The 4th Special Session on High Performance Services Computing and Internet Technologies 
(SerCo 2020)


As part of 
The 18th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2020)
25 - 29 January 2021
Barcelona, Spain (Virtual/Online event)

 Paper Submission Deadline: 28 September 2020 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters

Since its establishment as a software design style, Service Oriented Architectures have taken the ICT world by storm. The Lego pieces logic thrived through Cloud Computing and it is now considered the standard approach in practically every application framework. The keyword for this success is adaptivity: Service Oriented Architectures are implemented through a wide range of technologies and tools leading to numerous combinations that meet the application requirements in the desired way. 

But there is a specific combination of application characteristics and requirements that seemingly put SOAs to the test: data-intensive tasks coupled with performance and temporal requirements. The challenge is justified because SOAs are simply not meant to deal with shifting large data volumes between nodes. And unfortunately this is a common problem nowadays: IoT and big data applications are simply two general application categories that come with exactly those characteristics and -more often than not- with the said temporal requirements. To a certain extent the problem is mitigated through the increase of the SOA infrastructures’ computing and storage node density while “stretching” them at the same time. Edge and fog computing as well as lambda services are emerging trends that validate the concept.

This special session on services invites research communities from a diverse set of scientific areas such as cloud, distributed, parallel and high-performance computing to publish their work and share opinions about applications, challenges and viable solutions to the potential new systems emerging from the need to deal with data intensive application tasks within a SOA and services computing framework.

The SerCo Session topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
The special session seeks works dealing with topics that revolve around the general combination of SOA, data intensive applications and temporal requirements. The technology space for this work may relate to the following not-limited list of technologies and use cases:
  • Foundational aspects of SOA, Services Computing and HPC
  • Service oriented computing architectures for Big data and data-intensive tasks
  • Internet of Things Technologies for Services Computing
  • Edge and Fog Computing
  • HPC Cloud and Services oriented computing 
  • Service-oriented Computing for Smart Systems and Cyber Physical Systems
  • Smart & Future Cities and HPC Systems
  • System Virtualization and Container infrastructures for Services Computing
  • Microservice-based systems and architectures
  • Model driven service engineering (MDSE) architectures and systems
  • Interoperability in Enterprises and Services Computing
  • Lambda and nano services 
  • Service migration and other approaches to Elastic Computing
  • Operations and Management for Service-Based Systems
  • Software Engineering and Programming models for Service Oriented Computing
  • Service-oriented Business Models and Business Process Integration
  • Standards and Specifications of Services
  • Service Security, Privacy and Trust
  • Ontology and Semantic Web for Services Computing
  • Green Web Services
  • Service-level Fault-tolerance
  • Robustness and Resilience
  • Services in Developing Countries 
  • Linked Open Data and Web Services
  • Service-based Grid/Cloud/Autonomic Computing
  • Quality of Service and Cost of Service management
  • Uncertainty in Web/Cloud Services
  • Services selection and recommendation
  • Crowdsourcing services 
  • Use cases for Service-oriented Computing 
  • HPC Machine Learning
  • Storage Services
  • HPC Cluster Management Services
  • Vehicular Services
  • Bioinformatic Services
  • Prediction and Evaluation of Service Performance Components
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Resource Management Services
You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to High Performance Services Computing and Internet/Web Technologies. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance, or notified otherwiseSubmission can be for
-  Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. 
-  Short papers (up to 4 pages), please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 4 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript.
-  Poster papers and Posters (please refer to  for posters submission details) will also be considered. 

Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. 

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the special session paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. 

Conference Policies
Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and soundness, presentation, language, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend (virtually) the HPCS 2020 conference to present the paper at the special session as scheduled. By submitting the paper to the HPCS conference, all authors agree to abide by all HPCS conference paper submission, publication and presentation policies as well as following ethical and professional codes of conduct, including those of the professional co-sponsoring organizations. For more information, please refer to the Authors Info and Registration Info pages

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2020 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly. 

Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website.
The most recent special issue of SerCo can be found at

If you have any questions about paper submission or the special session, please contact the special session organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- 28 September 2020 - Extended
Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------------- 06 October 2020
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- 16 October 2020
Conference Dates: --------------------------------------------- 25 - 29 January 2021


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Karim Benouaret   
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Patrick Hung   
   Faculty of Business and Information Technology
   Ontario Tech University, Ontario, Canada
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International Program Committee*:  
All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special session technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2020 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2020 Proceedings.
  • Sultan Basudan, Jazan University, ​Saudi Arabia
  • Athman Bouguettaya, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Christopher ​Chan, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien, Austria
  • Sayda Elmi, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Nhu-Hang Ha, Duy Tan University, Vietnam 
  • Pei-Chun Lin, Feng Chia University, Taiwan
  • Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE​
  • Lalita Narupiyakul, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
  • Mourad Oussalah, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Gwen Salaün, Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Akila Siriweera, University of Aizu, Japan

(* Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL:  or  or contact one of the Conference's organizers.