[hpc-announce] Call for Workshops at the 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing in London, UK

Josef Spillner josef.spillner at tu-dresden.de
Mon Mar 24 04:01:07 CDT 2014

Call for Workshops: UCC 2014

7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing
8-11 December 2014 Hilton London Paddington

General Information

Cloud Computing promises to deliver computational resources on demand as
services that are  commoditised and delivered as in traditional utilities such
as electricity, gas, water and telephony. Utility with Cloud services can
already be achieved for compute, storage and communication resources but also
for hosted software and data. UCC is the premier IEEE/ACM conference covering
all areas related to Cloud Computing as a Utility. There is also increasing
interest from commercial providers to offer business and revenue models around
the services they offer. Understanding how these models could be used to
provide utility for both users, intermediary brokers (aggregators) and
providers will also be of interest for this conference.

This will be the 7th UCC in a successful conference series. Previous events
were held in Shanghai, China (Cloud 2009), Melbourne, Australia (Cloud 2010 &
UCC 2011), Chennai, India (UCC 2010), Chicago, USA (UCC 2012), and Dresden,
Germany (UCC2013). UCC 2014 happens while cloud providers worldwide add new
services and increase utility at an accelerated pace and is therefore of high
relevance for both academic and industrial research.

Important Dates

Workshop proposals and any enquiries should be sent by e-mail to the workshops
 Josef Spillner <josef.spillner (*) tu-dresden.de>
Proposals should be submitted in PDF format.

Workshop Proposals Due:       12   May      2014
Notification of Acceptance:   26   May      2014
URL of Workshop:              9    June     2014
Workshops:                    8-11 December 2014

Proposal Requirements

Proposals for workshops should be no more than 2 pages in length. This should
contain the following information.
(1) Title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying the 
and the technical issues that will be the focus of the workshop.
(2) A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.
(3) A list of related workshops or similar events held in the last 3 years, or
to be held in 2014.
(4) The names and contact information (web page, email address) of the 
technical program committee. This committee should consist of at least 10
people knowledgeable about the technical issues to be addressed and preferably
not more than two members of the same institution.
(5) A description of the qualifications of the organizers (who would be the
Workshop Chairs) with respect to organizing this workshop. This can include
papers published in the proposed topic area, previous workshop organization,
and other relevant information.


Workshop chair(s) will be responsible for the following:

(1) Producing a web page and a “Call for Papers/Participation” for their
workshop. The URL should be sent to the UCC-Workshops chairs. The call must
make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the Cloud, Big Data,
Grid and Cluster Computing community. It should mention that at least one
author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and that all
workshop participants must pay the UCC 2014 workshop registration fee as well
as the conference fee. Finally, it should also clearly describe the process by
which the Organizing Committee will select the participants.
(2) Ensure that all workshop papers are a maximum of 6 pages in length (in 
format). It is the responsibility of the workshop organizers to ensure that
this page limit has been adhered to. Additional pages may be purchased (in 
circumstances) subject to approval by the proceedings chair.
(3) Provide a brief description of the workshop for the conference web page 
(4) Selecting the participants and the format of the workshop. The publication
of proceedings will be by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference.
The acceptance notification (by workshop chairs) therefore should be the same
as “conference paper acceptance” notification (i.e. the dates should be the
same). All other details can be up to workshop organizers to set. Advertising
the workshop beyond the conference web page.
(5) Assistance in producing a camera-ready version of the workshop 

Important Note

(1) If the workshop is too small (i.e. does not attract enough submissions) 
UCC 2014 Organizing Committee may decide to merge that workshop with another.
So we encourage workshop organizers to attract a large community. In extreme
situations we may also cancel workshops if there are not enough submissions.

(2) Workshop organizers must ensure that suitable quality measures have been
taken to ensure that the accepted papers are of high quality. All papers must
be reviewed by an International Technical Program Committee with a minimum of 
reviews per paper. The workshop organizers should also try to observe an
acceptance rate that is no higher than 50%.

The UCC 2014 Conference Organizing Committee will be responsible for the 
• Providing a link to a workshop's local page.
• Providing logistics support and a meeting place for the workshop.
• In conjunction with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
• Providing copies of the workshop proceedings to attendees.

Topics of interest to the conference include (but are not restricted to):

• Big Data and Analytics
• Principles and theoretical foundations of Utility Computing, including
  pricing and service models
• Policy languages and Programming models
• Architectural models to achieve Utility in Clouds
• Designs and deployment models for Clouds: private, public, hybrid,
  federated, aggregated
• Cloud Computing middleware, stacks, tools, delivery networks and services
  at all layers (XaaS)
• Virtualisation technologies and other enablers
• Economic models and scenarios of use
• Scalability and resource management: brokering, scheduling, capacity
  planning, parallelism and elasticity, as well as marketplaces
• Cloud management: autonomic, adaptive, self-*, SLAs, performance models and
• Applications: games, social networks, scientific computing (e-science) and
• Mobile and energy-efficient use of Clouds
• Beyond technology: Cloud business and legal implications, such as security,
  privacy, trust and jurisdiction especially in Utility contexts

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