MICAS 2014


Management of resources and services in Cloud and Sky computing


3rd Workshop organized in conjunction with SYNASC 2014
AMICAS workshop jointly organized with the FP7-ICT project MODAClouds
22-23 September 2014, West University of Timisoara, Romania

The event intends to be an open forum for discussions about the state-of-the-art, the recent achievements and the future in breaking the barriers of Cloud adoption on large scale, barriers that are related to vendor lock-in, lack of common interfaces and standards and so on, shortly the ones hindering the vision of InterCloud or Sky computing.

Call for papers:
Original contributions are invited to be reported to the event.
The suggested topics are the followings (but not restricted to):

  • self-management in Clouds and federation of Clouds
  • applications using multiple Clouds
  • interoperability between Clouds
  • portability of Cloud based applications
  • run-time selection of Cloud services
  • reliability of Cloud services
  • auto-scaling techniques
  • scheduling over heterogeneous Clouds
  • dynamic load balancing between multiple Clouds
  • architectures for automatic management of applications based on multiple Clouds
  • model-driven architectures for multiple Cloud usage scenarios
  • open-source support for Cloud computing
  • tools, frameworks and processes to enable the transition from the traditional IT delivery model to the (multi)cloud delivery model
  • Cloud provider selection mechanisms to achieve performance and other non-functional requirements
  • security-as-a-service
  • SLA management for Clouds
  • experiences in moving an application to the Cloud
  • SME-related aspects of Cloud computing

Accepted presentations (programme available on SYNASC 2014 site)

  1. Marco Scavuzzo. A Distributed File System over Heterogeneous SaaS Storage Platforms
  2. Danilo Ardagna, Michele Ciavotta and Riccardo Lancellotti. A Receding Horizon Approach for the Runtime Management of IaaS Cloud Systems
  3. Weikun Wang and Giuliano Casale. Evaluating Weighted Round Robin Load Balancing for Cloud Web Services
  4. Lorenzo Cianciaruso, Francesco di Forenza, Elisabetta Di Nitto, Nicolas Ferry, Marco Miglierina and Arnor Solberg. Using Models at Runtime to Support Adaptable Monitoring of Multi-Clouds Applications
  5. Marzieh Malekimajd, Alessandro Maria Rizzi, Danilo Ardagna, Michele Ciavotta, Mauro Passacantando and Ali Movaghar. Optimal Capacity Allocation for executing Map Reduce Jobs in Cloud Systems
  6. Marco Miglierina. Application Deployment and Management in the Cloud
  7. Thi Thao Nguyen Ho, Amine Barkat and Alysson Diniz Dos Santos. OpenStack and CloudStack: Open Source Solutions for Building Public and Private Clouds
  8. Giulia Rumi, Claudia Colella and Danilo Ardagna. Optimization techniques within the Hadoop ecosystem: A Survey
  9. Massimiliano Rak, Umberto Villano and Mauro Turtur. Early Prediction of the Cost of HPC Application Execution in the Cloud
  10. Alexander Gunka, Stepan Seycek and Harald Kühn. Cloud Provider Independent Configuration Management using Automation with Puppet and CloudML – a Case Study


Model Driven Design of Cloud Applications
with a priori Quality of Service Guarantees


A tutorial will be organized in conjunction with the MICAS workshop.

Tutors: Danilo Ardagna (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Nicolas Ferry (SINTEF, Norway), Juan Perez (Imperial College London, UK), Marcos Almeida (Softeam, France)

Content: In this tutorial, we are going to introduce advanced model driven engineering tools able to support Cloud applications design, optimization, and deployment. These tools (developed within the MODAClouds European project) will be demonstrated through a business application industry case study. An overview of techniques for MDD functional development will be provided, highlighting the solutions developed for the Cloud, facing the vendor “lock-in” problem. Moreover, solutions for modeling, estimating, and optimizing at design-time the performance of Cloud software systems will be also presented. A positioning of the MODAClouds open source software stack with respect to other state of the art solutions will be presented, considering also the current OASIS TOSCA standard proposal.

Tutorial programme:

Part 1 Context and preliminaries
• Cloud systems: Introduction and overview
• Developing Cloud applications: Requirements and challenges
• An Industry Business Application case study
• Model Driven Design principles

Part 2. Model Driven Design of Cloud Applications
• MDD applied to Cloud applications design
• CloudML language and approach for designing and deploying Cloud Applications
• Other state of the art solutions for Cloud Applications modelling, CloudML vs. OASIS TOSCA
• MODELIO and CloudML tools demonstration on the business application case study

Part 3: Model Driven QoS Assessment and Optimization of Cloud Applications
• Solutions and tools for MDD Cloud software performance evaluation
• Baseline performance models: Palladio Component models and Layered Queueing Network
• Capturing Cloud systems performance variability: Random Environments
• Solutions and tools for Model Driven software Design time exploration
• MODELIO and SPACE4Clouds/LINE tools demonstration for the performance assessment and optimization of the business application case study


  • Call for papers: May 2014
  • Full paper submissions: 30 June 2014 11 July 2014
  • Notifications: 15 July 2014 1 August 2014
  • Registrations: 1 Sept 2014
  • Revised papers: 8 Sept 2014
  • Event: 22-23 Sept 2014
  • Publication in Conference Publishing Services (CPS) proceedings of SYNASC 2014: Jan 2015
  • Extended version of selected papers for SCPE: 1 December 2014
  • Notifications: February 2015
  • Publication of selected papers in SCPE: March 2015

Submission system:
The papers should be submitted at Easychair account of SYNASC workshops.
The paper can have up to 8 pages in the two-columns CPS conference style.
The papers selected for presentation and publication according to the reviewing results will be published in the SYNASC 2014 proceedings.

Programme Chair:
Dana Petcu, West University and Institute e-Austria Timisoara, Romania

Programme Committee:

  • Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Ivona Brandić, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Giuliano Casale, Imperial College London, UK
  • Francesco D’Andria, ATOS, Spain
  • Elisabetta Di Nitto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Erik Elmroth, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Maria Fazio, University of Messina, Italy
  • Teodor-Florin Fortiş, West University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Horacio González-Vélez, National College of Ireland, Ireland
  • George Kousiouris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Harald Kühn, BOC, Austria
  • Brian Lee, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Dan Marinescu, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Peter Matthews, CA Technologies, UK
  • Andreas Menychtas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • John Morrison, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Victor Muntés-Mulero, CA Technologies, Spain
  • Juan Manuel Murillo Rodriguez, University of Extremadura, Spain
  • Bogdan Nicolae, IBM Research, Ireland
  • Aida Omerović, SINTEF ICT and University of Oslo, Norway
  • Leire Orue-Echevarria, Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Spain
  • Massimiliano Rak, Second University of Naples, Italy
  • Arnor Solberg, SINTEF ICT, Norway
  • José Luis Vázquez-Poletti, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

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