[AISWorld] Call for Papers - Third International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC)

Vatche Ishakian vatchei at gmail.com
Tue Feb 6 21:15:32 EST 2018


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******* 3nd WoSC 2018 Workshop ********
Third International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2018
Between July 2nd (Sunday) and 7th (Friday) - the exact schedule will be
available soon.
San Francisco, CA, USA.
Held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Cloud
Computing (IEEE CLOUD 2018) affiliated with 2018 IEEE World Congress on
Services (IEEE SERVICES 2018)

Serverless Computing (Serverless) is emerging as a new and 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 within the last two years, including Amazon Lambda, Google Cloud
Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions, IBM Cloud Functions. There is,
however, little attention from the research community. This workshop brings
together researchers and practitioners to discuss their experiences and
thoughts on future directions.

Serverless architectures offer different tradeoffs in terms of control,
cost, and flexibility. For example, this 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 environment.

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

Topics: 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
* Benchmarks
* Cost models, pricing models, and economics of serverless
* DevOps (customer side)
* Other topics related to serverless computing

Important Dates:

Paper Submission: February 21, 2018 (Extended Deadline)
Notification of Acceptance: March 22, 2018
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript Due: April 6, 2018

Papers and Submissions:

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research/application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

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 program
committee members. Accepted papers (from both tracks and workshops) with
confirmed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings published
by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Submitted papers will be limited to 8 (IEEE Proceedings style) pages and
REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template. Submitted
Work-in-Progress Papers will be limited to 4 (IEEE Proceedings style)
pages. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the page limit may not be
reviewed. Electronic submission of manuscripts (in PDF format) is required.
Please download the paper template in WORD or LaTeX.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the IEEE CLOUD 2018 Paper
Submission/Review System powered by EasyChair.org. Full-length papers
should be submitted to the Research Track; and short papers be submitted to
the Work-in-Progress Track. When submitting a full-length paper, one should
select serverless workshop (single choice).


All papers will be reviewed by the same program committee to ensure quality
and consistency.

For a paper submitted the Workshop Chair(s) will decide whether the paper
be accepted or recommend to the Work-in-Progress Track for further

Review policy:

IEEE Policy and professional ethics require that referees treat the
contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be
disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with
access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of the
special knowledge, which that access provides. Contents of abstracts
submitted to conference program committees should be regarded as privileged
as well, and handled in the same manner. The Conference Publications Chair
shall ensure that referees adhere to this practice.

Organizers of IEEE conferences are expected to provide an appropriate forum
for the oral presentation and discussion of all accepted papers. An author,
in offering a paper for presentation at an IEEE conference, or accepting an
invitation to present a paper, is expected to be present at the meeting to
deliver the paper. In the event that circumstances unknown at the time of
submission of a paper preclude its presentation by an author, the program
chair should be informed on time, and appropriate substitute arrangements
should be made. In some cases it may help reduce no-shows for the
Conference to require advance registration together with the submission of
the final manuscript.

Workshop co-chairs

Paul Castro, IBM Research
Vatche Ishakian, Bentley University
Vinod Muthusamy, IBM Research
Aleksander Slominski, IBM Research

Steering Committee (tentative)

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
Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)
Tyler Harter, GSL, Microsoft
Pietro Michiardi, Eurecom
Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College
Rodric Rabbah, IBM Research
Rich Wolski, University of California, Santa Barbara

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