Workshop held with ICAC 2010, Washington DC, USA, June 7, 2010
Subject & Motivation
Self-management, a key facet of autonomic computing, has been proposed as an effective approach to tackle the complexity associated with the design and management of modern-day software systems. Two prominent communities that have been studying techniques for engineering the software for these kinds of systems are the community of self-adaptive systems and the community of self-organizing systems. Researchers on self-adaptive systems mostly take an architecture-centric focus on developing top-down solutions. In this approach, the system reflects upon itself and based on a set of goals the system adapts itself to internal changes, changes in its requirements or in the environment in which it is deployed. Researchers of self-organizing systems mostly take an algorithmic/organizational focus on developing bottom-up solutions. In this approach, the system components adapt their local behavior and patterns of interaction to changing conditions and cooperatively realize adaptation. Self-organizing approaches are often inspired by biological or natural phenomena.
Whereas both lines of research have been successful at alleviating some of the associated challenges of constructing self-managing systems, persistent challenges remain, in particular for building complex distributed self-managing systems. Among the hard challenges in the architecture-centric approach are handling uncertainty and providing decentralized scalable solutions. Some of the hard challenges in the self-organizing approach are connecting local interactions with global system behavior, and accommodating a disciplined engineering approach. The awareness grows that for building complex distributed self-managing systems, principles from both self-adaptive systems and self-organizing systems have to be combined. The general goal of “Self-Organizing ARchitectures” (SOAR) is to provide a middle ground that combines the architectural perspective of self-adaptive systems with the algorithmic perspective of self-organizing systems. SOAR will be of interest to researchers, software engineers, practitioners, and students with an interest in tackling the challenges and developing practical solutions for complex distributed self-managing systems in which central control is not an option.
Goal and Research Topics
The general goal of “Self-Organizing ARchitectures” (SOAR) is to provide a middle ground that combines the architectural perspective of self-adaptive systems with the algorithmic perspective of selforganizing systems. Concretely, the workshop aims to identify the critical challenges and advance state of the art in self-organizing architectures by tackling the following key questions:
The workshop will have a highly interactive program with focused presentations and break out sessions for discussion, Presentations will be selected based on the relevance of the submitted papers to the key questions mentioned above. In addition, we plan to invite a number of experienced researchers for invited papers on the different topics.
Topics of interest to SOAR include, but are not limited to:
SOAR will be of interest to researchers, software engineers, practitioners, and students with an interest in tackling the challenges and developing practical solutions for complex distributed self-managing systems in which central control is not an option. Some examples of domains of interest are web-scale information systems, intelligent transportation systems, the power grid, and robotics.
SOAR welcomes the submission of theoretical, experimental, methodological as well as application papers which focus on the topics outlined in the 'goals & topics' section. Papers may report on completed work, descriptions of work-in-progress, or discussion topics.
Submisisons can be either regular papers and short papers:
The submissions must be formatted according to the ACM proceedings format. Templates and instructions can be downloaded from the ICAC website. PDF format is required.
Papers can be submitted via EasyChair 'SOAR 2010'
PDF format is required. The good receipt of your submission will be confirmed by email.
Camera Ready Papers
The page limit for camera ready papers is 8 pages. Papers must be formatted according to the ACM proceedings format (8.5" x 11" two-column format).
Templates and instructions will be sent to the authors via a separate email.
Publication ChannelsThe workshop proceedings will be published by ACM.
Paper submission deadline (extended): March 1, 2010
Paper notifications: March 22, 2010
Camera ready paper: April 2, 2010
Workshop: June 7th, 2010