›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (5): 851-860.doi: 10.1007/s11390-016-1668-9

Special Issue: Software Systems

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Roundtable: Research Opportunities and Challenges for Large-Scale Software Systems

Xusheng Xiao1, Jian-Guang Lou2, Member, ACM, IEEE, Shan Lu3, David C. Shepherd4, Xin Peng5, and Qian-Xiang Wang6, Member, CCF, IEEE   

  1. 1 NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, NJ 08540, U.S.A.;
    2 Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing 100080, China;
    3 Department of Computer Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, U.S.A.;
    4 ABB Corporate Research, Raleigh, NC 27606, U.S.A.;
    5 School of Computer Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 201203, China;
    6 School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2016-08-22 Revised:2016-08-23 Online:2016-09-05 Published:2016-09-05
  • About author:Xusheng Xiao is a researcher at NEC Laboratories America, Princeton. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from North Carolina State University, and was a visiting student in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. His research interests are in software engineering and computer security, with a focus on software testing, bug detection, mobile security, and system/enterprise security. His work in mobile security has been selected as one of the top ten finalists for CSAW Best Applied Security Paper Award 2015. His research has been presented at top-tier venues such as ICSE, FSE, ISSTA, ASE, USENIX Security, CCS, and VLDB.

For this special section on software systems, six research leaders in software systems, as guest editors for this special section, discuss important issues that will shape this field's future research directions. The essays included in this roundtable article cover research opportunities and challenges for large-scale software systems such as querying organizationwide software behaviors (Xusheng Xiao), logging and log analysis (Jian-Guang Lou), engineering reliable cloud distributed systems (Shan Lu), usage data (David C. Shepherd), clone detection and management (Xin Peng), and code search and beyond (Qian-Xiang Wang). — Tao Xie, Leading Editor of Software Systems.

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