Special Issue on Utility and Cloud Computing Science and Technology




Computing is rapidly moving towards a model where it is provided as services that are delivered in a manner similar to traditional utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and telephony. In such a model, users access services according to their requirements, without regard to where the services are hosted or how they are delivered. Several computing architectures have evolved to realize this utility computing vision, including Grid computing, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Cloud computing, which has recently shifted into the center of attention in the ICT industry. Increasing numbers of IT vendors are promising to offer applications, storage and computation hosting services with conforming Service-Level Agreements (SLA) to ensure Quality of Services (QoS) and performance. Considering many of these services are hosted in traditional data centers, there is significant complexity involved in ensuring the scalability, availability, manageability and accessibility of applications, services and data, as the scale of the systems as well as the users grows. As a result, it is becoming important to investigate the use of cloud computing techniques and its interoperability with utility computing. This special issue focuses on principles, paradigms and applications of "Utility computing" and its practical realization especially in the context of Cloud Computing.


Scope of Special Issue


-         Principles and foundations for Utility and Cloud Computing, including pricing, service model and Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

-         Architectural models for Clouds: private, public, hybrid, federated, aggregated

-         Virtualization technologies: server, storage, network, fault tolerance, resilience, applications/resources migration

-         Cloud Computing middleware, stacks, tools, delivery networks and services on all layers (XaaS)

-         Cloud management: brokering, scheduling, capacity planning, monitoring, parallelism and elasticity, marketplaces, autonomic, adaptive, self-*, SLAs, performance models, Energy-efficient

-         Software engineering, cloud programming models, BigData, NoSQL, MapReduce, data mining, Data as a Service (DaaS)

-         Applications: games, social networks, scientific computing (e-science), business, IoT and mobile

-         Beyond technology: Cloud business and legal implications, such as security, privacy, trust and accountability especially in Utility contexts


Important Dates


Full Paper Regular Submission Due:    Sep 15, 2013

Extended Versions of CloudCom

and UCC Best Papers Due:                      Jan 15, 2014

Notification of Results:                            March 15, 2014

Revision Due:                                            April 15, 2014

Notification of Final Acceptance:            May 15, 2014

Submission of final revised paper:          June 15, 2014




This special issue seeks submission of papers that present "new" ideas for the first time in TCC, and encourages submission of "extended versions" of 2-3 Best Papers from IEEE CloudCom 2013, IEEE/ACM UCC 2013 conferences. All papers will be peer-reviewed and selected based on their "originality" and merit as per requirement of TCC.


Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.  Submissions must be directly submitted via the IEEE TCC submission web site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcc-cs, and must follow instructions for formatting and length listed there.


For additional information, please contact Irena Bojanova (irena.bojanova@umuc.edu) or Robert C. H. Hsu (chh@chu.edu.tw)




Rajkumar Buyya, The University of Melbourne, Australia


Guest Editors


Irena Bojanova, University of Maryland University College, USA

Robert C. H. Hsu, Chung Hua University, Taiwan

Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK

Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, USA