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Second Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Upgrades

Tudor Dumitras, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Iulian Neamtiu, University of California, Riverside
Eli Tilevich, Virginia Tech

Actively-used software must be upgraded continuously to ensure its utility and safety. However, recent studies and a large body of anecdotal evidence suggest that, in practice, software upgrades are failure-prone and can lead to outages, data corruption or latent errors. These problems create a significant burden for organizations due to the associated downtime and high administrative costs.

We aim to leverage and expand on the success of HotSWUp I (organized at OOPSLA'08), which featured four research-paper tracks and focus-group discussions and attracted a large and diverse audience. This year, we propose a workshop aiming to identify cutting-edge research ideas for implementing software upgrades, based on synergies among the domains of software engineering, programming languages and systems, and to foster inter-disciplinary discussions and collaboration. We solicit position papers, from both academic researchers and industry practitioners, presenting novel techniques and providing empirical evidence related to the practical implementation of software upgrades.

Details on how to participate in this workshop can be found at: http://www.hotswup.org
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