Call for papers

The ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing 2013 (ACM SoCC 2013) will be the fourth in a new series of symposia that brings together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners interested in cloud computing. ACM SoCC is the premier conference on cloud computing; it is the only conference co-sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Groups on Management of Data (SIGMOD) and on Operating Systems (SIGOPS). As last year, in 2013 SoCC will again be held in Silicon Valley—at Santa Clara University.

The scope of SoCC is broad and encompasses diverse systems topics such as software as a service, virtualization, and scalable cloud data services. Many facets of systems and data management issues must be revisited in the context of cloud computing. Suggested topics for paper submissions include but are not limited to:
  • Administration and Manageability
  • Data Privacy
  • Data Services Architectures
  • Distributed and Parallel Query Processing
  • Energy Management
  • Distributed and Cloud Networking
  • High Availability and Reliability
  • Infrastructure Technologies
  • Large Scale Cloud Applications

  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Programming Models
  • Provisioning and Metering
  • Resource Management and Performance
  • Scientific Data Management
  • Security of Services
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Storage Architectures
  • Transactional Models
  • Virtualization Technologies
Conference Officers

General chair:
Guy Lohman (IBM)

Program chairs:
Christopher Olston (Google)
Hakim Weatherspoon (Cornell)


Steering committee:
Phil Bernstein (Microsoft Research)
Ken Birman (Cornell University)
Joseph M. Hellerstein (UC Berkeley)
Raghu Ramakrishnan (Microsoft Research)
Doug Terry (Microsoft Research)
John Wilkes (Google)

Program committee

Paper Submission: Authors are invited to submit original papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted in 10-point type using the templates available below. 

A submission to the symposium may be one of the following types:
  1. Research papers: original research work in the broad area of cloud computing.
  2. Industrial papers: presentations describing experiences with deployed, state-of-the-art cloud systems.
  3. Vision papers: speculative but well-reasoned, thought-provoking essays.
All SoCC submissions will be held to a high quality standard, and evaluated based on their originality, technical merit, topical relevance, value to the community, and likelihood of leading to insightful technical discussions at the symposium. Submissions will be kept confidential.

All papers must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM PST on July 2, 2013. No extensions will be permitted.  Page count and formatting limits will be strictly observed.


Poster Submission:  Researchers and practitioners wishing to showcase and get feedback on work that is in an early stage, and hence not yet ready for publication as a paper, are invited to submit a poster proposal. The submission deadline for posters is August 23, 2013.  See the call for posters for more information.

Paper submission guidelines

Papers must meet the formatting rules in order to be considered for publication. We cannot give extensions for reformatting. 

Page limit: these limits exclude references but include all other content (e.g. appendices):
  • Research papers: 12 pages
  • Industrial papers: 12 pages (shorter papers will also be considered, but not extended abstracts)
  • Vision papers: 6 pages
Fonts & format: 
  • Please use this LaTeX template, but explicitly add \usepackage{mathptmx} to get the correct math mode font.
  • Papers must be formatted using a 10pt font on 12pt leading for letter-sized (8.5" by 11") paper. The text blocks must follow ACM guidelines: double-column, with each column 9.25" by 3.33"; leave a 0.33" space between columns. 
  • Judicious use of color is permitted, but please bear in mind that not everybody has access to a color printer, and some people cannot distinguish some colors.
  • Include page numbers.
  • Symbols and axis labels used in graphs should be legible as printed, and not require magnification.
  • Limit the file size to less than 15 MB.
Reviewing is single-blind: author identities need not be concealed.

Submit your paper

The HotCRP site for submissions is here.


Camera Ready Preparation and Copyright Form

Instructions for the authors of accepted papers on how to complete your submission with copyright release and camera ready are available here. The deadline for the camera ready copy is September 15, 2013.