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The EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems (ToCS) is an international venue for publishing innovative and cutting edge results on the convergence of next-generation technologies and methodologies reshaping our way of living. The emerging converged platform for growth and innovation is built on four technology pillars: mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.

Researchers and practitioners involved in cloud systems can publish information on theory, engineering principles, enabling technologies, and practical experiences related to cloud systems. ToCS will offer an end-to-end view on the challenges and technologies in cloud systems, foster research that addresses the interaction between and across the different technology pillars, and ultimately help shape the future of cloud systems as they transform business and society.

Technical papers describing original, previously unpublished work, not currently under review by another conference or journal, are solicited. ToCS is interested both in research contributions and industrial experiences involving any of the associated areas: cloud computing, services development and operations, big data and analytics, and social networks. Technical papers that take a broad systems perspective and identify how the work fits to an overall solution are particularly of interest. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Anything as a Service (XaaS),  for example: Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Business process as a service (BPaaS) or Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS)
  • Cloud architecture and foundation services
  • Big data management and analytics
  • Internet of things (IoT) and Mobile Cloud
  • Virtualization technology
  • The virtual enterprise, software defined networks (SDN), Network Function virtualization (NFV), software defined Storage, Data virtualization, etc.
  • Cloud security, privacy, and trust
  • Workload deployment and migration
  • Resource management provisioning and load balancing
  • Energy management in cloud centers
  • Cloud programming models and tools
  • Private, Public, Hybrid and Federated clouds
  • API management, collaboration and integration
  • Content distribution and management
  • Service lifecycle management
  • Service management automation
  • Cloud computing programming models
  • Multi-tenancy
  • Discovery of services and data
  • Monitoring and Metering
  • Systems  of records and systems of engagement
  • Business models, pricing, and software licensing
  • Modeling and Testing very large infrastructures
  • Standardization, regulation and  compliance management


Eliezer Dekel, IBM Research – Haifa, Israel Eliezer Dekel is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect for Distributed Systems in IBM Research - Haifa. In his current role he focuses on developing infrastructure technologies for very large scale distributed systems. Eliezer Dekel is a steering board member of the European Alliance for Innovations (EAI). He is the editor in chief of ICST Transaction on Financial Systems and an associate editor of ACM Computing Surveys. Dr. Dekel served on numerous conferences program committees and organized, or served as chair in some of them. Since joining the Haifa Research Lab in 1992, he has been involved in research in the areas of distributed and fault-tolerant computing, service-oriented technology, and software engineering. He is currently working on technologies for providing Quality of Service, with a focus on dependability, in very large scale multi-tier and multi-layered environments. For this area he initiated together with colleagues the very successful International Workshop on Large Scale Distributed Systems and Middleware (LADIS). This workshop is sponsored by ACM. It was one of the first workshops to focus on the foundations of "cloud computing." Eliezer is also involved in several EU Commission ICT funded projects. Eliezer has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, and a B.Sc. in mathematics from Ben Gurion University, Israel. Prior to joining IBM Research - Haifa, Eliezer served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas computer science department for over ten years.


Maria Fazio is Assistant Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the University of Messina. Since 2002, her research activity has been focusing on distributed systems and wireless communications, especially with regard to wireless multi-hop networks, Grid and Cloud computing. She has been actively involved at the University of Messina in the design and development of a Cloud middleware, called Clever, able to offer several types of Cloud services. Her research work has been accomplished in collaboration with many national and international research groups, and she has been involved in several national and international projects, such as the EU-FP7 RESERVOIR (2008 - 2011), EU-FP7 VISION Cloud (2010-2013), EU-FP7 CloudWave (2013-16), EU-H2020 BEACON (2015-17). She was co-editor of some Special Issue published on international journal (e.g., Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience, Scientific International Journal for Parallel and Distributed Computing).  At present, she is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking (IGI Publishing), and of the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities. She served as chair in several conferences and workshops (e.g., EAI International Conference on Cloud Computing Networking for IoT systems, Twenty first IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, Fourth European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing) and organized some of them (e.g., Workshop on Cloud for IoT, Workshop on Big Data: Applications and Methods)

Editorial Board

Luciano Baresi, Politechnico di Milano, Italy
Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada
Marios D. Dikaiakos,  University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Marcel Kunze, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Chandra Krintz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Jean-Philippe Martin-Flatin, EPFL, Switzerland
Domenico Talia, Università della Calabria, Italy  
Roman Vitenberg, University of Oslo, Norway
Lizhe Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Nik Bessis, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK 
Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Timişoara, Romania
Massimo Villari, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
Manuele Kirsch Pinheiro, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
Florin Pop, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania
Mirco Marchetti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
Vasilios Andrikopoulos, University of Stuttgart, Germany 



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