48 Ländern durch.

Unternehmen könnten Geld und Zeit sparen, wenn sich die Leistungsfähigkeit ihrer Software-Systeme in einem automatisierten Prozess abbilden ließe. An diesem Ziel arbeiten Informatiker unseres Lehrstuhls in Kooperation mit Forschern der ABB AG.

19.08.2015 – Google Research Award

The Chair of Software Engineering (Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev) is starting a new collaboration with Google as part of a Google Research Award on the topic of "On-the-fly resource demand estimation during system operation".

Dr.-Ing. Fabian Brosig received this year's Best Dissertation Award at KIT's (Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology) Faculty of Informatics, sponsored by Uniserv GmbH (2500 €), for his PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Samuel Kounev.

An article co-authored by Aleksandar Milenkoski, researcher at the Chair of Software Engineering, and Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev has been accepted for publication in ACM Computing Surveys. The article is entitled "Evaluating Computer Intrusion Detection Systems: A Survey of Common Practices".

An article co-authored by Simon Spinner, Fabian Brosig, and Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev has been accepted for publication in the Elsevier Performance Evaluation journal. The article is entitled "Evaluating Approaches to Resource Demand Estimation".

The Chair of Software Engineering made major contributions to a Technical Report on a research agenda for performance-oriented DevOps published by the SPEC as part of its ongoing collaboration with the SPEC RG DevOps Performance Working Group.

LIMBO, a tool for load intensity pattern modeling, is now part of the SPEC RG's tool repository. BUNGEE, a benchmarking framework for cloud elasticity, is now released under open source license. Both tools were presented at the 10th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS) 2015.

Rouven Krebs received his PhD. Congratulations!

New results originating from two successful collaborations with the SPEC OSG Power and with VMware, Inc. will be presented at IEEE MASCOTS 2015 and IEEE CLOUD 2015 respectively.

Im Rahmen des Programms „Großgeräte der Länder“ wird für die Forschung am Lehrstuhl II die Einrichtung eines Rechen- und Netzwerkclusters zum Aufbau von Cloud-Systemen durch das Land Bayern und die Universität Würzburg finanziert.

The Dagstuhl Seminar 15041 on "Model-driven Algorithms and Architectures for Self-Aware Computing Systems", co-organized by Prof. Samuel Kounev from Jan 18-23, brought together 45 international experts from the areas of software engineering, systems modeling & analysis, autonomic computing, and data center resource management. The presentations are available for download from the seminar website. The report on the seminar is now published.

Jóakim v. Kistowski, doctoral researcher at the Chair of Software Engineering (Informatik II), wins this year's GFFT Prize 2015 for Best Master Thesis, given by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Forschungstransfers e.V.

The RELATE Winter School on Engineering and Provisioning of Cloud Applications – Research and Entrepreneurship was successfully hosted by the Department of Computer Science. The event brought together Researchers and practitioners to share and present their experiences, discuss challenges, and report state-of-the-art and in-Progress Research in the area of cloud computing and service Engineering.

Qais Noorshams received his PhD. Congratulations!

The "RELATE" FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev, is organizing a “Winter School on Engineering and Provisioning of Cloud Applications – Research and Entrepreneurship” in Würzburg from February 17-20, 2015. The event is sponsored by the European Commission and is open to any interested participants from industry and academia (registration is free).

Our latest research on Load Testing Elasticity and Performance Isolation in Shared Execution Environments was presented at the Fourth International Workshop on Large-Scale Testing (LT 2015), co-located with the 6th International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2015). The presentation slides are available for download.

The Chair of Software Engineering (Prof. Dr. Samuel Kounev) has launched a new cooperation with ABB as part of an Academic Research Award awarded in the area of industrial software systems.

An overview of our tool chain ( was presented at the Symposium on Software Performance 2014 on November 27-28 in Stuttgart. Our poster on the LIMBO tool by Jóakim v. Kistowski and Nikolas Herbst was recognized by the best poster award at the symposium.

Liebe Studierende, der neue Lehrstuhl II – Software Engineering (SE) möchte sich vorstellen. Wir laden herzlich zu den SE Winter Days,

29.10.2014 – IEEE ICAC'15

The 12th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC'15), co-organized by Samuel Kounev as Program Committee Co-Chair, will be held in Grenoble, France, July 7-10, 2015. The paper submission deadline is January 22 (abstracts due on Jan 15).

The 16th GAMM-IMACS International Symposium on Scientific Computing, Computer Arithmetic and Validated Numerics (SCAN'14), organized by Prof. Wolff von Gudenberg as General Chair, was held at the University of Würzburg from 21st to 26th September, 2014 and attracted over 80 international researchers from more than 18 countries.

Our latest research on quantitative evaluation of service dependability in shared execution environments was presented at FLORENCE 2014 - a joint scientific event of QEST 2014, SAFECOMP 2014, FORMATS 2014, EPEW 2014 and FMICS 2014. The presentation slides are available for download.

23.08.2014 – New IEEE TSE Paper

A new journal paper on "Quantitative Evaluation of Model-Driven Performance Analysis and Simulation of Component-based Architectures" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE).

