CALL FOR PAPERS: 13th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference
December 3-7, 2012
The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a premier forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, implementation, experimentation, deployment, and usage of middleware systems. Middleware is the software that resides between applications and the underlying architecture. The goal of middleware is to facilitate the development of applications by providing higher-level abstractions for better programmability, performance, scalability, security, and a variety of essential features. It is a rapidly evolving and growing field.
Following the success of past conferences in this series, the 13th International Middleware Conference will be the premier event for middleware research, technology and experimentation in 2012. The scope of the conference is the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of system platforms and architectures for current and future computing, storage, and communication environments. Highlights of the conference will include a high quality technical program, invited speakers, an industrial track, poster and demo presentations, a doctoral symposium, and workshops.
Original submissions of research papers on a diversity of topics are sought, particularly those identifying new research directions. The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:
Revisiting classical middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect orientation, etc.
The conference strongly encourages submission of industry-focused papers and use case studies; full papers should be submitted to the main program, where they will be reviewed using appropriate criteria (e.g., emphasizing experience and system evolution), and accepted papers will be published in the main conference proceedings. Additionally, short industry-focused papers (6 pages, ACM style) may be submitted to a special industrial track whose Call for Papers will be issued separately, later. Accepted short papers will be presented at the conference and published in the ACM Digital Library.
We particularly encourage “big ideas papers”; that is papers that have the potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach or idea is important. Authors should indicate in the introduction that their paper is a vision of a big idea, rather than more mature work. Such papers should clearly indicate why the idea is revolutionary and not evolutionary; what the major questions still to be answered are; and possible avenues of attack for the community to pursue towards the development of the idea.
We also particularly encourage the submission of papers describing complete systems, platforms, and comprehensive experimental evaluations of alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions, the extensive experimentation involved, the comprehensiveness of the approach, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned (including negative results).
Middleware 2012 authors are encouraged to make their system/library implementations and data sets publicly available for the community’s wide benefit as open-source software and their experimental data available as open datasets. The conference web site will provide storage space in which this information will be made available to the Middleware research community. This is particularly encouraged for “experimentation and deployment papers”.
Bettina Kemme, McGill University, Canada
Priya Narasimhan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Peter Triantafillou, University of Patras, Greece
Michael Spreitzer, IBM, USA
Jan de Meer, SmartSpaceLab, Germany
Marta Patino-Martinez, Technical University, Madrid, Spain
Eric Wohlstadter, UBC, Canada
Fred Douglis, EMC Backup Recovery Systems, USA
Wenbo He, McGill University, Canada
Muthucumaru Maheswaran, McGill University, Canada
Kevin Huguenin, EPFL, Switzerland