Third Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Upgrades (HotSWUp'11)
Hannover - Germany, April 16 2011

Call for Papers

We solicit position papers on software upgrades. We are interested in papers that address practical as well as theoretical aspects of software upgrades from large scale to embedded applications. This year,  HotSWUp is co-located with ICDE 2011 and we are also particularly interested in software upgrade issues in database systems.  Preferably, submissions should fall into one of the following categories:

  • 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 implementation of software upgrades.

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

  • Upgrading Information Systems under Schema Evolution.
  • Programming language / operating system / database support for software upgrades.
  • Improving the reliability of upgrades (e.g., support for upgrade validation and for rollback after failures).
  • Support for system or data 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 systems.
  • Software upgrades and the Cloud Computing Infrastructure.
  • Tools for preparing, testing, and applying software upgrades.
  • Human factors in software upgrades (e.g., usability of upgrading tools, common operator mistakes).

Program Committee

Rida A. Bazzi, Arizona State University , USA (co-chair)
Carlo Aldo Curino, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Fabien Dagnat, Telecom Bretagne, France
Johann Eder, University of Vienna, Austria
Michael Hicks, University of Maryland (co-chair, main contact)
Manuel Oriol, University of York, UK
George Papastefanatos, Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Greece
Paolo Papotti, Universitą Roma Tre, Italy
Jason Nieh, Columbia University, USA
Mark Segal, Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, USA
Liuba Shrira, Brandeis University, USA
Xin Qi, Facebook, USA
Carlo Zaniolo, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (co-chair)

Submission Instructions

All papers must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, at Submissions must not exceed 5 pages, in the IEEE camera-ready format. Templates for Word and LaTeX are available at IEEE Templates.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline:  15  24 November 2010 (closed)
  • Acceptance notification: 15 December 2010
  • Camera-ready deadline: 3 January 2011
  • Workshop day: 16 April 2011