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ACCO 2017 : The IEEE Workshop on Automation of Cloud Configuration and Operations


When Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017
Where The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizo
Submission Deadline Jun 25, 2017
Notification Due Jul 9, 2017
Final Version Due Jul 21, 2017
Categories    cloud computing   automated management   autonomic computing

Call For Papers

The IEEE Workshop on Automation of Cloud Configuration and Operations (ACCO)
*** will be held in conjunction with ICCAC 2017 ***
Tucson, Arizona, USA
September 18-22, 2017


- Abdella Battou, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

- Cihan Tunc, University of Arizona, USA
- Charif Mahmoudi, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Cloud computing is emerging as the next generation IT paradigm due to its elasticity, scalability, availability, on demand, and pay only for services that you use. However, cloud systems face major challenges to provide and validate the required Service Level Agreement (SLA) as well as the security requirements for a wide range of cloud applications and services. Current cloud configuration and management are manual intensive, ad-hoc and error-prone. Manual processes are inherently inconsistent and they cannot support the cloud requirements for rapid provisioning of new applications or scale up/down resources on demand. To satisfy these emerging requirements and to support government and industry security requirements, it is critically important that cloud computing infrastructures support efficient automation. Cloud automation will result in efficient operations, consistent configurations that meet security and SLA requirements, dynamic and rapid provisioning of cloud resources on demand, elastic scalability up or down, and support cost savings. The goal of this workshop is to solicit original and unpublished research papers that describe techniques supporting efficient cloud automation to meet application’s SLA and security requirements. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Dynamic configuration of cloud system resources to improve performance, security, and availability.
- Automated data storage configuration and management in cloud systems.
- Techniques to aggregate cloud infrastructures into well-defined components or structures that support automatic configuration and runtime management.
- Intelligent cloud workload characterization and prediction to achieve fault tolerance, reliability and greater resilient operations.
- Tools to automatically configure, monitor, and validate security of cloud systems and their applications.
- Tools and techniques to pre-certify virtual machine (VM) templates, cloud template configurations and applications.
- Tools to provide cloud users full visibility into security and operations of cloud systems and applications.

Submission and Publication

The papers must be formatted in a two-column layout up to 6 pages and must follow the IEEE proceedings format. All manuscripts will be reviewed and judged on merits including originality, significance, interest, correctness, clarity, and relevance to the broader community. Submitted papers must include original work and may not be under consideration for another workshop, conference or journal during the Automation of Cloud Configuration and Operations (ACCO) workshop review process.

Authors should submit their papers electronically following the instructions from the ICCAC 2017 conference website ( using

At least one author of the accepted paper is expected to register and present their work during the workshop, for publication in IEEEXplore.

** There will be also a special issue on the Cluster Computing Journal that will include an extension of the best paper of the workshop.

Technical Program Committee

* Jaafar Chbili, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
* Farah Fargo, Intel
* Yuksel Gunal, IBM
* Mohammad Samarah, Florida Polytechnic University
* Frederic de Vaulx, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Remote Attendance

This year's conference is scheduled to take place in the United States. We recognize that due to the current or potential future actions of the United States government, some people may be unable or fearful to attend. We have considered moving the conference to another country, but recognize that that will not resolve the situation, as some people may likewise be unable to safely leave the United States. Therefore, for any person who wishes to participate but is unable to do so due to the travel restrictions imposed by the United States government, we will be offering a "remote attendance" registration at a discounted rate, to be announced at a later point in time. Authors with accepted papers will be able to present their work remotely, complying with IEEE presentation requirements, and we are investigating videoconferencing solutions for streaming to remote attendees.

Important Dates (extended)

Full paper submission June 25, 2017 11:59PM (AoE)
Author notification July 9, 2017
Camera-ready version July 21, 2017

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