[hpc-announce] CFP: Third International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2018 in San Francisco in conjunction with IEEE CLOUD 2018 affiliated with 2018 IEEE World Congress on Services

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Tue Feb 6 19:20:24 CST 2018

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******* 3nd WoSC 2018 Workshop ********
Third International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2018
Between July 2nd (Sunday) and 7th (Friday) - the exact schedule will
be available soon.
San Francisco, CA, USA.
Held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Cloud
Computing (IEEE CLOUD 2018) affiliated with 2018 IEEE World Congress
on Services (IEEE SERVICES 2018)http://serverlesscomputing.org/wosc3

Serverless Computing (Serverless) is emerging as a new and compelling
paradigm for the deployment of cloud applications, and is enabled by
the recent shift of enterprise application architectures to containers
and micro services. Many of the major cloud vendors, have released
serverless platforms within the last two years, including Amazon
Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions, IBM Cloud
Functions. There is, however, little attention from the research
community. This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners
to discuss their experiences and thoughts on future directions.

Serverless architectures offer different tradeoffs in terms of
control, cost, and flexibility. For example, this requires developers
to more carefully consider the resources used by their code (time to
execute, memory used, etc.) when modularizing their applications. This
is in contrast to concerns around latency, scalability, and
elasticity, which is where significant development effort has
traditionally been spent when building cloud services. In addition,
tools and techniques to monitor and debug applications aren't
applicable in serverless architectures, and new approaches are needed.
As well, test and development pipelines may need to be adapted.
Another decision that developers face are the appropriateness of the
serverless ecosystem to their application requirements. A rich
ecosystem of services built into the platform is typically easier to
compose and would offer better performance. However, composing
external services may be unavoidable, and in such cases, many of the
benefits of serverless disappear, including performance and
availability guarantees. This presents an important research
challenge, and it is not clear how existing results and best
practices, such as workflow composition research, can be applied to
composition in a serverless environment.

Authors are invited to submit research papers, experience papers,
demonstrations, or position papers.
The latest version of this CFP is available at

Topics: this workshop solicits papers from both academia and industry
on the state of practice and state of the art in serverless computing.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
* Infrastructure and network optimizations for serverless applications
* Debugging serverless applications
* Programming models
* Use cases, experiences
* Benchmarks
* Cost models, pricing models, and economics of serverless
* DevOps (customer side)
* Other topics related to serverless computing

Important Dates:

Paper Submission: February 21, 2018 (Extended Deadline)
Notification of Acceptance: March 22, 2018
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript Due: April 6, 2018

Papers and Submissions:

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished
research/application papers that are not being considered in another

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 program
committee members. Accepted papers (from both tracks and workshops)
with confirmed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings
published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Submitted papers will be limited to 8 (IEEE Proceedings style) pages
and REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template.
Submitted Work-in-Progress Papers will be limited to 4 (IEEE
Proceedings style) pages. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the
page limit may not be reviewed. Electronic submission of manuscripts
(in PDF format) is required. Please download the paper template in
WORD or LaTeX.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the IEEE CLOUD 2018 Paper
Submission/Review System powered by EasyChair.org. Full-length papers
should be submitted to the Research Track; and short papers be
submitted to the Work-in-Progress Track. When submitting a full-length
paper, one should select serverless workshop (single choice).

All papers will be reviewed by the same program committee to ensure
quality and consistency.

For a paper submitted the Workshop Chair(s) will decide whether the
paper be accepted or recommend to the Work-in-Progress Track for
further consideration.

Review policy:

IEEE Policy and professional ethics require that referees treat the
contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be
disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one
with access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of
the special knowledge, which that access provides. Contents of
abstracts submitted to conference program committees should be
regarded as privileged as well, and handled in the same manner. The
Conference Publications Chair shall ensure that referees adhere to
this practice.

Organizers of IEEE conferences are expected to provide an appropriate
forum for the oral presentation and discussion of all accepted papers.
An author, in offering a paper for presentation at an IEEE conference,
or accepting an invitation to present a paper, is expected to be
present at the meeting to deliver the paper. In the event that
circumstances unknown at the time of submission of a paper preclude
its presentation by an author, the program chair should be informed on
time, and appropriate substitute arrangements should be made. In some
cases it may help reduce no-shows for the Conference to require
advance registration together with the submission of the final

Workshop co-chairs

Paul Castro, IBM Research
Vatche Ishakian, Bentley University
Vinod Muthusamy, IBM Research
Aleksander Slominski, IBM Research

Steering Committee (tentative)

Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University
Dennis Gannon, Indiana University & Formerly Microsoft Research
Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)

Program Committee (tentative)

Gul Agha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Azer Bestavros, Boston University
Flavio Esposito, Saint Louis University
Rodrigo Fonseca, Brown University
Ian Foster, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University
Dennis Gannon, Indiana University & Formerly Microsoft Research
Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)
Tyler Harter, GSL, Microsoft
Pietro Michiardi, Eurecom
Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College
Rodric Rabbah, IBM Research
Rich Wolski, University of California, Santa Barbara
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