[hpc-announce] Call for Papers - WoSC 2019 Fifth International Workshop on Serverless Computing

Vatche Ishakian vatchei at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 20:08:46 CDT 2019

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Fifth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2019
December 9-13 at UC Davis, CA

Over the last four to five years, Serverless Computing (Serverless) has
gained an enthusiastic following in industry as a 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, including
Amazon Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions, IBM Cloud
Functions. This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to
discuss their experiences and thoughts on future directions of serverless

Serverless architectures offer different tradeoffs in terms of control,
cost, and flexibility compared to distributed applications built on an
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) substrate. For example, a serverless
architecture 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

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

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
Other topics related to serverless computing
Important Dates
Paper Submission: August 30, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: September 27, 2019
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript (Hard Deadline): October 18, 2019
Author registration deadline: TBD
Conference: December 9-13, 2019

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 ACM SIGPLAN style,
which can found on the ACM template page. Please note that it is
preferable, although not mandatory, to use a 10pt font instead of 9pt one..
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 powered by HotCRP (https://wosc19.hotcrp.com/).
All submitted manuscripts (following MIDDLEWARE conference requirements on
formatting and page limits) will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 program
committee members. Accepted papers with confirmed presentation will appear
in the conference proceedings as well as in the ACM Digital Library.

Workshop co-chairs
Paul Castro, IBM Research
Vatche Ishakian, Bentley University
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
Pedro Garcia Lopez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)
Tyler Harter, GSL, Microsoft
Višnja Križanović, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Wes Lloyd, University of Washington, Tacoma
Maciej Malawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Pietro Michiardi, Eurecom
Lucas Nussbaum, LORIA, France
Eric Rozner, University of Colorado Boulder
Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Rich Wolski, University of California, Santa Barbara

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