Cloud and Autonomic Computing Conference
The ACM Cloud and Autonomic Computing Conference
(CAC 2013)
InterContinental Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA  August 5-August 8, 2013
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University of Arizona, USA

Texas Tech University, USA

Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

Mississippi State University, USA

Indiana University, USA

Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
Paper submission due:
  Mar. 15, 2013, 11:59 pm EST
  Mar. 25, 2013, 11:59 pm EST
Notification to authors:
  May 8, 2013
Final paper due:
  June 1, 2013

Recent advances in computing, networking, software and mobile technologies have led to the development of cyberspace services that are pervasive and ubiquitous and that touch all aspects of life and economy. Through such advances, cloud and autonomic services will revolutionize the way we do business, maintain our health, conduct education, and how we secure, protect, inform and entertain ourselves.

Along with these advances, however, we are experiencing strong challenges to our ability to ensure that our cyberspace resources and services are properly regulated, under appropriate review and control, manageable and secure. The insertion of increasingly automated processes and procedures into normal workflows for personal, scientific and business transactions requires extreme care in design of these systems to ensure that such challenges are properly met.

The main focus of the CAC is to be the premier international forum to present the latest research, applications, and technologies to make cloud and autonomic computing systems and services easy to design, to deploy and to implement, while achieving the simultaneous goals to be self-manageable, self-regulating and scalable with little involvement of human or system administrators.

Special Tracks

The CAC conference main topics are grouped into four special tracks: Autonomic Cloud Computing; Autonomics for Extreme Scales; Autonomic Cybersecurity; and Autonomic Computing Foundation: Tools and Applications. Program vice-chairs in each of these research areas will coordinate the efforts regarding papers focused in these tracks.

  • Autonomic Cloud Computing: Vice Chair Rosa Badia
    • Self-management cloud services
    • Autonomic cloud applications and services
    • Autonomic virtual cloud resources and services
    • Cloud workload characterization and prediction
    • Monitoring and analysis of behavior of cloud resources and services
    • Theoretical frameworks for modeling and analysis autonomic computing systems and services
  • Autonomics for Extreme Scales: Vice Chair Gregor von Laszewski
    • Large scale autonomic systems
    • Self-optimizing and self-healing at petacomputing scale
    • Self-managing middleware and tools for extreme scales
    • Experiences in autonomic systems and applications at extreme scales (petacomputing)
  • Autonomic Cybersecurity: Vice Chair Sherif Abdelwahed
    • Self-protection techniques of computing systems, networks and applications
    • Metrics to evaluate and performance of self-protection algorithms
    • Anomaly behavior analysis of autonomic systems and services
    • Data mining, stochastic analysis and prediction of autonomic systems and applications
    • Metrics to characterize and quantify the cybersecurity algorithms (confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability of autonomic systems
    • Datasets and benchmarks to compare and evaluate different self-protection techniques
  • Autonomic Tools and Applications: Vice Chair Jim Dowling
    • Benchmarks and tools to evaluate and compare different architectures to implement autonomic cloud systems
    • High performance autonomic applications
    • Self* applications in science and engineering
    • Self* Human Machine Interface
    • Full visibility into the behavior of autonomic systems and services
    • Knowledge representation and visualization of behavior of autonomic systems and services
Paper Submission

Papers will be judged on originality, significance, interest, correctness, clarity, and relevance to the broader community. Papers are strongly encouraged to report experiences, measurements, and user studies, and to provide an appropriate quantitative evaluation. Previously published papers and/or papers under review are unacceptable.

Full papers (a maximum of 10 pages) and short papers (4 pages) are invited on a wide variety of topics relating to autonomic computing. Both full and short papers must follow the official ACM proceedings format with strict adherence to SIGS style (i.e., Option 1). Both kinds of papers should be submitted via the Web submission form, available here.

Authors are also encouraged to submit a poster or demo that summarizes and highlights the main points of their paper (see below). Extended versions of the best papers will be considered for a special section of TAAS and a special issue in Cluster Computing Journal.

Plagiarism Policy

Respecting intellectual property rights is a foundational principle of the ACM's Codes of Ethics. Plagiarism, in which one misrepresents ideas, words, computer codes, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of such ethical principles. Plagiarism can also represent a punishable violation of copyright law. Plagiarism manifests itself in a variety of forms, including verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's work without citing the source. Proper citing; i.e., accurate use of quotations marks and differentiating copied text from original, is imperative. Copying elements, such as equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, is also plagiarism. For more information, please visit ACM Plagiarism Policy.

Acceptance Policy

At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the paper in person at the conference. The accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference and will also appear in proceedings distributed via USB drives at the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify the conference organizers. The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on June 10, 2013. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the conference Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Posters, Demonstrations, and Exhibitions

A poster, demonstration, and exhibition session consisting of research prototypes and technology artifacts that demonstrate autonomic software or autonomic computing principles will be included in the conference. More information can be found on the call available here.

PhD Thesis Digest Forum

Current PhD students who are working on topics relevant to autonomic computing are invited to submit a short summary (up to 2 pages) of their theses. Top selected submissions will be presented at a PhD forum during the conference. More information will be available soon.

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