[ecoop-info] Deadline extended for Cloud Service Brokerage, 2013

Anthony J H Simons a.j.simons at sheffield.ac.uk
Tue Sep 10 12:24:32 CEST 2013

Dear all,

There are still a few days left to meet the extended deadline for:

1st International Workshop on Cloud Service Brokerage (CSB 2013)

Workshop co-located with the 11th International Conference on Service
Oriented Computing, Berlin, Germany, December 2-5, 2013,


Deadline for Paper Submission:  13 September 2013 - extended
Paper Acceptance Notification:    14 October 2013
Camera Ready Paper & Copyright: 31 October 2013

The 1st International Workshop on Cloud Service Brokerage (CSB 2013) looks
to a future in which a

multi-cloud ecosystem exists, within which many cloud providers and
consumers interact to discover,

negotiate and use software services.   Supporting this ecosystem are cloud
brokers, whose role is to

bring together providers and consumers, by offering service portals with
added value for all parties.

A central feature of the broker’s role will be to assure quality control
(both functional and non-

functional), service continuity (failure prevention and recovery; service
substitution) and market

competition (arbitrage; service optimization; service customization).

In this workshop we invite contributions which tackle theoretical,
technical and application aspects

of Cloud Service Brokerage.

Topics of interest comprise, but are not limited to, methods and mechanisms

Service specification – current service description languages are only up
to the task of describing

the service interface; what is needed are abstract languages to describe
the complete behaviour and

performance of services, such that it can be determined whether one service
is formally substitutable

by another;

Service functional testing – current service testing is mostly
developer-based and in-house; what is

needed is a means of generating standard test sets from functional
specifications of services, which

can be grounded for each of the service protocol technologies described

Service performance monitoring – current service monitoring technology is
limited to SLAs for

response-times and availability of end-points; what is needed is a more
sophisticated data fusion

approach with trend prediction, supporting service optimisation and

Service optimisation – current service platforms offer single-vendor
services with failover

substitution, or manual selection from several providers; what is needed is
a means of offering

multi-vendor services on a competitive basis, with automatic arbitrage
between different providers.

Service governance – current services and platforms are developed following
in-house software

processes; what is needed are explicit standards and methods for governing
the whole service

lifecycle, ensuring common quality standards and interfaces, supporting
convergent service

development and service customisation.

Other topics relevant to the Cloud Broker role will be considered; please
note that service security

is out of scope, being a matter for the Cloud Auditor role

Deadline for Paper Submission:  13 September 2013 - extended
Paper Acceptance Notification:    14 October 2013
Camera Ready Paper & Copyright: 31 October 2013

Authors are invited to submit original, previously unpublished research
papers written in English.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the international
program committee. Paper

acceptance will be based on originality, significance, technical soundness,
and clarity of

presentation. Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings,
and will be published by

Springer-Verlag. Full research papers should not exceed 12 pages in the
Springer LNCS style format

including all text, references, appendices, and figures.  Shorter position
papers should not exceed 6

pages in the LNCS format.

Please submit papers in PDF via EasyChair.

At least one author of an accepted paper must register and participate in
the workshop.
Please see details at the ICSOC 2013 website.

Chaired by:
Gregoris Mentzas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
Anthony J H Simons, Department of Computer Science, University of
Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Iraklis Paraskakis, South-East European Research Centre, Thessaloniki,

Programme Committee (partial list—others to be added)
    Konstantinos Bratanis, SEERC, Greece
    Franck Fleurey, SINTEF, Norway
    Andreas Friesen, SAP Research, Germany
    Panagiotis Gouvas, SingularLogic, Greece
    Mariam Kiran, University of Sheffield, UK
    Dimitrios Kourtesis, SEERC, Greece
    Volker Kuttruff, CAS Software, Germany
    Brice Morin, SINTEF, Norway
    Antonia Schwichtenberg, CAS Software, Germany
    Yiannis Verginadis, ICCS NTUA, Greece

Contact us
For any questions please use the contact information below:

Dr Anthony J H Simons
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 211 Portobello
Sheffield, S1 4DP
United Kingdom

email: A dot J dot Simons at shef dot ac dot uk

Anthony J H Simons MA PhD
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 211 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP

tel: (+44/0) 114 222 1838
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