The 1st Workshop on SErverless Systems, Applications and MEthodologies (SESAME)

The workshop is co-located with EuroSys 2023, bringing the experts from academia and industry to facilitate research in serverless systems on May 8th at DIAG DEPARTMENT (Via Ariosto 25 - Google Maps).

Proceedings are available here.

Thank you for the feedback!


Benvenuti a tutti!

All else being equal, it is a rational choice for an increasing number of cloud applications to be serverless: there is no need to think about allocating, configuring, scaling, and maintaining infrastructure, and you only pay for what you use. We envision a future in which only niche applications will need to worry about the abstraction of a server. However, there are many challenges to be solved, both for developers and for providers, to realize this vision. In this talk, I will discuss some of these challenges and work that we have been doing to address them at Azure Systems Research, and future directions.

Rodrigo Fonseca is a senior principal researcher at Microsoft and leads the Azure Systems Research (AzSR) group. The group is focused on innovative systems research, broadly construed, to improve the efficiency and utility of the Azure cloud, while maintaining the security and reliability expected from a public cloud offering. He is broadly interested in cloud computing, operating systems, distributed systems, and networking. He obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley, and prior to Microsoft was an Associate Professor at Brown University.

Enjoy your caffè!

The Night Shift: Understanding Performance Variability of Cloud Serverless Platforms. Trever Schirmer, Nils Japke, Sofia Greten, Tobias Pfandzelter, David Bermbach (TU Berlin & ECDF)

AWSomePy: A Dataset and Characterization of Serverless Applications. Giuseppe Raffa (Royal Holloway, University of London); Jorge Blasco Alis (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid); Dan O'Keeffe, Santanu Kumar Dash (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Work in Progress: The Neglected Cost of Serverless Cluster Management. Lazar Cvetković (ETH Zürich); Rodrigo Fonseca (Azure Systems Research); Ana Klimovic (ETH Zürich)

Towards Latency-Aware Linux Scheduling for Serverless Workloads. Al Amjad Tawfiq Isstaif, Richard Mortier (University of Cambridge)

Work in Progress: FaaSCell: A Case for Intra-node Resource Management. 
Christos Katsakioris, Chloe Alverti, Konstantinos Nikas, Stratos Psomadakis (National Technical University of Athens); Vasileios Karakostas (University of Athens); Nectarios Koziris (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Work in Progress: Separate Instruction Prefetchers for Serverless Systems. 
Kaifeng Xu, Georgios Tziantzioulis, David Wentzlaff (Princeton University).

Enjoy your lunch and give your cloud a break.

What Goes Wrong in Serverless Runtimes? A Survey of Bugs in Knative Serving. Tim Goodwin, Andrew Quinn, Lindsey Kuper (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Always-On Recording Framework for Serverless Computations: Opportunities and Challenges. 
Shreyas Kharbanda, Pedro Fonseca (Purdue University)

Work in Progress: Bridging language- and hardware-based isolation for scalable and secure serverless runtimes. 
Rodrigo Cidra, Rodrigo Bruno (INESC-ID, IST, ULisboa); Pedro Fonseca (Purdue University)

Enjoy your caffè!

Laminar: Dataflow Programming for Serverless IoT Applications. Tyler Ekaireb (University of California, Santa Barbara); Lukas Brand (HAW Landshut); Nagarjun Avaraddy (University of California, Santa Barbara); Markus Mock (HAW Landshut); Chandra Krintz (University of California at Santa Barbara); Rich Wolski (University of California, Santa Barbara)

A Study of Orchestration Approaches for Scientific Workflows in Serverless Computing. 
Abdallah Elshamy, Ahmed Alquraan (University of Waterloo); Samer Al-Kiswany (University of Waterloo and Acronis Research)

Work in Progress: Serverless FPGA. 
Fabio Maschi, Dario Korolija, Gustavo Alonso (ETH Zurich)

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 3rd 2023 Anywhere on Earth
  • Author notification: April 3rd 2023
  • Camera-ready: April 24th 2023
  • Workshop: May 8th 2023


Dmitrii Ustiugov (NTU Singapore), Rodrigo Bruno (University of Lisbon), Pedro Fonseca (Purdue University), Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh), Antonio Barbalace (University of Edinburgh)

