[aosd-announce] CFP: 2nd AOSD Workshop on Aspects, Components, and Patterns for Infrastructure Software (ACP4IS)

Eric Eide eeide at cs.utah.edu
Sat Jan 4 00:24:12 EST 2003


	   Second AOSD Workshop on Aspects, Components, and Patterns
		     for Infrastructure Software (ACP4IS)

				March 17, 2003
			     Boston, Massachusetts

	     A one-day workshop to be held in conjunction with the
		      Second International Conference on
	       Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD 2003),
		 March 17-21, 2003, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The importance of ``systems infrastructure'' software --- including application
servers, virtual machines, middleware, compilers, and operating systems --- is
increasing as application programmers demand better and higher-level support
for software development.  Vendors that provide superior support for
application development have a competitive advantage.  The software industry as
a whole benefits as the base level of abstraction increases, thus decreasing
the need for application programmers to continually ``reinvent the wheel.''

These trends, however, mean that the demands on infrastructure software are
increasing.  More and more features and requirements are being ``pushed down''
into the infrastructure, and the developers of systems software need better
tools and techniques for handling these increased demands.  The design and
implementation of systems-level software presents unique opportunities and
challenges for AOSD techniques.  These challenges include the need to address
the inherent complexity of infrastructure software; the need for strong
assurances of correct and predictable behavior; the need for maximum run-time
performance; and the necessity of dealing with the large body of existing
systems software components.

This workshop aims to provide a highly interactive forum for researchers and
developers to discuss the application of and relationships between aspects,
components, and patterns within modern infrastructure software.  The goal is to
put aspects, components, and patterns into a common reference frame and to
build connections between the software engineering and systems communities.
Suggested topics for position papers include, but are not restricted to:

  * Approaches that combine or relate component-, pattern-, and aspect-based
  * Dimensions of infrastructure software quality including comprehensibility,
    configurability (by implementors), customizability (by users), reliability,
    evolvability, scalability, and run-time characteristics such as performance
    and code size
  * Merits and downsides of container-, ORB-, and system-based separation of
  * Architectural techniques for particular system concerns, e.g., security,
    static and dynamic optimization, and real-time
  * Design patterns for systems software
  * Component, pattern, and aspect ``mining'' within systems code
  * Application- or domain-specific optimization of systems
  * Reasoning and optimization across architecture layers
  * Quantitative and qualitative evaluations


The workshop will be structured to encourage fruitful discussions and build
connections between workshop participants.  To this end, approximately half of
the workshop time will be devoted to short presentations of accepted papers,
with the remaining half devoted to semi-structured discussion groups.
Participants will be expected to have read the accepted papers prior to the
workshop, to help ensure focused discussions.  Participants will work with the
workshop organizers prior to the workshop to establish topics for discussion


Invitation to the workshop will be based on accepted position papers, 3-6 pages
in length.  All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF, Postscript, or
MS Word format.  Papers should be submitted via the workshop's Web site.
Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop program committee and designated
reviewers.  Papers will be evaluated based on technical quality, originality,
relevance, and presentation.

All accepted papers will be posted at the workshop Web site prior to the
workshop date, to give all participants the opportunity to read them before the
workshop.  In addition, the accepted papers will be published in a Workshop
Proceedings as a technical report.


  Submission Deadline:		January 27, 2003
  Notification of Acceptance:	February 10, 2003
  Workshop:			March 17, 2003


  Don Batory, University of Texas at Austin
  Yvonne Coady, University of British Columbia
  Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo
  Eric Eide, University of Utah
  Dawson Engler, Stanford University
  Andy Gokhale, Vanderbilt University
  Stephan Herrmann, Berlin Technical University
  Wilson Hsieh, University of Utah
  David Lorenz, Northeastern University
  Renaud Pawlak, University of Lille
  Mario Sudholt, Ecole des Mines de Nantes
  Jan Vitek, Purdue University
  Jonathan Walpole, OGI
  (Additional members pending.)


  Yvonne Coady, University of British Columbia
  Eric Eide, University of Utah
  David Lorenz, Northeastern University

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