HPI Cloud Symposium "Operating the Cloud"

3 November 2015

Call for Papers

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    The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) invites for the third time to the yearly scientific symposium on the topic "Operating the Cloud". HPI’s FutureSOC Lab is a high performance IT infrastructure powered by its industrial partners EMC², HP, Fujitsu and SAP. It provides a free-of-charge platform for related research. Hence, it is the adequate environment to host this event.

    Cloud computing is experiencing a growth in attention world-wide. The necessity emerges from ever increasing amounts of data that have to be stored and computed by companies of almost any area of business. Additionally, even in our daily private lives we utilize cloud services to synchronize files, keep track of our appointments, etc. However, we are still observing a gap between results of academic research and practical implementations cloud operators use. It is our goal to provide a persistent platform for representatives of academia and industry to bridge this gap.

    The symposium aims to connect industry and academia by inviting speakers and calling for paper presentations. On this occasion we seek for research papers and practitioners' reports in the fields of operating, administrating, and utilizing cloud systems. Please submit your contribution to the electronic submission system we use (see Links). Accepted submissions will be presented at the symposium in Potsdam. "Operating the Cloud" aims to present a versatile compilation of talks which allow a deep exchange of experience and knowledge.


    The program committee looks for submissions in the field of cloud computing. Work in progress reports are explicitly welcome. Potential topics may be but are not limited to:

    • Cloud-ilities: Scalability, availability, reliability, elasticity
    • Security and safety in the cloud
    • Big data computation in clouds
    • Resource management in clouds
    • Tenant placement in clouds
    • Hybrid Cloud solutions
    • Cloud system and performance optimization
    • Cloud-related legal issues

    Submission Guidelines

    The program committee welcomes submissions of high quality research papers and practitioners' reports written in English and conforming to the IEEE (double-column) conference style. Submissions should not exceed six pages (including references, figures, and tables) and must not be published yet. Please upload your submission(s) in PDF format to the symposium’s electronic submission system (see Links).

    Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the symposium. Student and PhD student authors are eligible to apply for compensation of travel expenses. All accepted papers will be published as a technical report by the HPI after the event.


    • Paper submission: October 1st, 2015
    • Paper submission extended: October 8th, 2015
    • Author notification: October 15th, 2015
    • Camera-ready version: October 28th, 2015  
    • Scientific symposium: November 3rd, 2015


    09:30 Registration
    10:00 Welcome – Prof. Meinel
    10:15 Keynote: InstantLab – Christian Neuhaus and Andreas Grapentin, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
    11:00 A branch-and-bound approach to virtual machine placement – David Bartok and Zoltan Mann
    11:30 Dependable Cloud Computing with OpenStack – Johannes Eschrig, Sven Knebel and Nicco Kunzmann, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
    12:00 A survey of security-aware approaches for cloud-based storage and processing technologies – Max Plauth, Felix Eberhardt, Frank Feinbube and Andreas Polze, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
    12:30 Lunch
    13:30 Keynote: Cloud Computing versus Data Protection: will the new Legislation be more supportive? – Bernd H. Harder, Büsing, Müffelmann & Theye
    14:15 Coffee Break
    14:30 Protecting minors on social media platforms - A Big Data Science experiment – Estee van der Walt and Jan Eloff
    15:40 A Scalable Query Dispatcher for Hyrise-R – Jan Lindemann and Stefan Klauck, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
    16:10 Friendship based Storage Allocation for Online Social Networks Cloud Computing – Mohamed Elsaid and Christoph Meinel, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
    16:30 Closing Remarks and Good-Bye – Prof. Polze