The Fifth International Workshop on Container Technologies and Container Clouds

Collocated with Middleware

in Davis, California

9-13 December 2019

Containers are a lightweight OS-level virtualization. In the recent years, container-based virtualization for applications has gained immense popularity thanks to the success of technologies like Docker. Container management is one of the key challenges of adopting this technology. As a result, management middleware like Kubernetes, Mesos, etc., are witnessing widespread adoption in the industry today. While Containers as a technology have reached an acceptable level of maturity, we see today that most of the challenges hindering the full scale adoption of this technology lies in the limitation of the existing middleware managing containerized workloads. Problems around scalability, security, high-availability, disaster recovery, and compliance are still active research areas that require innovative solutions.

The aim of this workshop is to shed the light on the main challenges and solutions of running containerized workloads in clustered environments.

The fifth workshop on container technologies and container clouds solicits contributions in this area from researchers and practitioners in both the academia and industry. The workshop welcomes submissions describing unpublished research, position papers as well as deployment experiences on various topics related to containers as outlined below:

Topics of interested include but are not limited to:

  • Scalability and performance of container management middleware (K8s, Mesos, ...)

  • Security, isolation and performance of containers in shared environments

  • Network architectures for multi-host container deployments

  • Orchestration models for cloud scale deployments

  • High availability systems for containerized workloads

  • Leveraging hardware support for containers and containerized workloads

  • Migrating and optimizing traditional workloads for containers

  • Operational issues surrounding management of large clusters of containers

  • Container use cases and challenges for HPC, Big Data and IoT applications

  • Leveraging cognitive techniques for container management

  • Performance enhancement of containers

  • Use cases of using containers such as serverless computing and PaaS

  • Comparative studies between different middleware for managing containers

  • Comparative studies between containers, uni-kernels, and any other virtualization technologies

  • Other topics relevant to containers management


Accepted papers should be no longer than 6 pages in the standard ACM format. Note that at least one author on each accepted workshop paper must hold a full pre-conference registration. As in previous years, the Middleware conference will provide companion proceedings including all workshop papers, which will be available in the ACM Digital Library. This is subject to the availability of camera-ready version by October 18, 2019. Please upload your papers in PDF form to easychair.

Submissions will be judged on novelty, relevance, clarity of presentation, and correctness. Authors of accepted submissions are required to present their work. Accepted papers and abstracts will be made available in the conference website at least one week before the workshop, so that the participants can come prepared having read the papers. Accepted submissions will be published via ACM Digital Library

  • For the authors of accepted papers, you will be contacted by the main conference with a specific URL for your camera-ready submission.

Important dates:

  • Paper Submission: August 30, 2019 September 9, 2019 - extended, Closed

  • Paper Notification: September 27, 2019 September 30, 2019

  • Paper Camera Ready: October 18, 2019

Program: Tuesday December 10, 2019

            • Session1: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

              • 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Opening notes

              • 9:15 am - 10:00 am: Keynote talk: Rise of Containers and Serverless: Past, Present, and Future

              • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Overbooking Lambda Functions in the Cloud

            • Break1: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

            • Session2: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

              • 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Container Orchestration for Dispersed Computing

              • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm: PRISM: An Experiment Framework for Straggler Analytics in Containerized Clusters

              • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Can Container Fusion Be Securely Achieved?

            • Lunch Break: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

            • Session3: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

              • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: A framework for Black-box SLO Tuning of Multi-tenant Applications in Kubernetes

              • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: A Case for Performance-Aware Deployment of Containers

              • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Leveraging Kubernetes for Adaptive and Cost-efficient Resource Management

            • Break2: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

            • Session4: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

              • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Rule-Based Lightweight Approach for Resources Monitoring on IoT Edge Devices

              • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Panel Discussion on the Future of Containers

Keynote talk: Rise of Containers and Serverless: Past, Present and Future

Abstract: Containers and serverless computing are rising in interest and some would say are on top of the hype curve of the IT industry. The question remains: what is real and what is marketing? We look at what problems serverless computing is solving and how containers are key enabling technlogy. Why serverless should be an important topic for researchers? Why containers matter for serverless? Why serverless matter for containers? What is future of containers and serverless? And how it relates to the future of computing?

Speaker: Aleksander Slominski, Research Staff Member, IBM


Workshop Chairs:

  • Ali Kanso – IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

  • Seetharami R. Seelam – IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Publicity Chair:

  • Parisa Heidari – Edge Gravity by Ericsson

Program Committee Chair:

  • Abdelouahed Gherbi, ETS University, Montreal, Canada

Program Committee (To Be Confirmed):

Michela Taufer, University of Deleware

Jinho Hwang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Gregor von Laszewski, Indiana University

Olivier Sallou, INRIA

Hassan Hawilo, Western University, Canada

Chen Wang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Ming Zhao, Arizona State University

Abhishek Gupta, Intel

Wubin Li, Ericsson Research, Montreal, Canada

Timothy Wood, George Washington University

Shriram Rajagopalan, VMware

Marco Cello, Nokia Bell Labs

Wei Tan, Citaldel

Manar Jammal, Western University, Canada

Yogesh Barve, Vanderbilt University, USA

Vatche Ishakian, IBM Research

Nadjia Kara , Ecole de technologie superieure, Canada

Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Container Technologies and Container Clouds