Call for Papers

The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, construction and use of middleware systems. The scope of the conference is the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of distributed system platforms and architectures for computing, storage, and communication environments. Highlights of the conference will include a high quality single-track technical program, invited speakers, an industrial track, panel discussions involving academic and industry leaders, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, and workshops.

Original submissions of research papers on a diversity of topics are sought, particularly those identifying new research directions. The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Middleware Platforms and Usage Models

  • Middleware for emerging cloud computing platforms
  • Middleware for data-intensive computing (Big Data)
  • Middleware for mobile devices and services
  • Middleware for Internet applications and multimedia
  • Middleware for the Internet of Things
  • Middleware for ubiquitous and pervasive computing

Systems Issues for Middleware

  • Reliability and fault-tolerance
  • Consistency, availability, and replication
  • Energy- and power-aware techniques
  • Virtualization, auto-scaling, provisioning, and scheduling
  • Real-time solutions and quality of service
  • Scalability and performance

Design Principles and Programming Support

  • Event-based, publish/subscribe, and peer-to-peer solutions
  • Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective approaches
  • Programming frameworks, parallel programming, and design methodologies for middleware
  • Formal methods, testing, diagnosis, and distributed debugging of middleware
  • Methodologies and tools for middleware design, implementation, verification, and evaluation
  • Retrospective reviews of middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect orientation, etc.

(1) Research Papers

Original research papers are sought on the above topics.

(2) Experimentation And Deployment Papers

Experience papers describe complete systems, platforms, and papers with comprehensive experimental evaluations of alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions, the extensive experimentation involved, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned (including negative results).

(3) Big-Ideas Papers

We also encourage big ideas papers; that is papers that have the potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach or idea is important. Such papers should clearly indicate their vision; why the idea is revolutionary and not evolutionary; what the major questions still to be answered are; and possible avenues of attack for the community to pursue towards the development of the idea.

(4) Industry Short Papers

The conference strongly encourages submission of papers by industrial practitioners (with or without academic collaborators) focusing on innovations, approaches or case studies of specific relevance to industrial and commercial practice and concern. These papers (up to 6 pages, ACM style) may be submitted to a special industrial track with a separate Call for Papers.

Submissions for the conference will be handled via hotCRP at:
Papers should not exceed 12 pages in length, including the abstract, all figures, tables, and references. Submitted papers should adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM Style, and should clearly indicate their type on their first page. Please note that submissions are single-blind: authors’ names should appear. Note that the process for publication in the Middleware companion proceedings will be explained in the relevant, specific CFPs (e.g., Industry short papers, Doctoral workshop).
Middleware 2015 authors are encouraged to make their system/library implementations and data sets publicly available for the community’s wide benefit as open-source software and their experimental data available as open datasets. This is particularly encouraged for “experimentation and deployment papers”. Please discuss your requirements with the conference chairs.
All accepted papers will be published in the Middleware proceedings which will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date will be the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the Middleware conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

The Program Committee may, at its discretion, decide to award a Best Student Paper Award and a Best Paper Award to outstanding research contributions. If the primary author of a paper is a student, please identify this in the submission process.

Call for Papers as a single PDF file.