[hpc-announce] [Deadline Extension: September 9] CFP: Eighth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC8)

Vatche Isahagian vatchei at gmail.com
Fri Aug 26 21:32:52 CDT 2022

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Eighth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC8) Part of
ACM/IFIP Middleware 2022.

WoSC8 will be hybrid this year with both virtual and on-location formats.
Please note that while hybrid formats will be supported for workshops, the
Middleware ’22 steering committee wants the main conference to be held in
in-person only. Prospective attendees of the workshop should keep this in
mind if they plan to attend both WoSC8 and Middleware ‘22.

Over the last seven 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 microservices. Many
of the major cloud vendors have released serverless platforms, including
Amazon Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions, IBM Cloud
Functions. Open source projects are gaining popularity in providing
serverless computing as a service.

Recently, Kubernetes gained popularity in enterprise and in academia.
Several open source projects such as OpenFaaS and Knative aim to provide
developers with serverless experience on top of Kubernetes by hiding
low-level details. Auto-scalable multi-tenant Kubernetes deployments like
Google Cloud Run or IBM Code Engine also overcome previous limitations of
Serverless Functions like duration, networking, and higher granularity
(more vCPUs).

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 is 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

As this year the workshop is virtual and we are looking not only for
research papers, experience papers, demonstrations, or position papers but
also for live presentations of ongoing work, demonstrations, and anything
else that may be interesting to workshop audience.

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
     * Debugging serverless applications
     * Programming models
     * Use cases, experiences
     * Benchmarks
     * Cost models, pricing models, and economics of serverless
     * DevOps
     * Other topics related to serverless computing

Important Dates

   Paper Submission: *September 9, 2022 (extended)*
   Notification of Acceptance: September 23, 2022
   Final Camera-Ready Manuscript (Hard Deadline): October 3, 2022
   Non-paper submissions (demos and other proposals): November 10, 2022
   Author registration deadline: TBD
   Conference: November 7-11, 2022

Papers submissions

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

   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 be found on the ACM template page. The page limit
   contains all the content, including bibliography, appendix, etc.

   Submitted papers must adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM
   SIGPLAN style, which can be found on the [3]ACM template page. The font
   size has to be set to 10pt.

   Note that submissions must be double-blind: authors’ names must not
   appear, and authors must make a good faith attempt to anonymize their

   The Middleware conference organizers will provide companion proceedings
   including all workshop papers, which will be available in the ACM
   Digital Library. This is subject to the availability of their
   camera-ready papers by October 10, 2021.

   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

   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

Other submissions

   Authors are invited to submit proposals for demos and other
   presentations that are not papers.

   Proposals must be submitted as short abstracts (not longer than one
   page) in PDF format using the paper submission system HotCRP

   Accepted presentations will not be part of the conference proceedings
   but will be part of the workshop agenda with dedicated time for live
   presentation (with video backup), questions etc.

Workshop co-chairs

   Paul Castro, IBM Research
   Pedro García López, University Rovira i Virgili
   Vatche Ishakian, IBM Research
   Vinod Muthusamy, IBM Research
   Aleksander Slominski, IBM Research

Steering Committee

   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
   Tyler R. Caraza-Harter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
   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)
   Volker Hilt, Bell Labs (Nokia)
   Alexandru Iosup, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
   Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)
   Ali Kanso, Microsoft
   Višnja Križanović, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
   Wes Lloyd, University of Washington Tacoma
   Maciej Malawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
   Lucas Nussbaum, LORIA, France
   Maciej Pawlik, Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET of the University of
   Science and Technology in Cracow
   Per Persson, Ericsson Research
   Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College
   Rodric Rabbah, Nimbella and Apache OpenWhisk
   Eric Rozner, University of Colorado Boulder
   Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
   Rich Wolski, University of California, Santa Barbara

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