2020 International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems

July 21 - 22, 2020
Virtual Event
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and for the health and safety of our attendees, the 2020 International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS’20) will now be a virtual event.
SPECTS’20 is an annual conference whose goal is to provide a forum for professionals and researchers to discuss and disseminate the most promising contributions on performance evaluation of computer and telecommunication systems. Papers describing results of theoretic and/or practical significance are solicited. Experimental, modeling, analysis, and simulation studies as well as testbed deployment, field trials and experiences gained are all in the scope of the conference. Work presenting novel performance evaluation methods or providing insights on design and runtime tradeoffs are particularly encouraged.



SPECTS 2020 is pleased to be co-locating with the 2020 Summer Simulation Conference (SummerSim’20). SummerSim’20 is a premier annual international conference by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS).


Important Dates

Tutorial Proposals: May 22, 2020 (Extended)
Paper Submission: May 22, 2020 (Extended)
Author Notification: June 15, 2020 (Extended)
Camera-Ready Paper Submission: July 6, 2020 (Extended)



Gabriel A. Wainer, Ph.D.

Presentation Title: Modeling and Simulation of Cellular Networks: Formalizing the Models

Presentation Abstract: Modeling and Simulation methods have been used to better analyze the behavior of complex physical systems and it is now common to use simulation as a part of the technological discovery process. Formal M&S appeared in order to try to improve the development task of very complex simulation systems. Some of these techniques proved to be successful in providing a sound base for the development of discrete-event simulation models, improving the ease of model definition and enhancing the application development tasks, reducing costs and favoring reuse.

This is particularly important in the development of computer networks. Future mobile networks should provide high data rate services for their customers regardless of their location. This is a challenging task, specifically for the users in the edge of the cell’s area. To overcome this problem, Long Term Evolution Advanced introduced Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) and other advanced techniques were introduced. In this talk, we will present different methods developed recently for the next generation of mobile networks, based on CoMP and other techniques. We discuss different M&S techniques employed, and new results obtained that show that these methods can improve the performance for end users.

We will discuss Upload User Collaboration (UUC); an algorithm can be combined with CoMP to enhance the upload performance of cell-edge users.

We will then discuss new methods to improve the performance of video traffic in cellular networks. We present different algorithms that combine Device-to-Device (D2D) communication, introduced by the Long Term Evolution-Advanced standard (LTE-A). We present two algorithms for improving the throughput of video transmission in cellular networks. The algorithms are called Cached and Segmented Video Download (CSVD), and DIStributed, Cached, and Segmented video download (DISCS).

Biography: FSCS, SMIEEE, received the M.Sc. (1993) at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Ph.D. (1998, with highest honors) at the Université d’Aix-Marseille III, France. In July 2000 he joined the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON, Canada), where he is now Full Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. He has held visiting positions at the University of Arizona; LSIS (CNRS), Université Paul Cézanne, University of Nice, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, Université de Bordeaux (France); UCM, UPC (Spain), University of Buenos Aires, National University of Rosario (Argentina) and others. He is the author of three books and over 400 research articles; he edited four other books, and helped organizing numerous conferences, including being one of the founders of the Symposium on Theory of Modeling and Simulation, SIMUTools and SimAUD. Prof. Wainer was Vice-President Conferences and Vice-President Publications and is a member of the Board of Directors of the SCS. Prof. Wainer is the Special Issues Editor of SIMULATION, member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Computing in Science and Engineering, Wireless Networks (Elsevier), Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (SCS). He is the head of the Advanced Real-Time Simulation lab, located at Carleton University’s Centre for advanced Simulation and Visualization (V-Sim). He has been the recipient of various awards, including the IBM Eclipse Innovation Award, SCS Leadership Award, and various Best Paper awards. He has been awarded Carleton University’s Research Achievement Award (2005, 2014), the First Bernard P. Zeigler DEVS Modeling and Simulation Award, the SCS Outstanding Professional Award (2011), Carleton University’s Mentorship Award (2013), the SCS Distinguished Professional Award (2013), SCS Distinguished Service Award (2015), Nepean’s Canada 150th Anniversary Medal (2017), ACM Recognition of Service Award (2018), IEEE Outstanding Engineering Award (Ottawa Section – 2019), He is a Fellow of SCS.

Submission Guidelines

For all submissions, unless noted otherwise in their guidelines, go to: https://www.softconf.com/sim/SPECTS20/

General Technical Papers

Current templates supplied by IEEE must be used. Submissions should not exceed 8 two-column, 8.5×11″ pages (including figures, tables, and references) in 10 point fonts. Please include 5-10 keywords, complete postal and e-mail address, and fax and phone numbers of the corresponding author. If you have difficulties with electronic submission, please contact Technical Program Co-Chairs or the Local Arrangement Chair.

