Industry Track

  • Scope
  • Topics
  • Formatting
  • Submission Site
  • Selection
  • Poster & Demo Session
  • Important Dates
  • Program Committee

Scope

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.  The organizers solicit concise papers from practitioners in the middleware field that report on particular observations from the field that may be of interest to the community; such papers should be submitted directly to the Industry Track. 

The Industry Track of MIDDLEWARE is a special forum within the main conference emphasizing the practical issues, observations, and measurement of “real-world” middleware systems.  Note that MIDDLEWARE is a single-track conference. Accepted Industry Track papers are presented during the main conference.  The Middleware 2015 Industry Track proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Accepted submissions will be available at the ACM digital library at least one week before the conference.

Topics

The Industry Track of MIDDLEWARE 2015 solicits 6-page papers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Experience reports and measurements relating to
    • Scalability issues (observed real-life loads and adaptations)
    • Reliability and availability issues (observed real-life faults and faults models)
    • Security issues (e.g. real attacks on deployed platforms and impacts)
    • Deployments of Internet-scale, grid, cloud computing environments and other large-scale systems
    • Deployments of embedded systems, sensor networks and Internet of Things
    • Middleware for mobile computing
    • Cloud middleware, Platforms as a Service (Database as a Service, MOM as a Service…), middleware for Big data
    • Design principles and tools for Middleware
  • Approaches, mechanisms and tools for
    • Real-life deployment e.g. hardware equipment management (installation, updates, replacement), management of data center buildings, network points of presence, “data center in-a-box”
    • DevOps, continuous software development and deployment
    • Operation and management e.g. patches, bug corrections, uninstallation
  • Economic, energy-aware, and environmental analyses (e.g. cost and/or energy impacts of large data center-based deployments versus more distributed deployments)

Formatting

A submission must be a single PDF file conforming to the ACM Conference Format and must not exceed 6 pages (including abstract, figures, tables, and appendices, but excluding references). Submissions must be in English. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines or that violate formatting will be declined without review.

Reviewing is single-blind; papers must include author names and affiliations.

Submission Site

Papers can be submitted through the Easychair link here.

Selection

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Industrial Track Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work. The committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. The conference organizers, like those of other scientific conferences and journals, prohibit these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them.  Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered.  If you are uncertain whether your submission meets the guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs.

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact the program co-chairs.

Poster and Demo Session

In addition to a short presentation during the main conference, authors of all accepted industry track short papers are invited to participate in the poster and demo session. No additional submission of 2-page abstracts to the poster track will be required. Submitted papers that have not been accepted by industry track will also be considered for inclusion in the Middleware Poster and Demo Session. If selected for the Poster and Demo session, authors have the option of submitting a 2-page extended abstract (ACM Conference Format) for inclusion in the Poster and Demo proceedings as per their CFP.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for paper submission: 15th August 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT -12h, Baker Island. FIRM deadline, no extensions will be given.
  • Author notifications : September 18, 2015
  • Deadline for camera-ready papers : September 30, 2015 

Industry Track Program Committee 

K. R. Jayaram, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Co-chair

Michael A. Kozuch, Intel Research Labs Pittsburgh, Co-chair

Akshat Verma, MakeMyTrip, India

Anshul Gandhi, Stony Brook University, USA

Eric Wohlstadter, Altiscale/University of British Columbia, USA/Canada

Himabindu Pucha, Google, USA

Ihor Kuz, NICTA and University of New South Wales, Australia

Jatinder Singh, University of Cambridge, UK

Lydia Chen, IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland

Mohammad Sadoghi, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA

Nima Kaviani, Curatio, Canada

Nisha Talagala, Sandisk, USA

Padmanabhan Pillai, Intel Research Labs Pittsburgh, USA

Partho Nath, Akamai Technologies, USA

Qi Huang, Facebook, USA

Rahul Potharaju, Microsoft Research, USA

Rolando Martins, Intel and Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Steve Ko, University of Buffalo, USA

Swaminathan Sundararaman, Sandisk, USA

Xiaoyun Zhu, Futurewei Technologies, USA

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library, which can be as early as November 20, 2015. This date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to work published in MIDDLEWARE 2015.