Important Dates

Workshop: June 16-17, 2015

Paper submission: May 8, 2015

Paper acceptance: May 18, 2015

Camera-ready deadline, for selected full papers: October 1, 2015



Sixth Workshop on Big Data Benchmarking

The Sixth Workshop on Big Data Benchmarking (6th WBDB) will be held on June 16-17, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

Latest news:

  • was a big success, we hope to meet everybody again at
  • Updated program with slides online
  • Online registration is open until June 8
  • Keynote speakers announced: Tamer Özsu (University of Waterloo) and Anil Goel (SAP) will give keynotes
  • Deadline extended: paper submission is extended until May 8th
  • Draft program online
  • Hotel information online

Formed in 2012, the Workshop Series on Big Data Benchmarking has conducted five successful workshops, bringing together industry experts and the academic community towards the development of benchmarks for providing objective measures of the effectiveness of hardware and software systems dealing with big data applications.

These workshops have become a leading international forum for discussing and disseminating the latest trends, challenges, and ideas around big data benchmarking and related applications scenarios, in industry and research. Discussions initiated in these workshops have led to the creation of a formal TPC benchmark called, TPCx-HS (for Hadoop Systems). A new TPC working group, called TPC-BigBench, has also been established to develop the next TPC big data benchmark. Ideas for BigBench originated in the WBDB workshops. A SPEC Research Group on Big Data was also formed in October 2014, to discuss benchmarks that model "end-to-end" scenarios for big data, covering different data genres, e.g. graphs, streams, unstructured data, as well as structured records.

The 6th WBDB workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Ideas and proposals for TPC and SPEC-style benchmarks
  • Synthetic data generation; measurement and metrics
  • Benchmarking next-generation hardware systems
  • Graph analytics
  • New applications scenarios based on social media
  • Socio-cultural dynamics and applications to security and privacy

SPEC Research Group Annual Meeting

The workshop will include the Annual meeting of the SPEC Research Group on Big Data.

Paper Submission and Publication

  • Short abstracts—from 4 to 8 pages in length—must be submitted through the CMT system.
  • Papers should be formatted using the Springer LNCS Proceedings format.
  • Extended versions of selected papers will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series by Springer Verlag.

Selected papers from prior workshops have been published in Specifying Big Data Benchmarks, ISBN 978-3-642-53973-2, and Advancing Big Data Benchmarks, ISBN: 978-3-319-10595-6.

Student Poster Session

To encourage student participation, there will be a special Student Poster Session.

  • Posters may present results from studies related to big data benchmarking, or propose new ideas.
  • Students should either be sole authors or first authors of the poster.
  • Poster submissions have the same deadlines as regular papers, and will be subject to the same review process.
  • Registration fee will be waived for students with accepted posters.

Travel Support

Limited travel assistance will be available for students. Please contact Raghunath Nambiar ( for details.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please see Sponsorship Information for details.