Best Paper Awards

All accepted papers will be evaluated for a best paper award based on originality and technical contribution by an external commission.


SPECTS 2020 is soliciting proposals for tutorials (max 2 hours) to be held in conjunction with the conference. Tutorials should address established as well as new emerging research topics and practical applications in the area of performance evaluation of computer and telecommunication systems. Tutorials should present a comprehensive overview of the state of the art and outline open research and technical challenges. Proposals for tutorials should be sent to the Tutorial Chair. Tutorial abstracts along with keynote speeches’ abstracts will be included in the proceedings of the conference.

A tutorial proposal should contain the following information:

  • Tutorial title
  • Names, titles, affiliations and contact details of the presenters
  • Preferred duration
  • Extended abstract
  • Short description of the intended audience and prerequisite knowledge of the attendees (if any)
  • Short bio of the presenters

The extended abstracts of the tutorials will be included in the conference proceedings. Tutorial proposals should be submitted for review in a single PDF file — not exceeding five pages — electronically to https://www.softconf.com/sim/SPECTS20/.

Virtual Venue

SPECTS’20 will now be a virtual event. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Organization Committee

Honorary Chair: Mohammad S. Obaidat, KASIT, Univ. of Jordan, Jordan
General Chair: Malamati Louta, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
Program Co-Chairs: Joaquín Entrialgo, University of Oviedo, Spain and George Karetsos, University of Thessaly, Greece
Tutorial Chair: Maria Calzarossa, University of Pavia, Italy
Publication Chair: John Vardakas, Iquadrat, Spain
Webmaster: Antonio Bueno, University of Girona, Spain

Steering Committee

Franco Davoli, Univ. of Genoa, Italy
Pascal Lorenz, Univ. of Haute Alsace, France
Mohammad S Obaidat, Fordham Univ., USA (Chair)
Jose L. Sevillano, Univ. of Seville, Spain
Helena Szczerbicka, Leibniz Univ. of Hannover, Germany
Laurence Yang, St. Francis Xavier Univ., Canada

Technical Program Committee

Efthimios Alepis, Univ. of Piraeus, Greece
Ala’a Al-Habashna, Carleton Univ., Canada
Igor Bisio, Univ. of Genoa, Italy
Christian Callegari, Univ. of Pisa, Italy
Vicente Casares-Giner, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Minas Dasygenis, Univ. of Western Macedonia, Greece
Franco Davoli, Univ. of Genoa, Italy
Tomaso De Cola, DLR, Germany
Joaquín Entrialgo, Univ. of Oviedo, Spain
Peppino Fazio, Univ. of Calabria, Italy
Luca Foschini, Univ. of Bologna, Italy
Daniel Garcia, Univ. Of Oviedo, Spain
Carlo Giannelli, Univ. of Ferrara, Italy
Mary Grammatikou, National Technical Univ. of Athens, Greece
Fabrizio Granelli, Univ. of Trento, Italy
Carlos Guerrero, Univ. de les Illes Balears, Spain
Helen Karatza, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
George Karetsos, TEI of Thessaly, Greece
Baha Uddin Kazi, Carleton Univ., Canada
Zbigniew Kotulski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology, Poland
Udo Krieger, Univ. of Bamberg, Germany
Sanja Lazarova-Molnar, Univ. of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Alejandro Linares-Barranco, Univ. of Seville, Spain
Pascal Lorenz, Univ. of Haute Alsace, France
Malamati Louta, Univ. of Western Macedonia, Greece
Imadeldin Mahgoub, Florida Atlantic Univ., USA
Mario Marchese, Univ. of Genoa, Italy
Alvaro Marco, Univ. of Zaragoza, Spain
Luisa Massari, Univ. of Pavia, Italy
Pierre Olivier, Univ. of Manchester, UK
Ibrahim Onyuksel, Northern Illinois Univ., USA
Yahya Osais, King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Elena Pagani, Univ. di Milano, Italy
Georgios L. Stavrinides, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
Daniele Tessera, Catholic Univ. of Sacred Heart, Italy
George Tsihrintzis, Univ. of Piraeus, Greece
Iraklis Varlamis, Univ. of Athens, Greece
Manuel Villen-Altamirano, Univ. of Malaga, Spain
Gabriel Wainer, Carleton Univ., Canada
Bernd Wolfinger, Univ. of Hamburg, Germany

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