About BOSS

The workshop BOSS'17 will be held in conjunction with the

43rd International Conference on
Very Large Data Bases
Munich, Germany • 28 August - 1 September 2017

Workshop Date
  September 1st, 2017

The Third Workshop on Big Data Open Source Systems (BOSS'17) at this year's VLDB will give a deep-dive introduction into several active, publicly available, open-source systems. The systems will be presented in hands-on tutorials by experts and developers. The tutorials will give details on installation, loading data, running specific workloads, and non-trivial example usages. To this end, the participants will get hands on experience to perform all the operations themselves. A large variety of systems participated in the previous instances of the workshop (Apache AsterixDB, Apache Flink, Apache Reef, Apache Singa, Apache Spark, Apache SystemML, Gobblin, HopsFS & ePipe, Padres, rasdaman, Rheem, SciDB).

There will be an open call for tutorials and a public vote on the proposed tutorials.


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.

Workshop Organization

Workshop Chair:

  • Tyson Condie, UCLA, tcondie@cs.ucla.edu
  • Tilmann Rabl, TU Berlin, rabl@tu-berlin.de

Advisory Committee:

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

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

    In order to propose a tutorial, please email
    • 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 boss@dima.tu-berlin.de
  • Public vote: will be open for two weeks until June 15.

  • Accepted presenters: will be notified by June 30.
Selection Process for Tutorials
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 workshop will use an open voting process similar to the Hadoop Summit. Thereby we will ensure that the tutorials that are most interesting to a broad audience will be chosen, and that they will be attended by many people.

Previous Editions

BOSS'15 in conjunction with VLDB 2015 on September 4, 2015.

BOSS'16 in conjunction with VLDB 2016 on September 9, 2016.