[hpc-announce] Journal of Software: Practice and Experience (CORE Rank A, CCF Rank B, IF=3.2) – Special Issue on Efficient Management of Microservice-based Systems and Applications

徐敏贤 mx.xu at siat.ac.cn
Wed Nov 9 03:47:22 CST 2022

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Efficient Management of Microservice-based Systems and Applications

Software: Practice and Experience


Deadline: December 31, 2022


Dear Colleagues:

We cordially invite you to share your latest research results by submitting your manuscript to the Wiley Journal of Software: Practice and Experience Special Issue on "Efficient Management of Microservice-based Systems and Applications".




Microservice architecture has shifted the traditional monolithic applications into loosely-coupled, light-weight, and self-contained microservice components, which aims to provide high environmental consistency, operating system distribution portability, and resource isolation. Existing mainstream cloud service providers (e.g. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Alibaba) have prevalently adopted microservices in their infrastructures for automated application management and optimized system performance. To handle the automation of the deployment, maintenance, auto-scaling, and networking of microservice, efficient management of microservice-based systems and applications is proposed as an essential research problem.

The efficient management approaches should be able to ensure the quality of services of multiple microservices units (containers) and grant more control over individual components. However, the highly dynamic and diverse features of microservice applications and environments considerably raise the complexity of efficient management approaches. Each microservice unit can be deployed and operated independently for different functionalities and business objectives. Moreover, the microservices can interact with each other and collocate as a whole application through light-weight communication methods. The growing scale of the microservice-based system and the dynamic inter-dependencies between microservices incur the problem of load distribution and resource management at the infrastructure level.

For cloud service providers who needs to simultaneously handle hundreds or thousands of microservice units, a refined and robust resource management approach is the key factor in controlling overall resource utilization, energy efficiency, and application performance. In addition, under the surge of cloud workloads in terms of resource demands, bandwidth consumption, and quality of service requirements, the traditional cloud computing environment is extended to fog and edge infrastructures that are close to end users. Consequently, this also requires the current microservice management approaches to be further enhanced in response to the rising resource heterogeneity, application distribution, workload characterization, security requirement, and scalability assurance across hybrid cloud infrastructures.

The special issue encourages researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to design and develop innovative theories, models, algorithms, and software systems for efficient management of microservice-based applications and systems to address the aforementioned challenges. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

   Workload characterization methods for microservice

   Performance monitoring and modelling of microservices

   Microservice inter-dependency analysis

   Anomaly detection and recovery of microservice-based systems

   Task scheduling for microservice applications

   Efficient management of microservice in hybrid clouds, e.g. cloud-edge

   Energy-aware resource management for microservice applications and systems

   Multi-dimensional performance optimization in container orchestration

   Machine learning based container orchestration engine

   Hybrid scaling approach for microservice

   Efficient migration of containers

   Efficient management through sound software engineering principles for modularization and scale

   Software design, architectures and patterns for microservices

   Automated testing and regression testing of microservices

   Automated software maintenance and evolution approaches for microservices

   Middleware for managing microservices-based systems

   Self-* approaches for automatic management of microservices-based systems

   Search-based software engineering approaches for dynamic management of microservices

   Industrial cases and experience reports for managing large-scale microservices

   Artifacts and simulation toolkits for managing microservices

Special Issue Paper Submission

This special issue invites submissions that present new and innovative ideas. It also welcomes submission of extended versions of the best selected papers presented in the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications (IEEE ScalCom-2022 - http://www.ieee-smart-world.org/2022/scalcom/index.php). All submissions including invited papers will undergo the regular peer review process. Priority will be given to the manuscripts that present novel and original work for the “first” time in SPE. Submission of “extended version” of published conference should contain a significant number of “new and original” ideas/contributions with more than 50% brand “new” contents. If you are submitting an extended version, you must submit a cover letter/document detailing (1) the "Summary of Differences" between the SPE paper and the earlier paper, (2) a clear list of "new and original" ideas/contributions in the SPE paper (identifying sections where they are presented), and (3) confirming the percentage of new material, and (4) the original conference paper. Otherwise, the submission will be "desk" rejected without being reviewed.

While submitting a paper to this issue, please select “SPE-SI_Microservice-2022” in the submission system.

Regular Issue Submission

If you have a paper on the management of traditional cloud computing applications and virtual machines, which does not match the scope of this Special Issue, we encourage you to submit it as a regular paper to Software: Practice and Experience.

Important Dates

Submission due date: December 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2023

Submission of final manuscript: June 30, 2023

Publication date: 3rdQuarter, 2023 (Tentative)

Guest Editors

A/Prof. Minxian Xu (Lead Editor), Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Email: mx.xu at siat.ac.cn

Prof. Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Email: dustdar at dsg.tuwien.ac.at

Prof. Massimo Villari, University of Messina, Italy. Email: massimo.villari at unime.it

Prof. Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia. Email: rbuyya at unimelb.edu.au

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