Call for Papers

There is a need for comprehensive, balanced and flexible distributed cyberinfrastructure (DCI) in support of science and engineering applications. A fundamental technical challenge is to support a broad range of application usage scenarios and modalities on a range of platforms with varying performance. The first generation of DCI has resulted in important scientific results as well as advances in the state-of-practice of delivering DCI as services to the user community, broadly defined. However, a complete conceptual framework for DCI design principles remains prominent by its absence. This missing framework prevents an objective assessment of important technical as well as policy considerations.

The SCREAM workshop generally aims to address this gap, and specifically aims to understand, through a combination of experience, application requirements, and conceptual models, how to best to create a conceptual framework for the objective design and assessment of distributed cyberinfrastructure. In other words, it aims to build toward the science of cyberinfrastructure upon what has hitherto been a purely empirical approach to cyberinfrastructure design and practice. The SCREAM Workshop is interested in all areas that will further this objective, in particular the interaction of multiple cyberinfrastructure components and systems (distributed computing, broadly defined), including academic and commercial production systems and research testbeds.

Significant effort has been invested in the delivery and practice of DCI with different objectives and varying capabilities, and existing (FutureGrid, Open Science Grid, XSEDE, GENI, EGI, PRACE, DAS-n, Grid'5000) and previous offerings have yielded valuable information.  Enough experience now exists to reflect on what has worked and why, and why some approaches have failed. Thus, we believe the time is appropriate to build upon these lessons towards a next generation of DCI that is designed and architected for well-defined usage modes, performance and capabilities.

Although primarily targeted towards computing scientists, we believe this workshop will have an impact beyond the computing specialist in light of the fact that production cyberinfrastructure impacts the effectiveness of other science & engineering endeavors. This workshop will welcome technical contributions delivered via research-based results, experience papers, and vision papers. Understanding the principles and science of cyberinfrastructure has impact beyond just the computing aspects.

Topics of interest are in the context of distributed cyberinfrastructure, including, but not limited to:

  • Research

    • Integration and interaction with commercial systems

    • Cloud issues

    • Sustainability and business models for both systems and software

    • Integrating AAA systems

    • Resilience

    • Federation of resources

    • Networking design/advances for widely distributed systems

    • Clean slate designs

    • Designing systems for data-intensive science, not just for computational science

    • Quantitative/metrics driven design

    • Management software
  • Experiences, both successes & failures

    • Cyberinfrastructure system experiences

    • Software experiences

    • Application experiences

  • Applications

    • Novel application types, including data-intensive applications

    • Application requirements that lead to new systems characteristics

    • Challenges in application development, deployment, and execution
    • Models of theoretical performance
    • Understanding actual performance
  • Models

    • Design principles

    • Architecture layers, including middleware

    • Next generation distributed cyberinfrastructure

    • Research-As-A-Service

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit technical papers of at most 8 pages in PDF format, including figures and references. Papers should be formatted in the ACM Proceedings Style and submitted to EasyChair. No changes to the margins, spacing, or font sizes as specified by the style file are allowed. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, and will be incorporated into the ACM Digital Library. 

Papers must be self-contained and provide the technical substance required for the program committee to evaluate their contributions. Submitted papers must be original work that has not appeared in and is not under consideration for another conference or a journal. See the ACM Prior Publication Policy for more details.

Important Dates
February 23, 2015 (extended)       Paper submission deadline  (midnight anywhere on Earth)
March 28, 2015                             Paper acceptance notification
April 20, 2015                                Camera ready version due