Release engineering deals with all activities in between regular development and delivery of a software product to the end user, i.e., integration, build, test execution, packaging and delivery of software. Although research on this topic goes back for decades, the increasing heterogeneity and variability of software products along with the recent trend to reduce the release cycle to days or even hours starts to question some of the common beliefs and practices of the field.
The RELENG workshop series aims to provide a highly interactive forum for researchers and practitioners in release engineering to: (1) make researchers aware of the challenges and research opportunities for modern release engineering, and practitioners of the latest research results; (2) share experiences with practical approaches, tools, methods and techniques that are enabling rapid, robust deployment, and (3) build and maintain connections between the different communities.
The RELENG 2015 workshop will consist of a keynote, practitioner talks, paper presentations, working groups and a fishbowl panel for semi-structured group discussions. Two keynotes, presented by industrial release engineers, will set the stage for the workshop, introducing the challenges of modern software companies related to release engineering. RELENG 2015 will also feature a poster session to allow researchers and practitioners to present, show-case, and discuss their most recent advances, experiences, and challenges in release engineering in an informal setting.
Since bringing together practitioners and researchers is the core goal of RELENG, one of the co-organizers is a release engineer at Mozilla and half of the PC consists of release engineers, so we guarantee that each paper or abstract submission receives at least one review from a practitioner.
Topics for papers, talks, and posters include but are not limited to:
- best practices for code movement (branching and integration)
- continuous integration and testing
- build and configuration of software
- build system maintenance
- testing and reporting infrastructures
- package and dependency management
- legal signoff and bill-of-materials
- delivery and deployment of software
- code signing and certificate management
- continuous delivery, deployment, installation and software update
- cloud provisioning and management
- interaction with app stores
- principles and automated techniques for release planning
- release engineering for product lines
- DevOps and interaction with regular development, maintenance, end user, etc.
- large-scale build and test farms
- multi-platform build and test
- feedback on continuous delivery and deployment
Technical Papers (4 pages) should identify challenges, discuss opposing viewpoints, outline processes, or present solutions related to various aspects of release engineering.
Talk Abstracts (500 words) are only open to practitioners and should describe in 500 words or less, a talk on a key aspect of release engineering. These talks should be primarily experience-based and should be used as a means of communicating challenges that are in need of research.
Submissions should conform to the ICSE 2015 template and should be submitted through easychair. Talk and poster abstract authors can organize the text into one or multiple sections, but it should be uploaded as a pdf (together with a 2 or 3 sentence summary in the easychair site's "abstract" box).