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Dipl.-Inform. Christoph Rathfelder

researcher (FZI)

Tel: +49 721 9654 630

Fax: +49 721 9654 631


FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Straße 10-14
76131 Karlsruhe

Room R 1.1.35

Research Interests

Main Research Interests

  • Software Performance Engineering
  • Software Architecture
  • Service-oriented and Event-based Systems
  • Component-based Software Engineering

Technology Domains

  • Distributed Component-based Systems
  • Service-oriented Systems
  • Virtualization and Cloud-Techology
  • Model-driven Development


Publications are listed on a separate page.

Selected Projects

  • Strategic Research on Service-Oriented Systems
    Founding member of the strategic research group on Service-Oriented Systems at the FZI
    European research project focusing on the management of Service-level Agreements (SLAs) and Quality-of Service (QoS) guarantees in virtualized infrastructures. (WP lead of the open Source demonstrator)
  • Palladio Simulator
    Architecture-level modelling and performance prediction tool for component-based systems. Extending the tool with support of event-based interactions and leading the development of graphical editors.
  • Performance Preductions with Palladio
    Industrial as well as academic tutorials and workshops on the applications of Palladio for Performance predictions.
  • MetASys
    Industrial Project developing a method for requirements specification and modelling for large-scal naval systems
  • TIME - Traffic Monitoring System
    Cooperation project with the University of Cambridge applying model-based performance prediciton to a distributed traffic monitoring system.
  • Performance Modeling of Storage Virtualization
    Project of the University of Karlsruhe with IBM Deutschland Research and Development GmbH
  • Workload-aware performance monitoring
    Cooperation project with the 1&1 Internet AG applying the Palladio approach to the 1&1 mail system.


I have been involved in the "Softwaretechnik 2" (software engineering 2) lecture (WS 1011 and WS 1112) responsible for real-time design patterns. I organized the seminar Software Certification and supervised several students in several seminars and practical courses.

Supervised Diploma Thesis as first Advisor:

  • Nikolaus Huber. Performance Modeling of Storage Virtualization. Diploma thesis, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Karlsruhe, Germany, April 2009. Awarded with Best Diploma Thesis Prize (N. Huber) from GFFT e.V. (Gemeinnützigen Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Forschungstransfers e.V.)
  • Stefan Becker, Performance-Modellierung des 1&1 Mail-Systems, Diploma thesis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, March 2011
  • Benjamin Klatt, Modelling and prediction of event-based communication in component-based architectures Diploma thesis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, May 2011. Awarded with Best Diploma Thesis prize in the category “Foundations of the Discipline” from ObjektForum Karlsruhe

Selected Reviewer and Conference Organization Activities

Reviewer Activities

  • 11th International Symposium on Component-Based Software Engineering 2008
  • 4th International Conference on the Quality of Software Architectures 2008
  • 2nd European Conference on Software Architecture 2008
  • 1st International Workshop on Model-Based Software and Data Integration 2008
  • 13th International Symposium on Component-Based Software Engineering 2010
  • 4th European Conference on Software Architecture 2008
  • First Joint WOSP/SIPEW International Conference on Performance Engineering 2010
  • 17th Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference 2010
  • Journal of Systems and Software, 2011
  • SPEC Research Tool Review, 2011
  • 9th International Workshop on Formal Engineering approaches to Software Components and Architectures 2012
  • 10th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture 2012

Organizing Activities

Memberships and Participations