WoSC 2020 : Sixth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC6) 2020

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Conference Information

Submission Deadline Monday 28 Sep 2020 Proceedings indexed by :
Conference Dates Dec 7, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020
Conference Address TU Delft, Netherlands
Conference & Submission Link https://www.serverlesscomputing.org/wosc6/cfp/
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Conference Call for Papers

Sixth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC6) 2020

Part of [1]ACM/IFIP International Middleware Conference, Dec 7-11,


The workshop will take place in TU Delft, Netherlands.

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

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. In

particular Kubernetes gained in 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 of Kubernetes and add new capabilities such

as supporting event-driven serverless cloud-native applications. This

workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss their

experiences and thoughts on future directions of serverless research.

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 environment.

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


* 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 14, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: September 21, 2019

Final Camera-Ready Manuscript (Hard Deadline): October 10, 2019

Author registration deadline: TBD

Conference: December 7-11, 2020

Papers and 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 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 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 16, 2020.

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


Workshop co-chairs

Paul Castro, IBM Research

Pedro García López, University Rovira i Virgili

Vatche Ishakian, Bentley University

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

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)

Tyler Harter, GSL, Microsoft

Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)

Wes Lloyd, University of Washington Tacoma

Višnja Križanović, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Maciej Malawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Pietro Michiardi, Eurecom

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, Apache OpenWhisk

Eric Rozner, University of Colorado Boulder

Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Rich Wolski, University of California, Santa Barbara


1. http://2020.middleware-conference.org/

2. http://serverlesscomputing.org/wosc6/

3. https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template

4. https://wosc6.hotcrp.com/

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