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Conference Name: Workshop Proposal @ CLOUD-II 2009: Business Modeling and Economic Performance Assessment for Cloud Computing
Description: [WSP@CLOUD-II2009] Workshop Proposal @ 2009 IEEE Int. Conf. on Cloud Computing

1. Workshop Title: Business Modeling and Economic Performance Assessment for Cloud Computing


2. Goals of the Workshop

The main goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers and industry representatives, providing them the opportunity to present recent research and development results, and discuss novel ideas on topics related to business/ economic aspects on cloud computing.

Workshop Format Organization:

The Workshop will be organized with oral paper presentations, followed by two rounds ‘Workshop Knowledge Tea/ Café’ on two subjects related to the papers (e.g., in order to assure less formal discussions among Workshop participants). A plenary panel and report will close this Workshop.

3. Names and addresses of the organizers

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Claudia-Melania Chituc (cmchituc@fe.up.pt), FEUP/DEI and LIACC

Francisco Restivo (fjr@fe.up.pt), FEUP/DEI and LIACC

Short Bio:
Claudia-Melania Chituc is with the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP/DEI), Portugal, where she has teaching duties, and LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory. She holds a PhD and a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Portugal), two licentiate diplomas: in Computer Engineering (from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania) and Economist specialized in Finances, Insurances, Banking and Stock Exchange (from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, Romania. She has pursued inter-disciplinary research in the areas of computers, economics, and mathematics in Portugal, USA (Purdue University—School of Industrial Engineering and PRISM Center) and Romania. She has participated in several national and EU-funded R&D projects. Her research interest include: service-oriented computing, system architecture, economic performance assessment, intelligent distributed (manufacturing) systems, interoperability in collaborative networks of enterprises. (More information is available at: http://www.fe.up.pt/~melania).

Francisco J. Restivo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, since 1988, member of LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory, and the Scientific Director and member of the Board of Institute for Development and Innovation in Technology (IDIT), Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, since 1999. Prof. Restivo has coordinated several national and EU-funded projects, has numerous publications in international journals, and served as member of the organizing committee of several national and international conferences. His research interests include digital signal processing, intelligent production systems, service computing, complexity management and e-learning. Dr. Restivo holds a DPhil. degree by the University of Sussex (1981) and he has been awarded the Third Millenium Medal by the IEEE in 2000. (More information is available at: http://www.fe.up.pt/~fjr/)

4. The names of potential participants such as program committee members

Proposed International Program Committee (tentative):
Liang-Jie Zhang, IBM, USA
Paul Hoffmann, SAP, USA
Maik A. Linder, SAP Belfast, UK
Randy H. Katz, University of California at Berkeley, USA (co-author of “Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing”)
Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks, USA
Frank Leymann, University Stuttgart/ IAAS, Germany
Thomas W. Malone, MIT, USA
Kumar Bhaskaran, IBM, USA
Wei Sun, IBM, China
Francisco Restivo, FEUP/DEI and LIACC, Portugal
Calton Pu, Georgia Tech, USA
Werner Vogels, Amazon, USA
Claudia-Melania Chituc, FEUP/DEI and LIACC, Portugal

5. Description of the plans for call for participation (e.g., call for papers)

Cloud computing has become a services delivery platform in the area of Services Computing. Clouds represent resources (e.g., virtualized hardware/ software) that can be exploited by a pay-per-use model. While extensive research is being pursued on technical aspects related to cloud computing, economic fundamentals of clouds and their analytic modeling receive little attention. So far, relatively scarce research has been pursued on clouds’ analytic modeling and performance measurements, and no study has published an economic model for clouds. Business/ economic aspects are of interest for both providers and users. Although several benefits of cloud computing are claimed (e.g., scalability, no up-front cost), an actual quantification of its economic benefits is not yet available. Several questions are still unanswered, e.g.: How can economic benefits (e.g., for both providers and users) of cloud computing (e.g., for commercial clouds, government clouds) be quantified? How performance can be predicted for clouds? Which are the business models for cloud computing? Which are the main decision criteria for service selection in clouds environments? Which are the most relevant economic theories to support the formal definition and economic performance in clouds?

This workshop on cloud computing aims at gathering researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, present and discuss their most recent achievements and lessons learned addressing these challenges related to business/ economic aspects on cloud computing.
We encourage the submission of papers describing research and development work on business/ economic related aspects on clouds, e.g., new concepts and approaches related to business modeling and performance assessment, tools and systems providing practical implementations supporting such models/ approaches. In addition, we are also interested in application papers discussing the power and applicability of these methods and techniques to real-world problems. Submissions of original and unpublished works are invited, including research, theory, and applications.

Topics of interested include but are not limited to:

- Business modeling for clouds (e.g., design, specification, operational processes and policies, value configuration, technical cost modeling, formal modeling for core aspects on business in cloud computing/ services)

- Economics of clouds (e.g., costs, payoffs, costs vs. payoffs)

- Strategies and strategic decisions for cloud computing/ cloud services (e.g., concerning optimal resource utilization; selection criteria)

- Analytics of clouds

- Methods, frameworks and methodologies synthesized for clouds’ performance assessment (e.g., performance indicators, benchmarking methods, frameworks)

- Life-cycle management aspects on cloud computing

- Self-management aspects for clouds (e.g., instant management of assigned resources)

- Theories and approaches synthesized for clouds’ representation and formal modeling, and their economics (e.g., cost transaction economics)

- Performance predictability for clouds.


6. Expected number of oral presentations: 12-15
Expected number of participants: 30.
Planned length of the workshop: 1 day.

Workshop Format Organization:
The Workshop will be organized with oral presentations of the accepted articles, followed by two rounds ‘Workshop Knowledge Tea/ Café’ on two subjects related to the papers (e.g., in order to assure less formal discussions among Workshop participants). A plenary panel and report will close this Workshop.

7. Plans for publicity

The workshop will be disseminated through the following channels:
- Workshop Web page
- Posting/ publishing workshop announcement
- E-mails to companies, universities, former project partners, etc.

8. Plans for proceedings
We intend to publish the articles accepted and presented at this Workshop in a special issue of a relevant international journal.

9. Description of past versions of the workshop
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10. The URL of the Workshop web site will be assigned by IEEE Cloud-II 2009













Conference Acronym: WSP@CLOUD-II 2009
Conference Email: cmchituc@fe.up.pt
Conference Site: http://www.confhub.com/conf.php?id=127
Chair Mail: cmchituc@fe.up.pt
Paper Submission Deadline: 2009-07-05
Review Deadline: 2009-07-15
Conference Creating Date: 2009-04-29
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When: 2009-09-25
Where: (CLOUD-II 2009) Bangalore, India
You can not join the conference now.(Commencing Date: 2009-09-25.)                        

 
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