[ecoop-info] [CfP] ACP4IS at AOSD 2010

Daniel Lohmann daniel.lohmann at informatik.uni-erlangen.de
Mon Nov 9 22:57:18 CET 2009

        9th AOSD Workshop on Aspects, Components, and Patterns
                 for Infrastructure Software (ACP4IS)

                            March 16, 2010
                    Rennes and Saint Malo, France


        A one-day workshop to be held in conjunction with the
                   9th International Conference on
           Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD'10),
      March 15 -- March 19, 2010, Rennes and Saint Malo, France


The importance of "systems infrastructure" software - including
application servers, virtual machines, middleware, compilers, and
operating systems - is increasing as application programmers demand
better and higher-level support for software development. Vendors
that provide superior support for application development have a
competitive advantage. The software industry as a whole benefits as
the base level of abstraction increases, thus decreasing the need
for application programmers to continually "reinvent the wheel".

These trends, however, mean that the demands on infrastructure
software are increasing. More and more features and requirements are
being "pushed down" into the infrastructure, and the developers of
systems software need better tools and techniques for handling these
increased demands. The design and implementation of systems-level
software presents unique opportunities and challenges for AOSD
techniques. These challenges include the need to address the
inherent complexity of infrastructure software; the need for strong
assurances of correct and predictable behavior; the need for maximum
run-time performance; and the necessity of dealing with the large
body of existing systems software components.

This workshop aims to provide a highly interactive forum for
researchers and developers to discuss the application of and
relationships between aspects, components, and patterns within
modern infrastructure software. The goal is to put aspects,
components, and patterns into a common reference frame and to build
connections between the software engineering and systems

This year's workshop puts special focus on the challenges in
system's programming introduced by multi-core platforms. As
hardware-supported parallelization becomes mainstream, there is an
increasing pressure on systems infrastructure to exploit this new
parallelism to its fullest. However, the non-modular nature of
parallel execution, and the numerous levels at which parallelism can
be achieved (application, systems infrastructure, hardware or even a
combination) make it hard to come up with an intuitive, yet
efficient parallel architecture. We solicit novel ideas and
experience reports on this emerging research area.

Other suggested topics for position papers include, but are not
restricted to:

- Approaches that combine or relate component-, pattern-, and
   aspect-based techniques

- Dimensions of infrastructure software quality including
   comprehensibility, configurability (by implementers),
   customizability (by users), reliability, evolvability,
   scalability, and run-time characteristics such as performance and
   code size

- Merits and downsides of container-, ORB-, and system-based
   separation of concerns

- Architectural techniques for particular system concerns, e.g.,
   security, static and dynamic optimization, and real-time behaviour

- Design patterns for systems software

- Component, pattern, and aspect "mining" within systems code

- Application- or domain-specific optimization of systems

- Reasoning and optimization across architectural layers

- Quantitative and qualitative evaluations


The workshop will be structured to encourage fruitful discussions
and build connections between workshop participants. To this end,
approximately half of the workshop time will be devoted to short
presentations of accepted papers, with the remaining half devoted to
semi-structured discussion groups. Participants will be expected to
have read the accepted papers prior to the workshop, to help ensure
focused discussions.

A novelty at ACP4IS '10 is that we will invite workshop attendees to
give "spontaneous" short presentations on their work if they see a
relation to topics being presented and discussed at the workshop.
These presentations will be limited to about ten minutes, and are
intended to provide additional structured input to discussions.
Spontaneous presentations will be asked for during the workshop; no
paper needs to be submitted, and no publication is associated with
them. There will be a session dedicated to them, just prior to


Invitation to the workshop will be based on accepted position
papers, 3-5 pages in length. All papers must be submitted as PDF
documents in ACM format through the ACP4IS 2010 online submission
system found at:


Paper submissions will be reviewed by the workshop program committee
and by designated reviewers. Papers will be evaluated based on
technical quality, originality, relevance, and presentation.


All accepted papers will be posted at the workshop web site prior to
the workshop date, to give all participants the opportunity to read
them before the workshop. In addition, the accepted papers will be
published in a Workshop Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.


Paper submission deadline:    December 21, 2009
Notification of acceptance:   January 15, 2010
Final papers due:             TBA
Workshop:                     March 16, 2010


- Mehmet Aksit,               University of Twente
- Shigeru Chiba,              Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Julia Lawall,               DIKU
- Hidehiko Masuhara,          University of Tokyo
- Hridesh Rajan,              Iowa State University
- Doug Simon,                 Sun Microsystems Laboratories
- Olaf Spinczyk,              University of Dortmund
- Eric Wohlstadter,           University of British Columbia
- Roel Wuyts,                 IMEC and K.U. Leuven
- more to be announced


- Bram Adams,                 Queen's University
- Michael Haupt,              Hasso Plattner Institut
- Daniel Lohmann,             FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg


- Eric Eide,                  University of Utah
- Olaf Spinczyk,              University of Dortmund
- Yvonne Coady,               University of Victoria
- David Lorenz,               University of Virginia

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