09.08.2014 – WirtschaftsWoche

An interview with Samuel Kounev on "Self-Aware Computing" (in German) in the WirtschaftsWoche Magazine.

Nikolaus Huber received his PhD. Congratulations!

Fabian Brosig received his PhD. Congratulations!

The 5th Multi-Skills Training Camp (MSTC) of the RELATE Marie Curie Initial Training Network, coordinated by Samuel Kounev, was held in the premises of the University of Rennes 1, France from 25 to 27 June 2014, and hosted by the Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique Research Centre.

Our latest results on resource usage control in multi-tenant applications will be presented at the 14th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid) in Chicago, USA.

14.05.2014 – SPEC Awards

The SPEC 2014 Presidential Award and a SPECtacular Award were presented to Samuel Kounev and Aleksandar Milenkoski by the President of SPEC at the ICPE 2014 International Conference and SPEC Meeting in Dublin, Irland.

Der Würzburger Nachwuchswissenschaftler Nikolas Herbst hat für seine laufende Doktorarbeit den IBM PhD Fellowship Award 2014 erhalten. Herbst forscht am Lehrstuhl für Informatik II; er beschäftigt sich mit der Entwicklung von Software-Systemen, die autonom auf veränderte Bedingungen reagieren können.

Software-Systeme, die drohende Probleme frühzeitig erkennen und ohne menschliches Eingreifen selbstständig die erforderlichen Maßnahmen ergreifen: Diese Vision verfolgt Samuel Kounev. Der Professor leitet seit Kurzem den Lehrstuhl für Informatik II an der Universität Würzburg.

Antrittsvorlesung von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Samuel Kounev (Lehrstuhl für Informatik II - Software Engineering)

Ingenieurmässige Entwicklung verlässlicher und effizienter Software-Systeme

mit anschließender Verleihung eines IBM-PhD-Fellowship-Award an Dipl.-Inform. Nikolas Herbst.

Die Liste der Veranstaltungen für das Sommersemester 2014 ist jetzt online.

Starting from April 1st, the Descartes Research Group (at KIT) has relocated to the University of Würzburg where a new Chair on Software Engineering is being established.

4th RELATE ITN Multi-Skills Training Camp held in London, October 9-11, 2013.

A new Dagstuhl Seminar on model-driven algorithms and architectures for self-aware computing systems co-organized by the Descartes Research Group has been tentatively scheduled.

Talk on online model-based performance and resource management in virtualized environments by Samuel Kounev at the 2013 VMware Academic Research Symposium.

Nikolas Herbst from the Descartes Research Group wins the FZI Best Diploma Thesis Prize

Two papers of the Descartes Research Group, one on storage systems modeling and one on performance prediction in virtualized environments, will be presented at IEEE MASCOTS 2013.

A new discussion provoking paper of the Descartes Research Group clarifies the confusion around the use of the term "elasticity" in cloud computing.

New article on "DMM Application Architecture Meta-Model", published in the Elsevier Science of Computer Programming Journal (SciCo), is now available.

04.06.2013 – Cloud Usage Patterns

A new textual and visual formalism for describing common cloud usage scenarios, the work on which has been driven by the Descartes Research Group, was published by SPEC RG.

A new cooperation of the Descartes Research Group with, one of the leading providers of cloud services, launched.

Qais Noorshams, Aleksandar Milenkoski, and Samuel Kounev from the Descartes Research Group recognized by SPEC's President for outstanding service to SPEC in 2012.

The proceedings of the International Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Services, co-organized by our group, are available online.

13.05.2013 – RELATE MSTC in Prague

The 3rd RELATE ITN Multi-Skills Training Camp took place at Charles University Prague (Czech Republic) from April 17th to 19th, 2013.

09.04.2013 – FORMAT-Workshop

Am Dienstag, 9. April 2013 findet im Übungsraum I des Informatikgebäudes der FORMAT-Workshop Frühjahr 2013 statt

Modelling Event-Based Interactions in Component-Based Architectures for Quantitative System Evaluation.

21.03.2013 – New Journal Article

New article on "Modeling Event-based Communication" is now available.

Nachdem am Lehrstuhl kurz vor dem Jahreswechsel die letzten inhaltlichen Aktualisierungen für den Glasmaster vorgenommen wurden, ist nun seit kurzem die neue HagerROM im Handel erhältlich. Die im Jahresrhythmus herausgegebenen HagerROM-DVDs erscheinen seit dem Jahr 2001 in Kooperation mit dem Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg. Diese für ein Software-Produkt schon recht lange Lebenszeit nimmt sich allerdings bescheiden aus gegenüber der Gesamtdauer des Hager-Projekts. Die ersten Bände von "Hagers Handbuch der Pharmazeutischen Praxis" wurden durch den Apotheker Hans Hermann Julius Hager beim Springer-Verlag in Berlin vor mehr als 135 Jahren publiziert.

