Zurich, Switzerland, 21 December 2018

11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2018)
and 5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies (BDCAT 2018)

In conjunction with:

ESSCA brings together scientific progress with industrial requirements for future serverless development practices and application architectures. A full-day event on December 21 for learning and demonstrating the latest in tech and research on cloud functions!

We are proud to announce that ESSCA 2018 is preceeded by the Fourth International Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC 2018) on December 20, a workshop at UCC, clustering presentations of all technical-scientific advances around serverless systems in a single place during two days.

All ESSCA talks are now final! While we assemble the schedule, you may already register as participant. A call for participation is available.

Symposium Technical Program Overview

Notes: All sessions take place in the Auditorium room unless specifically mentioned. This schedule is preliminary. You can already download the schedule overview card or look into the detailed programme.

8.50 Tutorials welcome address

9.00 Tutorials (parallel sessions)

Image Erez Freiberger, Epsagon:
Monitoring/debugging AWS Lambda applications (tutorial)
abstract and bio

Image Andreas Nauerz, IBM:
Developing event-driven and serverless applications with IBM Cloud Functions & Apache OpenWhisk (tutorial, room D23) CANCELLED
abstract and bio

Image Diego Martín, UPM:
Building a serverless application using FaaS workflows (tutorial, room D27)
abstract and bio

10.30 Coffee break

10.50 Grand Opening

11.00 First talk session: Performance

Image Erwin van Eyk, Platform9:
Going FaaSter: Cost-performance optimizations of serverless on Kubernetes
abstract and bio
PDF slides

Image Maciej Pawlik, AGH:
Performance considerations on execution of large scale workflow applications on cloud functions
abstract and bio
PDF slides

12.00 Breakout sessions (moderated, rooms D23 & D27)

12.30 Lunchtime!

13.30 Second talk session: Bird's eye perspective

Image Mohammed Al-Ameen, USharjah and Josef Spillner:
A systematic and open exploration of FaaS research
abstract and bio
PDF slides

Image Andreas Nauerz, IBM:
Insights into real-world customer scenarios: What customers are really building using serverless platforms CANCELLED
abstract and bio

Image Daniel Barcelona Pons, Álvaro Ruiz Ollobarren, URV, David Arroyo Pinto and Pedro García López:
Serverless actors: a cloud challenge
abstract and bio
PDF slides

14.30 Breakout sessions (moderated, rooms D23 & D27)

15.00 Coffee break

15.20 Third talk session: Technology and mindset

Image Andreas Christoforou, CUT and Andreas Andreou:
An effective resource management approach in a FaaS environment
abstract and bio
PDF slides

Image Soubhik Das, Intel:
Serverless Computing - The biggest game changer having entrepreneurship within... CANCELLED
abstract and bio

Image Serhii Dorodko, ZHAW and Josef Spillner:
Selective Java Code Transformation into AWS Lambda functions
abstract and bio
PDF slides

16.20 Breakout sessions (moderated, rooms D23 & D27)

16.40 Coffee break

17.00 Lightning talks and demos

Image Soenke Ruempler:
Knowledge management: How Serverless forces organizations to *un*learn CANCELLED
abstract and bio

Image Yu-An Chen, ISI:
Feedback-based resource allocation for Serverless Computing
abstract and bio

Image Massimo Villari, UniME:
Osmotic Computing
abstract and bio

Image Oleksii Serhiienko, Apalia/ZHAW:
Distributed Lambda functions to improve and extend the functionality of cloud management platforms (live demo)
abstract and bio
PDF slides

17.30 Fourth talk session: Ecosystems

Image Yessica Bogado, PTI, Walter Ramón Benítez Dávalos, Josef Spillner and Fabio López-Pires:
Towards sustainable ecosystems for cloud functions
abstract and bio
PDF slides

17.50 Closing

Participant Registration

Registration is required to ESSCA 2018. Attendance is free for all properly registered attendees of IEEE/ACM UCC and BCAT 2018 as well as for students (proof required) within the available contingent. For all others, a flat fee of CHF 50 or 100 (at your choice) will cover our costs including lunch and drinks for the participants. This rule also applies to speakers.

Registration fees:

Category Fee Comment
Supporter CHF 100
Regular CHF 50 (until 10 December)
Student CHF 0 (until 10 December)
UCC/BDCAT 2018 Attendee CHF 0 (until 10 December)

On-line registration is now available! Register now! via XING Events.

Programme and Venue

ESSCA is planned to happen at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Toni-Areal tower adjacent to the Technopark. Detailed information about the agenda and how to reach the symposium will be made available in the coming months.

Symposium Proceedings

Proceedings of ESSCA will be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication and rapid dissemination after the symposium. The proceedings will contain all camera-ready papers, as well as abstracts on industry talks, tutorials, discussion rounds and other relevant material.

The website sections pertaining to the calls for contribution are archived below.

Scientific Track Call

We welcome original, decent technical and scientific contributions of any form related to cloud functions, Function-as-a-Service (FaaS), serverless computing and applications, as well as related technologies (microservices, cloud platforms, composition, ecosystems). All papers submitted to ESSCA will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers in single-blind mode.

Please consult the Call for Papers below.

Industry, Community and Education Track Calls

We welcome talk proposals, technical contributions, reports, informal discussions, tutorials and other inspiring and educational contributions. Please see below for submission information. Do not hesitate to submit emerging and unfinished work. We encourage you to consider updated versions of previous talks for these tracks.

Scientific Track Programme Committee

The committee for peer-reviewing submissions to the scientific track consists of the following members.

  • Maria Fazio, University of Messina, Italy
  • Martin Garriga, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Tyler Harter, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Višnja Križanović, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Theo Lynn, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Maciej Malawski, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Manuel Mazzara, Innopolis University, Russia
  • Lucas Nussbaum, LORIA, France
  • Claus Pahl, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland (chair)
  • Dan Williams, IBM Research, USA
  • tbc.


Scientific Track: closed
Lightning Talks: closed
Industry and Community Track: closed
Education Track: closed

ESSCA's schedule is driven entirely by its speakers with a rolling agenda. We will jointly advance the state of serverless computing and applications from theory to full-scale practice. Send proposals for talks, tutorials and panels to the respective track chairs. If you want to contribute but are unsure how, do not hesitate to contact us!

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Acceptance notification: 15 October, 2018 (following the extension)
  • Post-symposium camera-ready version (scientific track): 31 December, 2018
  • Publication of symposium proceedings: ca. late January 2019
  • Scientific Track: 1 September 1 October, 2018 (extended)
  • Lightning Talks: 15 October, 2018
  • Industry and Community Track: 1 August 15 September, 2018 (extended)
  • Education Track: 1 August 15 September, 2018 (extended)

ImageScientific Track
Chair: Josef Spillner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Accepts scientific paper submissions for peer review, talk presentation and open proceedings publication.

ImageIndustry and Community Track
Chair: Sebastien Goasguen, CloudGeneva

Accepts practical demonstrations and talk proposals on all topics relevant to the wider research community, experience reports and industry challenges.

ImageEducation Track
Chair: Fabio López Pires, Itaipu Technology Park, Paraguay

Accepts tutorials and short educational inputs as talks. Structured tutorials will be considered for inclusion into the symposium proceedings publication.