CFP: MISS 2011 workshop (ex ACP4IS) at AOSD 2011

Bram Adams bram at cs.queensu.ca
Sat Nov 20 21:20:07 UTC 2010


Hi,

The MISS 2011 workshop below is highly related to this mailing list,
since VMs are some of the best-known examples of systems software.
Dealing with modularity in a VM is known to be critical, yet tough, so
insights, advances or experiences from the trenches are extremely
welcome at our workshop. Consider participating!

Thanks in advance,

the MISS 2011 committee

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         1st AOSD Workshop on Modularity in Systems Software
                               MISS 2011 (ex ACP4IS)

                                   March 22, 2011
                   Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco (Brazil)

                   http://www.aosd.net/workshops/miss

       A one-day workshop to be held in conjunction with the
                       10th International Conference on
          Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD'11),
March 21 -- March 25, 2011, Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco (Brazil)
                          http://aosd.net/conference
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The importance of "systems infrastructure" software - including
application servers, virtual machines, middleware, compilers, and
operating systems - is increasing as application programmers demand
better and higher-level support for software development. Vendors that
provide superior support for application development have a
competitive advantage. The software industry as a whole benefits as
the base level of abstraction increases, thus decreasing the need for
application programmers to continually "reinvent the wheel".

These trends, however, mean that the demands on infrastructure
software are increasing. More and more features and requirements are
being "pushed down" into the infrastructure, and the developers of
systems software need better tools and techniques for handling these
increased demands. The design and implementation of systems-level
software presents unique opportunities and challenges for research on
software modularity. These challenges include the need to address the
inherent complexity of infrastructure software, the need for strong
assurances of correct and predictable behaviour, the need for maximum
run-time performance, and the necessity of dealing with the large body
of existing systems software components.

MISS 2011 aims to provide a highly interactive forum for
researchers and developers to discuss the application of and
relationships between exciting new modularity constructs for systems
software such as aspects, components, traits and context layers. The
goal is to put these constructs into a common reference frame and to
build connections between the software engineering and systems
communities.

Following up on last year's workshop, MISS 2011 puts special focus on
the challenges in system's programming introduced by multi-core
platforms. As hardware-supported parallelization becomes mainstream,
there is an increasing pressure on systems infrastructure to exploit
this new parallelism to its fullest. However, the non-modular nature
of parallel execution, and the numerous levels at which parallelism
can be achieved (application, systems infrastructure, hardware or even
a combination) make it hard to come up with an intuitive, yet
efficient parallel architecture. We solicit novel ideas and experience
reports on this emerging research area.

Other suggested topics for position papers include, but are not
restricted to:

- Approaches that combine or relate techniques based on advanced
  modularization concepts

- Dimensions of infrastructure software quality including
  comprehensibility, configurability (by implementers),
  customizability (by users), reliability, evolvability, scalability,
  and run-time characteristics such as performance and code size

- Merits and downsides of container-, ORB-, and system-based
  separation of concerns

- Architectural techniques for particular system concerns, e.g.,
  security, static and dynamic optimization, and real-time behaviour

- Design patterns for systems software

- "Mining" and refactoring of concerns in systems code

- Application- or domain-specific optimization of systems

- Reasoning and optimization across architectural layers

- Quantitative and qualitative evaluation


AGENDA

The workshop will be structured to encourage fruitful discussions and
build connections between workshop participants. To this end,
approximately half of the workshop time will be devoted to short
presentations of accepted papers, with the remaining half devoted to
semi-structured discussion groups and lightning talks. The latter are
short talks that are combined with tool demos, aimed at stimulating
even more interaction between workshop attendees. Participants will be
expected to have read the accepted papers prior to the workshop, to
help ensure focused discussions.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Invitation to the workshop will be based on accepted position papers,
3-5 pages in length. All papers must be submitted as PDF documents in
ACM format through the MISS 2011 online submission system found at:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=miss11. Paper submissions
will be reviewed by the workshop program committee and by designated
reviewers. Papers will be evaluated based on technical quality,
originality, relevance, and presentation.

In addition to position papers, we also solicit proposals for
lightning talks, i.e., a combination of a 5 minute talk and 5 minute
tool demo. Prospective lightning presenters should send us an abstract
of 250 words (deadline: March 13, 2010). Abstracts will NOT be
published, they are intended to be read by the reviewers only (hence
the late deadline).

Comments and questions can be sent to miss11 AT aosd DOH net.


PUBLICATION OF PAPERS

All accepted papers will be posted at the workshop web site prior to
the workshop date, to give all participants the opportunity to read
them before the workshop. In addition, the accepted position papers
will be published in a Workshop Proceedings in the ACM Digital
Library.


IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Deadline:	                January 7, 2011 at 23:59 (Apia time)
Notification of acceptance:	January 23, 2011
Final papers due:	                February 19, 2011
Lightning abstracts:                March 13, 2011
Workshop:	                        March 22, 2011


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

- Bram Adams,                 Queen's University
- Walter Binder,                University of Lugano
- Michael Haupt,              Hasso Plattner Institut
- Mick Jordan,                  Oracle Labs
- Julia Lawall,                   DIKU
- David Lorenz,                The Open University of Israel
- Stefan Marr,                   Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Eddy Truyen,                  KU Leuven
- Eric Wohlstadter,           University of British Columbia
- Charles Zhang                Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology
- more to be announced soon ...


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

- Bram Adams,                 Queen's University
- Michael Haupt,              Hasso Plattner Institut
- David Lorenz,                The Open University of Israel
- Eric Wohlstadter,           University of British Columbia


STEERING COMMITTEE

- Eric Eide,                      University of Utah
- Olaf Spinczyk,              University of Dortmund
- Yvonne Coady,             University of Victoria
- David Lorenz,               The Open University of Israel


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