** NEW: Workshop Programme Published **

Call for Papers

Autonomic Management is becoming an increasingly important success factor in handling the growing complexity of modern computer systems, which must face increasingly conflicting demands in terms of scalability, energy usage and cost of ownership. Solutions that provide Autonomic Management capabilities remain, however, difficult to design, develop and maintain. An important reason is that such solutions require a mixture of skills and expertise from various domains: the managed application's domain, the Autonomic Management domain and the Software Engineering domain. This is particularly true when dealing with autonomic systems that must attain multiple administrative objectives; must scale to large numbers of heterogeneous and distributed resources; and must guarantee certain performance, dependability and manageability properties. This difficulty has been further compounded in recent years by the need to include sustainability - the ability of computer systems to control and limit their environmental impact and in particular minimise their energy consumption - as a first-class design goal of modern large-scale computer systems.

Unfortunately, little reusable support is currently available for facilitating the creation of complete Autonomic Management applications that fulfil the aforementioned properties. Existing solutions are generally developed from scratch and based on ad-hoc, application-specific designs that are hard to comprehend and reuse. In addition, most of the available autonomic applications focus on rather narrow and isolated management concerns. They whether address specific administrative functions - e.g. runtime monitoring, pattern recognition, optimal configurations, learning techniques or dynamic resource modifications; or they administer a specific application, running on a given platform, with respect to a single administrative goal - e.g. performance, resilience or energy consumption.

In this context, there is an increasing need for reusable solutions that:

  • Facilitate the creation of applications with Autonomic Management capabilities
  • Enable the integration, or composition of simpler Autonomic Management facilities - with limited objectives and scopes, into more complex Autonomic Systems - with holistic views of management objectives and of managed resources, including energy and environmental impact.

The MAASC workshop aims at gathering participants from both the academia and the industry for discussing recent and innovative propositions in this domain. The workshop welcomes contributions that apply to a large range of IT domains, spanning from pervasive systems to grid, clustered and cloud computing systems.

Topics

We welcome contributions proposing reusable architectures, frameworks, middleware, design patterns, services, components, tools and methodologies that facilitate the development, integration and maintenance of Autonomic Management and Sustainable IT systems.

In this context, relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Multi-objective autonomic management, in particular in sustainable systems
  • Context-aware autonomic management
  • Complex, adaptable management logic
  • Management of conflicting administrative goals
  • Autonomic management of large-scale, distributed and dynamic applications
  • Learning of autonomic management behaviours and configurations
  • User behaviour considerations in autonomic management
  • Integration of autonomic management services
  • Dynamic service or component integration
  • Decentralised control for autonomic systems
  • Nature-inspired autonomic management
  • Application of autonomic computing principles to sustainability and green computing
  • Sustainability and environmental implications of autonomic computing techniques

Important Dates

Submission: 10 February 2011 1/2/11
Notification: 14 March 2011 1/3/11
Final version: 31 March 2011 15/3/11
Workshop: 12 May 2011

Submission Guidelines

We encourage original submissions (maximum of 6 pages) with innovative research contributions or experimental results. Submitted papers should be written in English according to the ACM double column format (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates).

Authors must upload their paper as PDF file using the workshop's submission system (Easy Chair) Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, technical soundness, description clarity and relevance to MAASC workshop. At least one author of each accepted submission is expected to attend the workshop.

To submit a paper: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=maasc2011

Workshop co-chairs

Ada Diaconescu
(Télécom ParisTech, FR)
François Taiani
(Lancaster U. & INRIA Rennes, UK/FR)
Philippe Lalanda
(University of Grenoble, FR)

Programme Committee

Gordon Blair - Lancaster University, UK
Fabienne Boyer Dechamboux - University of Grenoble, France
Fabio Costa - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brasil
Geoff Coulson - Lancaster University, UK
Noel De Palma - University of Grenoble, France
Davide Frey - INRIA Rennes, France
Nikolaos Georgantas - INRIA Paris, France
Paul Grace - Lancaster University, UK
Daniel Hagimont - INPT/ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France
Matti Hiltunen - AT&T Labs Research, NJ, USA
Valérie Issarny - INRIA Paris, France
Thomas Ledoux - EMN/INRIA, Nantes, France
Adrian Mos - Xerox Research Centre Europe, Meylan, France
Trevor Parsons - University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Romain Rouvoy - LIFL/INRIA, Lilles, France