Architecting Self-Managing Distributed Systems

Distributed computing systems, by their very nature, consist of hardware and software components with spatial structures executing temporal evolution of computations that are designed to deliver an intent (or function). However as scale and fluctuations disturb the evolution often dictated by the distributed computing system interacting with its environment, adjusting the resources to assure the evolution to deliver the intent is often ad-hoc and it results in complexity and cost.

There are calls for re-examining the distributed computing models to infuse cognition and thus introduce self-management properties to cope with such changes and dynamically adjust the resources to deliver the intent efficiently. This workshop is meant to address the current limitations and examine new approaches to create self-managing distributed systems that improve resiliency, scaling and efficiency in delivering the system intent while coping with fluctuations.


The outcome of the workshop will be an increased shared understanding of challenges and opportunities in distributed computing system architecting by means of self-management with elements of cognitive computing.

We expect papers addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:

Call for Papers

The workshop will accept two types of papers: long papers with 8 pages and short papers with 4 pages. The long papers should present the ongoing research, novel ideas with preliminary results, advances of the state of the art, analysis of the current results in state of the art or state of the practice, or experience in implementing some of the theories. The short papers should focus more on novel ideas, some very preliminary results, suggested research directions, and similar.

The papers will be published in ACM proceedings. Submissions must follow the ACM SIG Proceedings Style, 2-column. Templates can be downloaded at:

In addition our expectations are to get several excellent contributions that can be extended and published in the journal Information.

The papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. We use EasyChair as the conference management system. At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop. Otherwise, the paper cannot be included in the proceedings.

EasyChair paper submission site

Workshop format

The sessions will include paper presentations followed by discussions. In addition to these sessions, we will have a keynote and invited speakers. We will also have a concluding, discussion-oriented session.

Important dates

Abstract (<200 words):
May 25, 2015
Paper submissions: June 5, 2015
Notification of acceptance: June 19, 2015
Camera-ready papers: June 29, 2015

Contact Us

Rao Mikkilineni,
C3 DNA Inc. Santa Clara, California 95054, USA,

Gordana Dodig Crnkovic,
Chalmers University of Technology & University of Gothenburg, Sweden,