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HotCloud 2014 : 6th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing


When Jun 17, 2014 - Jun 18, 2014
Where Philadelphia, PA, United States
Submission Deadline Mar 6, 2014
Notification Due Apr 25, 2014
Final Version Due May 28, 2014

Call For Papers

HotCloud brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry working on cloud computing technologies to share their perspectives, report on recent research results, and identify new/emerging "hot" trends in this important area. While cloud computing has gained traction over the past few years, many challenges remain in the design, implementation, and deployment of cloud computing.

The HotCloud program is arranged to create close interaction between researchers and industry practitioners so that the research can inform current deployments and deployment challenges can inform new research. HotCloud is open to examining all models of cloud computing, including the scalable management of in-house servers, remotely hosted infrastructure (IaaS), infrastructure augmented with tools and services that provide platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

We solicit original papers on a wide range of cloud computing topics for HotCloud. We particularly encourage the submission of position papers that describe novel research directions and work that is in its formative stages, as well as papers about practical experiences and lessons learned from production systems. Interesting issues show up at all levels of the software stack, but HotCloud's emphasis is on combining mechanisms to build working clouds rather than on implementing new low-level mechanisms themselves. For example, papers on using virtual machines in new ways would be preferred over papers on improving core VM technology.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Improving elasticity and availability in cloud infrastructure and cloud services
Cloud support for new hardware technologies (e.g. accelerators and GPGPUs)
Multi-tenancy and related issues such as performance isolation
Charging models and economics
Power-efficient ("green") computing for clouds
Monitoring, troubleshooting, and failure recovery
Debugging and performance analysis of cloud applications
Cloud management and configuration
Virtual appliance management and composition
Storage architectures for cloud computing
Novel networking approaches for cloud computing
Programming models
Security and privacy in clouds
New applications for clouds
Integrating enterprise applications with the cloud
Submission Instructions
Please submit full papers (no extended abstracts) in PDF format via the Web form, which will be available here soon. Do not email submissions.

The complete submission must be no longer than five (5) pages not including references. It should be typeset in two-column format in 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Submissions that violate any of these restrictions may not be reviewed. The limits will be interpreted fairly strictly, and no extensions will be given for reformatting. If you wish, you may use this LaTeX template and style file.
There are no formal restrictions on the use of color in graphs or charts, but please use them sparingly—not everybody has access to a color printer.
The names of authors and their affiliations should be included on the first page of the submission.
Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. If you are uncertain whether your submission meets USENIX's guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,
Reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, potentially assisted by outside referees in limited cases. Accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on June 17, 2014. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX HotCloud '14 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the workshop to present it. If the workshop registration will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact

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