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Call for papers

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Call for papers

We solicit original contributions on all aspects of cloud computing. We particularly encourage submissions on the research, development, practice, and experience of cloud computing systems and data management. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to the following, when related to the cloud:

  • Administration and Manageability
  • Blockchain Systems
  • Cross Datacenter Data Management
  • Datacenter Architectures
  • Data Markets
  • Distributed and Parallel Query Processing
  • Distributed/Networked Systems
  • Edge Computing and 5G
  • Energy Efficiency and Management
  • Fault Tolerance, High Availability, and Reliability
  • IoT Infrastructure
  • Large Scale Cloud Applications
  • Services and Systems for Machine Learning
  • Machine Learning for Systems
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Networking, e.g., SDN, WAN traffic shaping
  • Operating Systems for the Cloud
  • Platforms as a Service
  • Privacy of Data and Computation
  • Programming Models, e.g., serverless and microservices
  • Provisioning and Metering
  • Query Optimization
  • Resource Management
  • Scientific Data Management
  • Security of Cloud Infrastructure and Services
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Storage Systems and New Technologies
  • Tracing and Monitoring Systems for the Cloud
  • Transactional Models
  • Virtualization, Containers, VMs

Submission categories

Authors can submit a paper in one of the following categories:

  • Research Papers (12 pages): describe original research, where novelty is a primary consideration.
  • Industry and System Papers (12 pages): describe important industrial advances and application achievements. It encourages work on applying recent research advances to real-world problems and industrial systems. Moreover, new applications, novel systems, challenging real-world use cases, practical customer case studies, as well as analysis of applied technology in an industrial context are highly welcome.
  • Vision Papers (6 pages): describe speculative but well-reasoned and thought-provoking ideas, where insight is a primary consideration. Vision papers should present ideas and solutions that differ from prior work and the status quo. A full-fledged system implementation is not required, but empirical evidence and measurements may be helpful in illustrating the feasibility of the proposed vision.

Submissions will be judged based on their originality, technical merit, relevance, value to the community, and likelihood of producing interesting discussions at the symposium. Submissions will be kept confidential until accepted. Rejected submissions will be kept confidential permanently.

Submission guidelines

Authors must submit original papers that are not being considered for publication in other forums. Submissions cannot be accompanied by nondisclosure, confidentiality, or similar agreements. Further, all submitted papers must cite and clearly differentiate from relevant prior publications, including workshop papers from the same or other authors.

Papers that violate the below requirements will be rejected without reviews. Judicious use of color is permitted, but the paper should print clearly in black and white. Non-rejected papers will be shepherded, and final acceptance will be conditional on the shepherd’s approval.

Reviewing for Research and Vision papers is double-anonymous (i.e., author identities will be kept confidential from reviewers during the review process, and vice versa). Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions, and they should not identify themselves either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions violating the detailed formatting and anonymization rules will not be considered for review.

Reviewing for Industry and System papers is transparent with respect to the company/product, but double-anonymous with respect to the authors. That is, you need not anonymize the company or products/services you are referring to. However, you should not reveal the paper’s author names directly in your submission.

If you are uncertain about how to anonymize your submission, please contact the program co-chairs (contacts at the end of the page) well in advance of the submission deadline.


Submissions can have up to 12 pages for Research and Industry papers, and 6 pages for Vision papers; this limit includes the title, abstract, and appendices. Bibliographic references are not included in the page limit. Use US letter paper size, with all text and figures fitting inside a (7 x 9 in) block centered on the page, using two columns separated by 0.33 in of whitespace. Use 10-point font on 12-point (single-spaced) leading. Graphs and figures should be readable when printed in grayscale, without magnification. All pages should be numbered and references within the paper should be hyperlinked.

Submissions violating these rules will not be considered for publication, and there will be no extensions for fixing violations. We encourage you to upload an early draft of the paper well before the deadline to check if the paper meets the formatting rules.

Most of these rules are automatically applied when using the official SIGPLAN Latex or MS Word templates from the ACM, which we recommend using for submission. For Latex, we recommend you use:

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Paper type

After the author list, papers should indicate the submission type (research, industry, vision).

Guidance on Inclusion

Submitters are encouraged to use inclusive language and examples in their papers. This includes using inclusive language in gendered nouns and pronouns (for example, see this article on gender-inclusive language), and inclusive examples when describing people (for example, see this blogpost on inclusive examples).


Registration deadline: May 21 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT
You can register new submissions until this deadline.
Submission deadline: May 28 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT
Papers must be submitted by this deadline to be reviewed.
Author Response Period: Aug 16-18, 2021
Author Notification: August 27, 2021

Submission site

The paper submission site is now online at


Email any questions you have to the PC chairs: Georgia Koutrika ( and Ravi Netravali (