Call for Papers
FGCS Special Issue on:
Serverless Computing for Next-generation Application Development

Motivation and Scope

Serverless computing is a new paradigm for developing, deploying, and operating cloud applications. It is a step towards greater abstraction of virtualization technology, from bare metal to virtual machines, containers, and now Functions as a Service (FaaS). Serverless computing reduces complexity for the user by outsourcing infrastructure and operational measures to the service provider, offering high agility and lower cost in application development without the need for operational expertise. Functions in Serverless computing are typically event-driven and can be triggered by various types of events, such as a change in a data source, an HTTP request, a message being added to a queue, or a record being inserted in a database. With Serverless, users only pay for the resources they consume, rather than having to provision and pay for resources in advance.

Despite its commercial success and benefits, there are many open research challenges in serverless computing, such as handling state for ephemeral functions, cold start, function composition, debugging and monitoring, efficient auto-scaling and resource management, and security and compliance. Other outstanding issues include utilizing serverless on heterogeneous hardware/software and throughout the edge-to-cloud continuum or over dynamic networks. While serverless has been successfully applied to a wide range of application domains such as web and mobile backends, IoT, and data processing, it is anticipated to help scale HPC and High-Performance Data Analytics (HPDA), facilitate the adoption of AI/ML/DL techniques and be used for Big Data processing, among others. The development of these applications brings new challenges specific to these domains that necessitate the advancement of serverless technology and prompt attention. 

This special issue aims to promote high-quality research on recent serverless computing advances to support existing and emerging applications and to inspire related research efforts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Guest Editors

Adel N. Toosi

Monash University, Australia.


Corresponding Guest Editor

Alexandru Iosup

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Netherlands.

Bahman Javadi

Western Sydney University, Australia.

Evgenia Smirni

William and Mary, USA.

Schahram Dustdar

TU Wien, Austria

Important dates

By submitting your paper as early as possible, you will receive a faster decision on your submission as we begin processing it immediately upon receipt of your manuscript.

Manuscript Submission Instructions

The FGCS’s submission system ( will be open for submissions to our Special Issue from January 30, 2023

Kindly note that there is another ongoing special issue in FGCS that covers the topic of "Serverless Computing in the Cloud-Edge Continuum". When submitting your manuscript to our special issue, please ensure to select the appropriate article type, "VSI: Serverless next-gen" to avoid any confusion or delay.

All submissions deemed suitable by the editors to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production to be published in the special issue and will be published by Future Generation Computer Systems.