Call for Papers
The cost savings, efficiency and convenience offered by “cloud computing” in its various forms (e.g., PaaS, SaaS, IaaS) are driving a rapid increase in adoption. While cloud computing is especially attractive to new ventures and start-ups requiring a computing infrastructure with minimal upfront infrastructure costs, many established organizations and government agencies, both civilian and military alike, are adopting the technology. It is expected that cloud like infrastructures, whether open or private, will host many of the services that we have come to rely on both in the private and public sector and open the doors to many new applications and services.
Though the goal of the cloud is often to provide low-cost, pay-as-you-go robust computing, delivering a higher level of reliability and security has been one of the biggest challenges of cloud computing. Applications and the underlying cloud infrastructure are subject to failures due to accidental errors and cyber attacks. In spite of these impairments, end users (whether individuals or large business organizations) anticipate applications to perform as expected. In such an all-pervasive computing environment, system assurance (that is, providing security and reliability guarantees) has become a basic computing necessity.
An increasing number of services are being offered using cloud platforms and many of the services that we have come to rely on are expected to be provided via cloud computing. However, delivering a high level of reliability and security continues to be one of the biggest challenges of cloud computing. The main objective of this workshop is to bring together a community of researchers and practitioners from academia and industry in an effort to design dependable cloud architectures that can provide assurances with respect to security, reliability, and timeliness of computations (or services). Some new “assured” target applications include, but are not limited to, real-time computations for monitoring, control of cyber-physical systems such as power systems, and mission critical computations for rescue and recovery.
The WACC workshop aims at addressing the following topics:
- Assurance in clouds and their applications
- Dependability challenges in cloud environment
- State of the art techniques to provide cloud resiliency
- Novel techniques to build dependable clouds
- Role of virtualization and multicore hardware in assuring security and reliability
- Validation using experimental and/or formal methods
- Metrics and risk models for assessing assurance of cloud environment
- Assured services, protocols and standards for clouds
- Secure data management outsourcing, secure computation outsourcing
- Security and availability of the networks for assured cloud computing
- Usability of assurance provisions, interoperability
- Energy cost of assured clouds
- Identity management, authentication, access controls, authorization
- Trust and Policy Management and Regulatory Compliance
- Assurance for Big Data
- Assurances for time-critical computations
The authors are encouraged to submit papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development. All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of ten (10) printed pages (in IEEE format) including references and figures. Submissions longer than 10 pages will not be considered.
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