07.02.2013 – SPECtacular Award 2012

Qais Noorshams receives SPECtacular Contributor Award 2012 from the Standard Performance Evaluation Coorporation (SPEC) for technical leadership.

Christoph Rathfelder received his PhD

Christoph Rathfelder from the Descartes Research Group (at SDQ) and FZI received his PhD. Congratulations!

11.12.2012 – RELATE ITN Workshop

Workshop on "Online Models for Quality-of-Service and Resource Management" organized by the Descartes Research Group.

A new survey article on network virtualization for QoS-Aware resource management in modern data centers available for download.

Simon Spinner from the Descartes Research Group (at SDQ) was awarded as the best graduate at the Faculty of Informatics at KIT for the year 2011/12.

Die Vorlesung beginnt am Montag, 29. Oktober 2012 um 9:15 Uhr im Seminarraum III

A new long-term cooperation of VMware, Inc. with the Descartes Research Group launched as part of a new VMware Academic Research Award.

25.07.2012 – RELATE ITN Workshop

Workshop on "Component-based Software Engineering" organized as part of the FP7 ITN Project RELATE

25.06.2012 – Informatik-Kolloquium

am Montag, 25. Juni 2012, 17:00 Uhr, Turing-Hörsaal


Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Maurer (Technische Universität Graz, Österreich)

Die Zukunft hat mehr Überraschungen für uns, als angenehm sein wird

03.06.2012 – GI Dagstuhl Seminar

The GI Dagstuhl Seminar 12211 on "QoS Attributes in Service- and Cloud-based Systems" co-organized by our group took place from May 20-25.

Objektforum Förderpreis

Benjamin Klatt and Qais Noorshams were recognized for their outstanding diploma theses by the ObjektForum Karlsruhe.

Der Springer-Verlag Heidelberg (Springer Science + Business Media) hat in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Lehrstuhl für Informatik II das Portal SpringerReference als neue Quelle für Wissenschafts- und Firmenbibliotheken entwickelt. Dies ermöglicht den Zugang zu "live"-Ausgaben der neuesten eReferences in jedem Fachgebiet, die ständig durch einen dynamischen und wissenschaftlich begutachteten Veröffentlichungsprozess aktualisiert werden.

The award was presented by SPEC President Walter Bays at the ICPE 2012 International Conference on April 25 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

A tutorial by the Descartes Research Group on Queueing Petri Nets presented at the ICPE 2012 International Conference is now available for download.

Two papers on the Descartes Meta-Model have been accepted for publication and will be presented at CompArch 2012.

The slides from a keynote talk on "Modeling of Event-based Communication in Component-based Architectures" presented at FESCA @ ETAPS 2012 are now available for download.

Daniel Funke and Fabian Gorsler were granted KIT Research Student Awards and will be funded to work on individual research projects at the Descartes Research Group.

16.03.2012 – "RELATE" ITN MSTC

The "RELATE" ITN 1st Multi-Skills Training Camp (MSTC) took place on March 13 to March 15 at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Fabian Brosig, Nikolaus Huber and Michael Kuperberg were awarded with the SPECtacular Award from SPEC's President in recognition for their outstanding contributions to SPEC in 2011.

06.02.2012 – Best practical course

The practical course "Performance von Anwendungen auf Cloud-Großrechner IBM z10" of summer term 2011 has been awarded as "Best Practical Course" of the faculty of informatics at KIT.

Kai Sachs wins SPEC Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation on “Performance Modeling and Benchmarking of Event-Based Systems”

Axel Busch, Nikolas Herbst und Kiana Rostami wurden als beste Mainframe-Praktikumsgruppe ausgezeichnet.

Wir gratulieren Stefan Selbach herzlich zu seiner glänzend absolvierten Disputation.

Christoph Föhrdes and Fabian Gorsler were awarded for their project ”DetOnBan: a Novel Approach for Detailed Online Banking and Bookkeeping“.

Two full papers of the Descartes Research Group have been accepted and will be published at IEEE/ACM ASE 2011.

Philipp Meier from the Descartes Research Group wins the FZI Prize "Best Diploma Thesis"

Michael Faber, Philipp Meier and Qais Noorshams awarded as best computer science graduates of the year 2010/2011.

Universitätsbibliothek und Informatik II digitalisieren die Handschriften der ehemaligen Würzburger Dombibliothek.

Universitätsbibliothek und Informatik II digitalisieren die Handschriften der ehemaligen Würzburger Dombibliothek.

A major new version of QPME (Queueing Petri net Modeling Environment), version 2.0, was released today and is now available under the terms of the Eclipse Public License (EPL) v1.0.

The paper "Evaluating and Modeling Virtualization Performance Overhead for Cloud Environments" by N. Huber, M. von Quast, M. Hauck, and S. Kounev received the Best Paper Award at CLOSER 2011.

The RELATE ITN Kick-Off Meeting took place on March 31 and April 1 at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The paper "Automated Simulation-Based Capacity Planning for Enterprise Data Fabrics" by S. Kounev, K. Bender, F. Brosig, N. Huber, and R. Okamoto received the Best Paper Award at SIMUTools2011.