An introductory, 2-hour tutorial on BeepBeep will be presented in an international conference in Hong Kong, next November.
ICECCS is an A-ranked international conference by the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia (CORE) 2018 ranking.
Event logs and event streams can be found in software systems of very diverse kinds. For instance, workflow management systems and ERP platforms produce event logs in some common format based on XML. Financial transaction systems also keep a log of their operations in some standardized and documented format, as is the case for web servers such as Apache and Microsoft IIS. Network monitors also receive streams of packets whose various headers and fields can be analyzed. Recently, even the world of video games has seen an increasing trend towards the logging of players’ realtime activities. In other words, most of today's complex systems produce a trace of their execution, whose content ---and value--- is often overlooked.
Analyzing the wealth of information contained in these logs can serve multiple purposes. Business process logs can be used to reconstruct a workflow based on a sample of its possible executions; financial database logs can be audited for compliance to regulations; suspicious or malicious activity can be detected by studying patterns in network or server logs. However, the available tools to process logs or streams of events are often large systems that are hard to setup, and even simple examples seem needlessly complicated.
In this tutorial, the audience will learn about BeepBeep, a versatile Java library intended to make the processing of event streams (either offline or in realtime) both fun and simple. BeepBeep is the result of more than a decade of research lead by a team at Laboratoire d'informatique formelle at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Canada). Over the past few years, BeepBeep has been involved in a variety of case studies, and provides built-in support for writing domain-specific languages. Recently, a complete textbook has been published on BeepBeep, testifying to the maturity that the system has acquired.
Starting from basic concepts, this step-by-step tutorial will lead the audience through a variety of concrete use cases where event logs can be processed, analyzed, and provide actionable information about complex systems. Possible examples will include:
This tutorial shall prove interesting in two respects. First, there are more available examples than the time allows, and the audience will be asked to choose which ones they want to explore with the presenter.
Second, an interesting feature of BeepBeep is that all code examples have an appealing and colorful graphical representation (see Figure above), which provides an intuitive way of understanding what is happening "under the hood". Participants shall leave this tutorial with a good preliminary knowledge of the potential of log analysis and event stream processing in various fields, which may lead them to try these techniques on their own complex systems.
Please contact Sylvain Hallé for any question related to the contents of the tutorial.
Sylvain Hallé, Ph.D. is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada, since 2010, and is the current holder of the Canada Research Chair on Software Specification, Testing and Verification. He earned his Ph.D. from Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, and has been a postdoctoral research fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara. Both an ACM and IEEE senior member, Pr. Hallé has won multiple awards in international conferences for his research on software testing and formal methods. The team he leads at Laboratoire d'informatique formelle has produced a number of free software tools that directly apply the results of his research.
In addition to the BeepBeep event stream processing engine, let us mention Cornipickle, an automated testing tool for web interfaces, and LabPal, an environment for streamlining the execution of computer experiments and their inclusion within research papers.
Over a carrer spanning fifteen years, he has authored more than a hundred scientific publications, which, according to Google Scholar, have been cited close to 600 times in the last five years.
Pr. Hallé has earned a reputation for his fun and lively presentations at international events over the years. You can have a look at some of the slide decks from past talks on his Slideshare page.
Laboratoire d'informatique formelle
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada