[hpc-announce] The second workshop on "Serverless computing for pervasive cloud-edge-device systems and services" (*LESS) - PERCOM 2022

Adel N. Toosi Adel.N.Toosi at monash.edu
Sun Oct 16 18:13:29 CDT 2022

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Dear colleagues,

The second workshop on "Serverless computing for pervasive cloud-edge-device

systems and services" (*LESS) to be hosted together with the next

PerCom (March 13-17, 2023 - Atlanta, GA, USA).

*LESS is a unique opportunity to challenge the current serverless

design and platforms with issues specific to decentralized and

pervasive systems, applications, and services.

The workshop will help to raise awareness on serverless and

FaaS in the PerCom community and attract serverless experts from

the networking, virtualization, and cloud computing areas.

--> SUBMIT your 6-page paper by Nov 14 at https://edas.info/N30137

The full call for papers is below.

Stay tuned at: https://starless.iit.cnr.it/

Best regards,

Claudio Cicconetti, Pablo Serrano, & Adel N. Toosi

*LESS'23 organizers


Complete call-for-papers


Despite the commercial success, there are several open research

challenges in the area of serverless/FaaS such as the handling of

stateful functions, support for function composition patterns beyond

simple chaining, how to exploit data locality or the mitigation

of cold-start effects.

Furthermore, the rise in popularity of serverless/FaaS has led many

researchers in the community to wonder whether this concept can be

applied also outside of cloud computing. Internet of Things (IoT)

applications could benefit from the FaaS programming model, but

they are usually deployed on edge systems, which adds several

challenges: there is no single entry point for all function

invocations, hardware-software configurations are heterogeneous,

or the mapping of advanced AI patterns (e.g. federated learning)

is unclear.

*LESS'23 solicits research contributions in the following areas:

+ Pervasive applications and services. Serverless is becoming the

de facto standard for deploying new mobile applications, but the

opportunities that can be unlocked by this paradigm in relation to

pervasive applications and services have not yet been fully explored.

+ Pervasive deployments. The application of serverless to edge

systems and opportunistic computing on user devices is a thriving

research area, which may enable new applications that today cannot

be realized or boost the adoption of applications that today have

scalability issues with traditional tools.

+ Distributed computing. The FaaS programming model is a powerful

abstraction, which already today fits many applications of business

interest. It is, however, unclear whether the abstraction is

sufficient for most or all pervasive applications relying on some

form of distributed computing (e.g., management of the state of


+ Pervasive networking. Serverless platforms rely on an underlying

abstraction of the network, which is designed and optimised for

relatively small data transfers, but pervasive applications and

systems may be more data-intensive.

+ Pervasive analytics. Many pervasive applications rely on AI/ML

for automated detection and decision-making. The role of serverless

and FaaS in this domain has not been defined yet, even though they

can promise significant benefits in terms of simpler management and

automatic scaling.

+ Energy Efficiency. The stateless, event-driven, and distributed

mindset triggered by serverless could make it suitable for the

adoption in edge computing, where low-power hardware and energy

harvesting technologies are key enablers for scenarios such as

remote areas.


Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

- Serverless comp. in edge, fog, and cloud architectures

- Serverless comp. for pervasive systems, apps, and services

- Protocols for distributed serverless comp.

- Serverless comp. in emerging communication patterns (6G)

- Function-as-a-service (FaaS) for pervasive applications

- AI and ML with/for serverless comp.

- Perf. eval. of serverless comp. in pervasive scenarios

- Modelling, analysis, and simulation of pervasive systems using

  serverless comp.

- Prototypes and real-life experiments involving serverless comp.

  for pervasive systems

- Technical-economic analysis of serverless/FaaS for pervasive

  comp. business cases


Submission due:            * November  14, 2022*

Notification of acceptance: *January    5, 2023*

Camera-ready due:           to be announced

Workshop date:              *March 13||17, 2023 [TBD]*


Papers must be in PDF format and contain 6 pages maximum (including

references), but also shorter submissions are welcome. Papers should

contain names and affiliations of the authors (not blinded). All

papers must be typeset in double-column IEEE format using 10pt fonts

on US letter paper, with all fonts embedded. Submissions must be

made via EDAS:


The IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as related

information can be found on the IEEE Computer Society website.

*LESS will be held in conjunction with IEEE Percom 2023. All accepted

papers will be included in the Percom workshops proceedings and

included and indexed in the IEEE digital library Xplore. At least

one author will be required to have full registration in the

Percom 2023 conference and present the paper during the workshop

(either remotely or in location).
On behalf of the organizers,
*Dr Adel N. Toosi*

*Monash University *Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity
Faculty of Information Technology
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