About BOSS

The workshop BOSS'18 will be held in conjunction with the

44th International Conference on
Very Large Data Bases
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • 27 August - 31 August 2018

Workshop Date
  August 27th, 2018

Following the great success of the first, second, and third Workshop on Big Data Open Source Systems (BOSS'15, BOSS’16, BOSS’17) collocated with VLDB 2015, VLDB 2016, and VLDB 2017, the fourth Workshop on Big Data Open Source Systems (BOSS'18) will again give a deep-dive introduction into several active, publicly available, open-source systems. The systems will be presented in tutorials by experts in the presented systems. The tutorials will give details on installation and non-trivial examples usage of the presented system.

The workshop will consist of tutorials, we will publish the tutorial proposals on the website and encourage the presenters to publish the tutorial resources. In the previous editions, we published slides and project websites. We would encourage proposers to engage participants in a hands-on quick jump start familiarity exercise for the system.


Tutorial flow diagram of the BOSS program
The workshop follows a novel massively parallel format. After a joint introduction, multiple parallel tutorial sessions are held. Each tutorial is 2 hours in length and will be repeated so that participants can attend two tutorials. Between the two tutorial sessions, a panel with the system experts will be held.

Program Outline:

9:00 - 9:15 Introduction
9:15 - 10:00 Flash Session
10:00 - 10:30 Tutorial Session 1 (Part 1)
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Tutorial Session 1 (Part 2)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 Panel Discussion
15:00 - 15:30 Tutorial Session 2 (Part 1)
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Tutorial Session 2 (Part 2)

Workshop Organization

Workshop Chair:

  • Beng Chin Ooi, National University of Singapore, ooibc@comp.nus.edu.sg
  • Meihui Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology, meihui_zhang@bit.edu.cn

Advisory Committee:

  • Michael Carey, UC Irvine
  • Volker Markl, TU Berlin

Selection Committee:

  • Guoliang Li, Tsinghua University
  • Tilmann Rabl, TU Berlin
  • Dimitris Tsirogiannis, Cloudera Inc.
  • Till Westmann, Couchbase
  • Reynold Xin, DataBricks

Call for tutorials
  • Important Date: Open until May 15.

    In order to propose a tutorial, please submit
    • a short abstract with a brief description of the system,
    • an outline of the planned tutorial,
    • the technology used for the hands on tutorial,
    • a list of presenters involved,
    • and a link to the website of your system

    to submission site: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/BOSS2018

Selection Process for Tutorials
There will be an open call for tutorials through dbworld and other channels. After a sanity check on the submissions making sure that they are complete and relevant, i.e., they are open source, publicly available, and big data related, the proposals will be evaluated by the committee for the system readiness, relevance, timeliness, and perceived interests from the conference participants.

Previous Editions

BOSS'15 in conjunction with VLDB 2015 on September 4, 2015.
For the first instance of the BOSS workshop, 8 diverse systems were chosen. The program consisted of 8 parallel tutorial sessions, which were repeated, and a panel between the repetitions. The 8 presented systems were: Apache AsterixDB, Apache Flink, Apache Reef, Apache Singa, Apache Spark, Padres, rasdaman, and SciDB.

BOSS'16 in conjunction with VLDB 2016 on September 9, 2016.
The workshop presented parallel tutorials by system developers. In this instance the systems were: Apache Flink, Apache SystemML, HopsFS and ePipe, LinkedIn's Open Source Analytics Platform, rasdaman, and Rheem.

BOSS'17 in conjunction with VLDB 2017 on September 1, 2017.
The workshop presented parallel tutorials by system developers. In this instance the systems were: Apache AsterixDB, Apache Flink, Apache Impala, Apache Spark, and TensorFlow.