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DSSO 2014 : The First International Workshop on Dependability and Security of System Operation


When Jun 23, 2014 - Jun 23, 2014
Where Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 14, 2014
Notification Due Apr 11, 2014
Categories    security   dependability   operation   software defined networks

Call For Papers

DSSO 2014 - The First International Workshop on Dependability and Security of System Operation

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
June 23, 2014
In conjunction with 44th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2014)

A large amount of system downtime is caused by failures in processes on the system operation (or administration) level. An operations process is intended to prepare an environment for some activity involving a target system - installation, upgrade, reconfiguration, or the like. An operations process may be executed by scripts, operations tools, code (as in "infrastructure as code"), or humans, usually based on some specification.

With the rise of the Development-Operation (DevOps) and continuous delivery movements, the tempo of operations processes, the automation of these processes, and the possibility of concurrent and conflicting execution of several operations processes are all increasing. In the meantime, large-scale use of Infrastructure/Platforms as Services (IaaS/PaaS) and resource sharing in virtualisation introduces more uncertainties into the environment.

Dependability and security issues can come from anywhere in the process - the specification, the code/scripts/tools/human involved, the target system, or the environment. Failures need to be prevented, detected, diagnosed, recovered from, or tolerated in the context of system operation processes.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry to discuss dependability and security issues of system operation and techniques to reduce the downtime caused by these issues.

Topics include but not limited to the following:

* Architectures or systems impact on operations
* Best practices and patterns in system operation
* Canary testing and production environment testing
* Dependability/Security in configuration management
* Dependability/Security in disaster recovery and business continuity
* Dependability/Security in Infrastructure as Code, Software Defined Infrastructure, Software Defined Networks
* Dependability/Security in operating HPC or Map-Reduce clusters
* Dependability/Security in release engineering, continuous build and deployment
* Development-Operation (DevOps) process interactions
* Experience reports and data analysis of real-world system operation
* Error diagnosis and root cause analysis during system operation
* Failure/Fault detection/prevention/tolerance during system operation
* Test driven system operations
* Tolerance of variability

Paper Submission and Publication
Workshop paper submissions: March 14, 2014 (extended)
Notification to authors: April 11, 2014
Camera-ready: TBD

The submission and review process will be done using EasyChair (

Submissions must be no longer than 6 pages (including everything) and adhere to the IEEE Computer Society 8.5"x11" two-column camera-ready format. The manuscript templates for MS Word and LaTeX can be found at the following link:

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 PC members and evaluated based on originality, technical quality and relevance to the workshop.
Workshop papers will be published and archived as a separate DSN-W volume on IEEE Xplore.

Organizing Committee
Ingo Weber
NICTA/University of New South Wales, Australia

Dong-Seong (Dan) Kim
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Wei Xu
Tsinghua University, China

Liming Zhu
NICTA/University of New South Wales, Australia

Program Committee
Please check the workshop homepage for the complete list.


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