[hpc-announce] [Deadline Extended] Call for Papers - WoSC4 2018 : Fourth International Workshop on Serverless Computing

Vatche Ishakian vatchei at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 08:16:07 CDT 2018

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******* 4th WoSC 2018 Workshop *******
Fourth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2018
Between Dec 17 and 20.
Zurich, Switzerland.
Held in conjunction with the 11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on
Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2018) and 5th IEEE/ACM International
Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies (BDCAT

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
Cost models, pricing models, and economics of serverless
DevOps (customer side)
Other topics related to serverless computing

Important Dates

Paper Submission: September 14, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: October 08, 2018
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript: October 15, 2018
Early + author registration deadline: October 15, 2018
Conference: December 17-20, 2018

Papers and Submissions

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research/application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

Submitted manuscripts should be structured as technical papers and may not
exceed six (6) single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point size font
on 8.5x11 inch pages (IEEE conference style), including figures, tables,
and references.

Authors should submit the manuscript in PDF format. All manuscripts will be
reviewed and will be judged on correctness, originality, technical
strength, rigour in analysis, quality of results, quality of presentation,
and interest and relevance to the conference attendees. Papers conforming
to the above guidelines can be submitted through the paper submission
system https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wosc4 powered by

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 and will be made available online
through the IEEE Digital Library, as well as through the ACM Digital
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 manuscript.
Workshop co-chairs

Paul Castro, IBM Research
Vatche Ishakian, Bentley University
Stefan Junker, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Vinod Muthusamy, IBM Research
Aleksander Slominski, IBM Research

Steering Committee (tentative)

Roger Barga, Amazon Web Services
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
Claus Pahl, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Maciej Malawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Martin Garriga, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Theo Lynn, Dublin City University, Ireland
Višnja Križanović, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Lucas Nussbaum, LORIA, France
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