Program Committee Members

  • Jonathan Balkind (UCSB)
  • Antonio Barbalace (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rodrigo Bruno (University of Lisbon)
  • Sameh Elnikety (MSR)
  • Pedro Fonseca (Purdue University)
  • Rodrigo Fonseca (MSR)
  • Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh)
  • Kostis Kaffes (Columbia University)
  • Djob Mvondo (University of Rennes 1)
  • Ingo Mueller (Google)
  • Mohammad Shahrad (UBC)
  • Dmitrii Ustiugov (NTU Singapore)
  • Wei Wang (HKUST)
  • Hong Zhang (University of Waterloo)

Call for Papers

Serverless has emerged as the next dominant cloud architecture and paradigm due to its elastic scalability and flexible billing model. In serverless, developers focus on writing their application’s business logic, e.g., as a set of functions connected in a workflow, whereas providers take responsibility for dynamically managing cloud resources, e.g., by scaling the number of instances for each deployed function. This division of responsibilities opens new opportunities for systems researchers to innovate in serverless computing. As a new paradigm, serverless computing calls for innovation across the whole deep distributed stack of modern datacenters, including software and hardware infrastructure to combine high performance, ease of programming, efficiency of datacenter resource usage, among others.

The 1st Workshop on SErverless Systems, Applications and MEthodologies (SESAME) aims to bring together industry and academia to discuss serverless computing and emerging cloud computing models. The goal of the workshop is to foster the discussion on the design and implementation of serverless platforms (i.e., how to deploy, optimize, and manage serverless infrastructure), and leverage their full potential (i.e., what types of applications and eco-systems of services need to exist to support serverless computing). The workshop is designed to ensure that industry and academia come together to discuss early ideas and promote cutting-edge research.

Non-traditional topics, cross-cutting research, and controversial ideas are especially encouraged.

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

  • Serverless applications, benchmarks and evaluation methodologies
  • Serverless programming interfaces, models, language runtimes, and deployment
  • Heterogeneous architectures and accelerators for serverless clouds
  • Networking and storage systems for serverless clouds
  • Reliable, fault-tolerant, and available serverless systems 
  • Scheduling, scalability and elasticity in serverless clouds
  • Verification and testing for serverless clouds 
  • Performance and security isolation in serverless systems, virtualization
Submission Formats

The workshop will accept short papers and work-in-progress (WIP) talks:
- Short papers allow authors to present contributions in a short format of up to 6 pages. If accepted, short papers will have published proceedings via the ACM Digital Library upon the agreement of their authors (opting out is possible upon request);
- Work-In-Progress (WIP) papers are submitted as a 2-page extended abstract without published proceedings.

The dual submission format is designed to maximize participation and engagement. In particular, the dual format accommodates industry participants who may have limited resources to spend on writing the draft and the authors that may aim to publish a full conference paper later while simultaneously ensuring the maximizing benefit to the audience. The workshop will use a double-blind submission policy.

Optional appendix
Authors may optionally include an appendix (up to 3 pages for short papers and 1 page for WIP papers) as the last section of the manuscript; however, reviewers are not obliged to read the appendix. An appendix may include proofs of theorems, more details on methodology, more results, and anything else that can potentially answer reviewer questions. The rest of the manuscript may cite the appendix, but the paper should stand on its own without the appendix. Authors need not feel compelled to include an appendix – we understand the author's time is best spent on the main manuscript.

Declaring Conflicts of Interest
Authors must register all their conflicts on the paper submission site. Conflicts are needed to ensure appropriate assignment of reviewers. If a paper is found to have an undeclared conflict that causes a problem OR if a paper is found to declare false conflicts in order to abuse or “game” the review system, the paper may be summarily rejected.
Please declare a conflict of interest (COI) with the following for any author of your paper:
- Your Ph.D. advisor(s), post-doctoral advisor(s), Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral advisees, forever.
- Family relations by blood or marriage and close personal friends, forever (if they might be potential reviewers).
- People with whom you have collaborated in the last four years, including co-authors of accepted/rejected/pending papers, co-PIs of accepted/rejected/pending grant proposals.
- People who’s primary institution(s) were the same as your primary institution(s) in the last four years.

Author Instructions

Submissions should use the ACM acmart format and be submitted as PDF:
The format of your paper must strictly adhere to the ACM Format.

LaTeX: Use version acmart v1.77 or newer. You can directly download the LaTeX class file acmart and the BibTeX ACM Reference Format, which are also available from CTAN. Please use the sigconf style by using the following LaTeX class configuration:
Word: Download template from ACM format site. Please use the sigconf style by selecting the right template.

Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black-and-white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible. Citations do not count towards the page limit.

Submission website (HotCRP): Closed 

© Copyright 2023 SESAME organizers - All Rights Reserved

Built with Mobirise web creator