The Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Real-Time Service-Oriented Architecture and Applications (RTSOAA 2011) will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA 2011) on December 12th--14th 2011, at the University of California, Irvine, CA.

Theme of the Workshop: Real-Time Cloud Computing and Virtualization
Constantly changing information and an ever-increasing number of interacting end-users make responsiveness and timeliness guarantees critical requirements of modern service-oriented systems and commercial applications. Real-time service-oriented architectures and applications (RTSOAA) evolve the traditional service-oriented computing to satisfy this demand. As these services get increasingly deployed in virtual environments offered by Cloud providers, it is necessary to introduce new mechanisms to ensure that both the timeliness requirements and goals of the application and middleware layers are respected at the underlying platform.
Key needed skills and experiences not only include those ones that can be found in the service-oriented computing systems community, but also the ones usually belonging to the domain of design, modeling, analysis and development of real-time systems, which are crucial for dealing with Quality of Service and timeliness guarantees. This workshop is intended to provide an effective forum for researchers and industry practitioners to exchange research outcomes, issues, ideas, experiences, and lessons learned from the related academic and industrial research fields.
The theme of RTSOAA 2011 is Real-Time Cloud Computing and Virtualization. The impact of the Cloud as a platform for responsive and timeliness constrained service-oriented applications is to be analyzed. Relevant research topics include:

  1. scientific and engineering approaches to meet timing constraints in virtualized infrastructures (IaaS) and platforms (PaaS), and optimally select cloud-enabled services satisfying those constraints;
  2. technical and managerial issues of real-time cloud computing services: modeling, infrastructure composition, coordination, planning and scheduling, choreography, deployment, configuration, collaboration, monitoring and control, and governance;
  3. real-time cloud computing platforms and infrastructures for supporting specific application domains such as Healthcare, Green Data Centers, Large-Scale Analytics, Smart Cities, Workload Optimization Systems.

Scope of the Workshop
Research on real-time service-oriented architectures and applications (RTSOAA) covers multiple heterogeneous and complementary subjects such as: real-time systems, service-oriented architectures, performance modeling, analysis and tuning of virtualized service-based systems, software engineering, decision technology, etc. RTSOAA 2011 welcomes the submission of papers from researchers and practitioners in the subjects related but not limited to:

  1. Real-Time Cloud Computing
    • Real-time cloud computing infrastructures & platforms
    • Software Engineering issues for real-time cloud services
    • Issues and challenges in engineering virtualized service-oriented cloud computing applications with real-time and performance requirements
    • Business-driven and model-driven real-time cloud computing
    • Automated service replication and elasticity techniques for guaranteeing quality of real-time cloud services
    • Case studies and best practices of using real-time cloud computing
    • Service-oriented approaches to engineering novel Operating Systems and middleware for resources publishing, discovery and management in many-core computing platforms pioneering the future and emerging platforms for real-time cloud computing
    • Data and event stream processing in cloud environments, large-scale continuous data processing using cloud infrastructure
    • Dynamic workload management in real-time cloud architectures
  2. Real-Time Cyber-Physical & Smart Living Services
    • Leverage SOA technologies to support real-time cyber-physical services
    • RTSOA models for large-scale networked cyber-physical systems
    • Real-time discovery and composition of cyber-physical services
    • Semantic technologies to support real-time cyber-physical services
    • Quality-of-services provisioning for cyber physical systems and smart living spaces
    • Safety, robustness and availability issues and approaches in RTSOA based cyber-physical systems and smart living spaces
    • Real time cyber-physical applications deployed based on RTSOA technologies
    • RTSOA technologies for developing smart Living Spaces such as intelligent building and smart cities
  3. Domain-Specific Real-Time Service-Oriented Applications
    • Real-time service-oriented modeling to support healthcare
    • Monitoring and managing real-time service-based healthcare systems
    • IT-enabled resource management (data center, supply chain etc.)
    • RTSOAA for intelligent transportation systems, power management, water and waste management, and carbon emission management
    • Real-time service-oriented infrastructures for factory automation
    • Real-time service-oriented infrastructures and modeling for smart cities & intelligent buildings
  4. Enabling Technologies for RTSOAA
    • Event driven architecture for RTSOAA
    • Database modeling & management for RTSOAA
    • Policy driven management for RTSOAA
    • Middleware, Operating System & Infrastructure level support for RTSOAA
    • Scalability issues in resource management for massively parallel and distributed systems
    • Programming paradigms, application/OS/middlware interactions
    • Real-time mining, simulation & optimization
    • Service governance, ensuring quality of service, service level monitoring
  5. Management of Real-Time Services in Virtualized Environments
    • Provisioning of real-time services
    • Managing real-time services in virtualized environments
    • Resource management for real-time services
    • Service level monitoring and service governance in virtualized environments
    • Case studies for real-time services in virtualized environments

Workshop Organizers

General co-chairs:

  • Kwei-Jay Lin, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Jie Xu, University of Leeds, UK

Program co-chairs:

  • Tommaso Cucinotta, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
  • Josef Schiefer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Luis Garces-Erice, IBM Research Zurich Lab, Switzerland

Steering committee:

  • Jun-Jang (JJ) Jeng, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
  • I-Ling Yen, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Wei-Tek Tsai, Arizona State University, USA
  • Kinji Mori, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Publicity co-chairs:

  • Jicheng Fu, University of Central Oklahoma, USA
  • Wei Hao, Northern Kentucky University, USA

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions due: September 30th, 2011
  • Acceptance notification:October 16th, 2011
  • Camera ready version due: October 30th, 2011
  • Early Bird Registration due: October 30th, 2011
  • RTSOAA 2011 Workshop: December 12-14th, 2011


Call for Papers: 15th OPODIS international conference on Principles of Distributed Systems (December 13-16 2011 in Tolouse, France).
Deadline for submitting papers: July 15 2011. This year, Giuseppe Lipari and Antonio Fernández Anta, are program co-chairs.

OPODIS is an open forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge on distributed computing and systems among researchers from around the world. This conference is the 15th in a series of annual conferences. Following the tradition of the previous events, its program will be composed of high-quality contributed and invited papers.

The program committee is soliciting original and significant research contributions to the theory, specification, design and implementation of distributed systems, including:
- communication and synchronization protocols
- distributed algorithms, multiprocessor algorithms
- distributed cooperative computing
- embedded systems
- fault-tolerance, reliability, availability
- grid, cluster and cloud computing
- location- and context-aware systems
- mobile agents and autonomous robots
- mobile computing and networks
- peer-to-peer systems, overlay networks
- complexity and lower bounds
- social networks: modeling, analysis, and synthesis
- energy efficiency issues in distributed computing and systems
- performance analysis of distributed systems
- real-time systems
- security issues in distributed computing and systems
- sensor networks: theory and practice
- specification and verification of distributed systems
- testing and experimentation with distributed systems

Visit the OPODIS web page for more information.

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The objective of the Master program is to educate high profile professionals and researchers in Information Technology. The perfect candidates for this course are highly motivated young students wishing to pursue a higher educational path that will lead to either industrial or academic research positions.

University of Trento and Scuola Sant'Anna will provide several scolarships.

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