2nd CfP: Second Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Upgrades (HotSWUp 2009, co-located with OOPSLA 2009. Oct 09, Orlando)

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From: Iulian Neamtiu <ineamtiu10g@gmail.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:42:24 -0700 (PDT)
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: conference, CFP
Posted-Date: 28 Aug 2009 19:54:11 EDT

                                                          CALL FOR PAPERS

HotSWUp 2009: Second ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Upgrades

                                              (co-located with OOPSLA 2009)
                                                            Orlando, Florida
                                                          October 25, 2009



The goal of HotSWUp is to identify cutting-edge research ideas for
implementing software upgrades. Software must be upgraded
regularly to incorporate bug fixes and security patches or to keep up
with the evolving requirements. Whether upgrades are applied offline
or online, they significantly impact the software's performance and
reliability. Recent studies and a large body of anecdotal evidence
suggest that, in practice, upgrades are failure-prone, tedious, and

HotSWUp is an interdisciplinary workshop, based on synergies among
the areas of programming languages (e.g., as reflected at
conferences such as OOPSLA or PLDI), software engineering (e.g., as
reflected at ICSE or FSE) and systems (e.g., as reflected at SOSP or
OSDI). By seeking contributions from both academic researchers and
industry practitioners, HotSWUp aims to combine novel ideas
with experience from upgrading real systems. The workshop builds on
the success of HotSWUp'08, where the paper presentations and lively
discussions attracted a diverse audience of researchers.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Programming language / runtime system / operating system support for
  software upgrades.
- Improving the reliability of upgrades (e.g., support for upgrade
  validation and for rollback after failures).
- Support for system restructuring (e.g., evolving APIs, changes to
  database schemas).
- Identifying dependencies between components and guaranteeing safe
  interactions among mixed versions.
- Coordinating and disseminating upgrades in large-scale distributed
- Tools for preparing, testing, and applying software upgrades.
- Human factors in software upgrades (e.g., usability of upgrading
  tools, common operator mistakes).


We solicit position papers that fall into one of the following

- Suggest how a successful approach can be applied in a different context
  (e.g., static dependency analysis applied to distributed-system upgrades).
- Refute an old assumption about software upgrades (e.g., by presenting
  negative results).
- Describe a new problem or propose a novel solution to an old problem.
- Present empirical evidence related to the practical implementtion
  of software upgrades.

Papers must not exceed 5 pages, in the ACM SIGPLAN 10 point format,
and must be submitted electronically at http://www.hotswup.org The
workshop proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library.


Submission deadline September 4, 2009
Acceptance notification October 4, 2009
Camera-ready deadline October 16, 2009
Workshop date October 25 or 26, 2009


Program Co-Chairs
- Tudor Dumitras, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  (main contact)
- Iulian Neamtiu, University of California, Riverside, USA
- Eli Tilevich, Virginia Tech, USA

Preliminary Program Committee
- Gustavo Alonso, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Taweesup Apiwattanapong, National Electronics and Computer
Technology Center, Thailand
- Umesh Bellur, IIT Bombay, India
- Gavin Bierman, Microsoft Research, UK
- Dilma da Silva, IBM Research, USA
- Danny Dig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Manuel Oriol, University of York, UK
- Mark E. Segal, Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, USA
- Peter Sewell, Cambridge University, UK


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