The Third IEEE International Workshop on Automation of Cloud Configuration and Operations (IEEE ACCO 2019)
Cloud computing is the next generation IT paradigm with its features of elasticity, scalability, availability, on-demand, and pay-as-you-go services. However, cloud systems face major challenges to provide and validate the required Service Level Agreement (SLA) including the security for a wide range of cloud applications and services. Current cloud configuration and management approaches are manual intensive, ad-hoc, and error-prone. However, manual processes are inherently inconsistent and they cannot support the cloud requirements for rapid provisioning of new applications or scale up/down resources on demand. To satisfy the cloud requirements and to support government and industry security requirements, it is critically important that cloud computing infrastructures and services support efficient automation so that cloud will provide the required SLA requirements, dynamic and rapid resource provisioning on demand, elastic scalability, and so on. The goal of this workshop is to solicit original and unpublished research papers that describe techniques supporting efficient cloud automation to meet application’s SLA and security requirements.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Dynamic configuration of cloud system resources to improve performance, security, and availability.
• Automated data storage configuration and management in cloud systems.
• Techniques to aggregate cloud infrastructures into well-defined components or structures that support automatic configuration and runtime management.
• Intelligent cloud workload characterization and prediction to achieve fault tolerance, reliability, and greater resilient operations.
• Tools to automatically configure, monitor, and validate security of cloud systems and their applications.
• Tools and techniques to pre-certify virtual machine (VM) templates, cloud template configurations and applications.
• Tools to provide cloud users full visibility into security and operations of cloud systems and applications.


Workshop General Chair:
Abdella Battou, National Institute of Technology and Standards, USA
Workshop Co-Chairs:
Robert Bohn, National Institute of Technology and Standards, USA
Cihan Tunc, University of Arizona, USA

Technical Program Commitee:
Charif Mahmoudi, National Institute of Technology and Standards, USA
Farah Fargo, Intel, USA
Youssif Al-Nashif, Florida Polytechnic University, USA
Yehia Taher, Université de Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Jesus Pacheco, University of Sonora, Mexico
Federico Miguel Cirett Galan, University of Sonora, Mexico
Raquel Torres Peralta, University of Sonora, Mexico
Mamadou H. Diallo, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, USA
Yuksel Gunal, IBM, USA
Stefano Iannucci, Mississippi State University, USA

Submissions Guidelines and PROCEEDINGS
Manuscripts should be prepared in 10-point font using the IEEE 8.5" x 11" two-column format. All papers should be in PDF format, and submitted electronically at Paper Submission Link. A full paper must not exceed the stated length (including all figures, tables and references). Submitted papers must present original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines may be rejected without review. Also submissions received after the due date, exceeding length limit, or not appropriately structured may also not be considered. Authors may contact the Workshop Chairs for further information or clarification.
All submissions are blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings, and be published by the IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services and be submitted to IEEE Xplore for inclusion.
Submitted papers must include original work, and must not be under consideration for another conference or journal. Submission of regular papers must not exceed 6 pages and must follow the IEEE paper format. Please include up to 7 keywords, complete postal and e-mail address, and fax and phone numbers of the corresponding author. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their work at the workshop during the conference.

Important Dates:
• Submission deadline: June 20th, 2019
• Notification of acceptance: July 25th, 2019
• Camera-ready papers due: August 01, 2019

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