[hpc-announce] CfP Special Issue on Future Virtualization, 2019

Carlos Reano C.Reano at qub.ac.uk
Mon Feb 4 11:05:13 CST 2019

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This special issue of Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), Elsevier calls for
submissions on all avenues of virtualization that affects future computing systems. The call
is open to all contributions, including technically sound research that produced negative results.

Prospective authors are encouraged to informally express their interest to the guest editors.

The special issue details are also available at JPDC website:


Carlos Reaño, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; c.reano at qub.ac.uk
Blesson Varghese, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; b.varghese at qub.ac.uk
Federico Silla, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain; fsilla at disca.upv.es


Virtualization is a widely used technology intended to enable efficient management of resources in
computing systems that range from small desktops and clusters to large facilities such as Cloud data
centers. This technology increases the utilization of the underlying hardware by offering multi-tenancy.
Furthermore, isolation among multiple users on the same resource is also provided, which is a mechanism
for effective deployment of workloads. On the other hand, virtualization is a platform to deal with heterogeneity
of resources. Consequently, the virtualization technology impacts the entire computing stack - the hardware,
middleware and application layers. Rapid advances in hardware acceleration, the drive towards efficiently
achieving exascale computing, harnessing the use of multiple and decentralized Clouds and opportunities in
decoupling physical and logical networks is paving way for significant innovation in the virtualization arena.
Virtualization may be used in many other domains and for many other purposes, some of them not even
thought yet. This special issue invites authors to submit original and innovative research articles that impact
any avenue of virtualization for future computing systems.


Topics of interest include all avenues of virtualization that affects future computing systems, but are not limited to:
- Platforms: Desktops, Clouds, Supercomputers, High-Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, micro data centers;
  for upcoming Fog/Edge computing and Internet-of-Things platforms
- Hardware: Processors, accelerators (GPUs, FPGAs, etc), memory, IO, network (SDN, NFV etc), storage
- Middleware: Hypervisor support for the above; Abstraction of heterogeneous resources; Extending existing
  functionalities; Novel API Remoting and Hypervisor abstraction approaches in accelerator virtualization; Scheduling
  of virtualized resources; Multi-tenancy and its benefits
- Technologies: Virtual machines, Containers, Unikernels; Frameworks dealing with any aspect of management, such
  as scheduling, live migration and orchestration; Support for multi-kernel approaches; Lightweight virtualization for
  resource constrained environments
- Systems: Programming languages and models to support virtualization; Approaches relying on virtualization for
  improving reliability, energy-efficiency, latencies, resource under-utilization, resource availability, application
  performance and fault tolerance
- Applications: Use of virtualization for traditional workloads on any platforms indicated above; Novel workloads in
  deep learning, mobile apps, IoT, smart cities, etc that rely on virtualization


- To submit a paper you must go to this website: https://ees.elsevier.com/jpdc and login with your credentials. In
  the “Choose Article Type” Box, you must choose the option “VSI: Future Virtualization'19”.
- Each manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter outlining the basic findings of the paper and their significance.
- If your manuscript is an extended version of a conference paper, then it must contain at least 50% new core content.
- Manuscripts should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, not including the title page, abstract, or references. Number
  all pages consecutively and organize the paper as follows:
- Title page (page 1). This page should contain the article title, authors’ names and complete affiliations, footnotes to the title,
  and the address for manuscript correspondence (including e-mail address and telephone and fax numbers).
- Abstract (page 2). The abstract must be a single paragraph that summarizes the main findings of the paper in less than 150 words.
- After the abstract a list of up to 10 keywords that will be useful for indexing or searching should be included.

Authors must read the guide for authors in the following link:

- Submission deadline – March 31, 2019
- Notification date – June 30, 2019
- Revisions due – August 15, 2019
- Final decision – November 1, 2019
- Camera ready – December 1, 2019
- Estimated publication date – Beginning of 2020

All deadlines are set to 11:59 p.m. anywhere on Earth


For more information about this special issue or if you have any question, please contact the guest editors at
c.reano at qub.ac.uk, b.varghese at qub.ac.uk or fsilla at disca.upv.es, or visit the following website:

On behalf of the Guest Editors
Carlos Reaño

Dr Carlos Reaño, http://go.qub.ac.uk/carlosreano
Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast, UK

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