26th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Track on Service Oriented Architectures and Programming
21 - 25 March, 2011
Call For Paper
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For the past twenty-five years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been a primary and international forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, and application developers to gather, interact and present their work. SAC 2011 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is hosted by Tunghai University in TaiChung, Taiwan.
Although when considered from a purely technological point of view Service-Oriented Programming (SOP) is not an enormous novelty, when it comes to paradigmatic considerations SOP is quickly changing our vision of the Web. Originally, the Web was mainly seen as a means of presenting the information to a wide spectrum of people, but SOP is now triggering a radical shift to a vision of the Web as a computational fabric where loosely coupled services interact publishing their interfaces inside dedicated repositories, where they can be searched by other services, retrieved and invoked, always abstracting from the actual implementation. In the context of this modern paradigm we have to cope with an old challenge, like in the early days of Object-Oriented Programming when, until key features like encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, and proper design methodologies were defined, consistency in the programming model definition was not achieved. The complex scenario of Service Oriented Programming needs to be clarified on many aspects, both from the engineering and from the foundational point of view.
From the engineering point of view, there are open issues at many levels. Among others, at the system design level, both traditional approaches based on UML and approaches taking inspiration from business process modeling, e.g. BPMN, are used. At the composition level, although WS-BPEL is a de-facto industrial standard, other approaches are appearing, and both the orchestration and choreography views have their supporters. At the description and discovery level there are two separate communities pushing respectively the semantic approach (ontologies, ...) and the syntactic one (WS-BPEL, ...). In particular, the role of discovery engines and protocols is not clear. In this respect we still lack adopted standards: UDDI looked to be a good candidate, but it is no longer pushed by the main corporations, and its wide adoption seems difficult. Furthermore, a new different implementation platform, the so-called REST services, is emerging and competing with classic Web Services. Finally, features like Quality of Service, security, sustainability and dependability need to be taken seriously into account, and this investigation should lead to standard proposals.
From the foundational point of view, formalists have discussed widely in the last years, and many attempts to use formal methods for specification and verification in this setting have been made. Session correlation, service types, contract theories and communication patterns are only a few examples of the aspects that have been investigated. Moreover, several formal models based upon automata, Petri nets and algebraic approaches have been developed. However most of these approaches concentrated only on a few features of Service Oriented Systems in isolation, and a comprehensive approach is still far from being achieved.
The Service Oriented Architectures and Programming track aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners having the common objective of transforming Service Oriented Programming into a mature discipline with both solid scientific foundations and mature software engineering development methodologies supported by dedicated tools. In particular, we will encourage works and discussions about what Service Oriented Programming still needs in order to achieve its original goal, along with works proposing comparison among different models and technological solutions.
Major topics of interest will include:
Authors are invited to submit original unpublished papers. Peer groups with expertise in the track focus area will double-blindly review submissions. Accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings. Prospective papers should be submitted to the track using the provided automated submission system. Papers NOT presented at conference will NOT be included in the ACM digital library. Authors are allowed up to 8 pages, but with more than 6 pages in the final camera ready, there will be a charge of 80USD per extra page. Submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed.
The conference is running a double-blind review process. The submitted manuscript should not include any information which could reveal the authors' identity. The title section of the submitted manuscript should not contain any author names, email addresses, or affiliation status. If the submitted manuscript do include any author names on the title page, the submission will be automatically rejected. In the body of the submission, there should be no direct references to previous work of the authors. That is, phrases such as "this contribution generalizes our results for XYZ" should be avoided. Also, authors' own previous work should not be disproportionately cited. In other words, the submission should be as anonymous as possible. We need your cooperation in our effort to maintain a fair, double-blind reviewing process - and to consider all submissions equally.
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