2nd SDMCMM Workshop

Secure and Dependable Middleware for Cloud Monitoring and Management


End users and businesses are increasingly relying on large-scale cloud computing systems to support Internet and telecommunication services such as e-Commerce, VoIP, business analytics etc., demanding quality of service (QoS) as well as quality of protection (QoP) guarantees from the system. Cloud providers typically use monitoring and management middleware to ensure that they can provide these guarantees to their end users.

The monitoring middleware needs to be able to detect failures when they occur in the system. Ideally the monitoring mechanisms should be capable of automatically inferring the root cause of any failures that occur in the system. In addition, system administrators often prefer better understanding of what might be going on in the system to make their own decisions besides relying on any automatic diagnosis provided by the monitoring middleware. In such cases the middleware must be able to generate effective visualizations that allow system administrators to quickly verify the results of the automatic diagnosis or to quickly infer an alternative root cause of the problem. In addition to these requirements, the monitoring middleware itself must be trustworthy and be capable of withstanding accidental as well as malicious faults. Building such a middleware is challenging due to the large amount of monitoring data that needs to be collected and analyzed, the necessity to recover and adapt in the presence of overloads or attacks, and ensuring the consistency of distributed and replicated monitoring activities.

Furthermore, the networking support needed for resilient communications that provide the above mentioned dependability and security guarantees for the monitoring and management middleware raises security issues that have not been addressed by the conventional networking community.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and system administrators who share the common goals of managing a cloud computing system to discuss new ideas and techniques for building resilient and trustworthy monitoring/management middleware for such systems. Participants will discuss novel ways of architecting such a middleware, verifying the resilience and trustworthiness of the middleware, their experience with using such a middleware in cloud computing systems and other hot topics in the area of secure and trustworthy monitoring and management. The workshop will be a forum where networking researchers will meet the cloud monitoring/management community who share the common objectives of trustworthy network and service operations.

Topics of Interest

• Architectures for dependable, secure and trustworthy monitoring
• Techniques for analysis and visualization of system data
• Determination of malfunction or misuse based on system data
• Novel instrumentation sources and techniques for monitoring
• Intrusion tolerance in data centers and cloud infrastructures
• Dependability and security in virtualization technology
• Network architectures for the cloud monitoring
• Network resilience in cloud monitoring
• Software Defined Networks for trustworthy cloud monitoring
• Service tailored transport for resilience in the cloud
• Traffic and load balance monitoring in the cloud

Important Dates (GMT/UTC-12)

August 23, 2013 September 6, 2013 -- Paper Submission
September 30, 2013 -- Notification of Acceptance
October 11, 2013 -- Camera-ready paper due

Submission and Publication

Papers should be no longer than 6 pages in the standard ACM format and must be submitted through EasyChair. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers with expertise in the area. Accepted papers will appear in a Middleware 2013 companion proceedings including all workshop papers, which will be available in the ACM Digital Library. At least one of the authors will have to register for the workshop and present the paper.
More information about the format of the paper could be found here:

All papers should be submitted in PDF format via Easy Chair here:

Workshop Committee

Workshop Co-Chairs

António Casimiro, University of Lisbon, Portugal (casim@di.fc.ul.pt)
Rajeev Gandhi, Carnegie Mellon University (rgandhi@ece.cmu.edu)
Filipe Araújo, University of Coimbra, Portugal (filipius@uc.pt)

Program Committee

Filipe Araújo, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal
António Casimiro (Co-chair), Univ. of Lisboa, Portugal
Eduardo Cerqueira, Universidade Federal do Para, Brazil
Patrício Domingues, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
Rajeev Gandhi (Co-chair), CMU, USA
Aniruddha Gokhale, Vanderbilt University, USA
Kaustubh Joshi, AT&T Labs Research, USA
Rüdiger Kapitza, TU Braunschweig, Germany
Paulo Maciel, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Rolando Martins, CMU, USA
Charles Morisset, Newcastle University, UK
Rui Oliveira, Univ. of Minho, Portugal
Paulo Veríssimo, Univ. of Lisboa, Portugal