Fourth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2018

Part of 11th IEEE/ACM UCC and 5th IEEE/ACM BDCAT.

Please visit the previous workshops website to see what you can expect. You will also find presentations and notes about the panel discussion there.


2018-06-01: CFP available


Serverless Computing (Serverless) is emerging as a new and compelling paradigm for the deployment of cloud applications, and is enabled by the recent shift of enterprise application architectures to containers and micro services. Many of the major cloud vendors, have released serverless platforms within the last two years, including Amazon Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions, IBM Cloud Functions. There is, however, little attention from the research community. This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss their experiences and thoughts on future directions.

Serverless architectures offer different tradeoffs in terms of control, cost, and flexibility. For example, this requires developers to more carefully consider the resources used by their code (time to execute, memory used, etc.) when modularizing their applications. This is in contrast to concerns around latency, scalability, and elasticity, which is where significant development effort has traditionally been spent when building cloud services. In addition, tools and techniques to monitor and debug applications aren't applicable in serverless architectures, and new approaches are needed. As well, test and development pipelines may need to be adapted. Another decision that developers face are the appropriateness of the serverless ecosystem to their application requirements. A rich ecosystem of services built into the platform is typically easier to compose and would offer better performance. However, composing external services may be unavoidable, and in such cases, many of the benefits of serverless disappear, including performance and availability guarantees. This presents an important research challenge, and it is not clear how existing results and best practices, such as workflow composition research, can be applied to composition in a serverless environment.

Workshop call for papers

Call For Papers (CFP)

Tentative agenda

Date TBD

Workshop location: Zurich, Switzerland



Workshop co-chairs

Paul Castro, IBM Research
Vatche Ishakian, Bentley University
Stefan Junker, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Vinod Muthusamy, IBM Research
Aleksander Slominski, IBM Research

Steering Committee (tentative)

Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University
Dennis Gannon, Indiana University & Formerly Microsoft Research
Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)

Program Committee (tentative)

Gul Agha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Azer Bestavros, Boston University
Flavio Esposito, Saint Louis University
Rodrigo Fonseca, Brown University
Ian Foster, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University
Dennis Gannon, Indiana University & Formerly Microsoft Research
Arno Jacobsen, MSRG (Middleware Systems Research Group)
Tyler Harter, GSL, Microsoft
Pietro Michiardi, Eurecom
Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College
Rodric Rabbah, IBM Research
Rich Wolski, University of California, Santa Barbara
Claus Pahl, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Maciej Malawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Martin Garriga, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Theo Lynn, Dublin City University, Ireland
Višnja Križanović, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Lucas Nussbaum, LORIA, France

Previous workshop

Third International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2017 in San Francisco, CA, USA on July 2nd 2018 In conjunction with IEEE CLOUD 2018 affiliated with 2018 IEEE World Congress on Services (IEEE SERVICES 2018).

Second International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, USA on December 12th, 2017 part of Middleware 2017.

First International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC) 2017 in Atlanta, GA, USA on June 5th, 2017 part of ICDCS 2017.

Follow-Up: ESCCA 2018

We are proud to announce that WoSC4 is followed by the European Symposium on Serverless Computing and Applications (ESCCA 2018) on December 21, bringing together scientific progress with industrial requirements for future serverless development practices and application architectures.

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