The 7th International Workshop on Testing Database Systems (DBTEST) will be held as a half-day workshop within the arrangements of

Logo SIGMOD/PODS2018 ACM SIGMOD/PODS to be held in Houston, TX, USA,
on June 10th - June 15th, 2018.


With the ever increasing amount of data stored and processed, there is an ongoing need of testing database management systems but also data-intensive systems in general. Specifically, emerging new technologies such as Non-Volatile Memory impose new challenges (e.g., avoiding persistent memory leaks and partial writes), and novel system designs including FPGAs, GPUs, and RDMA call for additional attention and sophistication.

Reviving the previous success of the six previous workshops, the goal of DBTest 2017 is to bring researchers and practitioners from academia and industry together to discuss key problems and ideas related to testing database systems and applications. The long-term objective is to reduce the cost and time required to test and tune data management and processing products so that users and vendors can spend more time and energy on actual innovations.

The workshop focusses on the following topics:

  • Testing of database systems, storage services, and database applications
  • Testing of database systems using novel hardware and software technology (non-volatile memory, hardware transactional memory)
  • Testing heterogeneous systems with hardware accelerators (GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs, …)
  • Testing distributed and big data systems
  • Testing machine learning systems
  • War stories and lessons learned
  • Performance and scalability testing
  • Testing the reliability and availability of database systems
  • Algorithms and techniques for automatic program verification
  • Maximizing code coverage during testing of database systems and applications
  • Generation of synthetic data for test databases
  • Testing the effectiveness of adaptive policies and components
  • Tools for analyzing database management systems (e.g., profilers, debuggers)
  • Workload characterization with respect to performance metrics and engine components
  • Metrics for test quality, robustness, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • Operational aspects such as continuous integration and delivery pipelines
  • Security and vulnerability testing

Paper Submission

DBTest 2018 invites the submission of original contributions in the topics related to the workshop.

Timeline will be:

  •     Submissions due: March 16, 2018 11:59PM US EDT

  •     Notification of outcome: April 13, 2018 11:59PM US EDT

  •     Camera-ready due: April 27, 2018 11:59PM US EDT

Paper Submission by    Easy Chair


Steering Committee:


  • Alexander Böhm (SAP SE, Germany)
  • Tilmann Rabl (TU Berlin, Germany)

Program Committee

  • Sihem Amer-Yahia (IMAG)
  • Artur Andrzejak (Uni Heidelberg)
  • Renata Borovica-Gajic (The University of Melbourne)
  • Geoffrey Fox (Indiana University)
  • Leo Giakoumakis (Snowflake)
  • Vasia Kalavri (ETH Zürich)
  • Eric Lo (CUHK)
  • Stefan Manegold (CWI)
  • John Poelmann (IBM)
  • Meikel Poess (Oracle)
  • Danica Porobic (Oracle)
  • Anna Queralt (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
  • Norbert Ritter (Uni Hamburg)
  • Tiark Rompf (Purdue University)
  • Yogesh Simmhan (Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore)
  • Rekha Singal (TCS)
  • Markus Weimer (Microsoft)
  • Till Westmann (Couchbase)
  • Thomas Willhalm (Intel)
  • Jianfeng Zhan (Chinese Academy of Sciences)