Theory and Practice for Integrated Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing Paradigms - TOPIC 2018

In conjunction with the 37th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2018)
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK
27 July 2018

Call for Papers:

Proliferated adoption of IoT has given rise to the fog and edge computing paradigms. As opposed to cloud computing, both fog and edge computing allow computation on data taking place closer to end users, thus improving data privacy and application performance. Nevertheless, the cloud will always exist to provide the last resort for computationally heavy tasks. The aim of this workshop is to capture and present research from a wide range of emerging topics related to modelling, designing and analysing of integrated cloud, fog, and edge computing paradigms. These have different ownership and operating objectives, preventing delivery of seamless network services across network/operator boundaries that is needed to support efficient pervasive and ubiquitous computing. For instance, it is difficult, if not impossible, to run operator A's content caching, data analytics and/or packet inspection services in operator B's cloud/fog/edge networks. Conventional techniques for cloud do !
not work well in such an emerging integrated environments since they make assumptions about unified networks and systems with highly reliable and low latency connectivity.

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and theoreticians characterise such cloud, fog, and edge integrated systems, and to explore theoretical underpinning necessary for modelling, designing, analysing and optimising of networks and systems that have heterogeneous connectivity (e.g., intermittent and highly reliable), owned by different owners and operators, for supporting pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Since there is no single organisation can control all of the devices across all networks, we anticipate that there will be strong need for addressing the gap on policy enforcement, billing and access to data, etc. Security and privacy issues will also need tackling due to the need for business secrecy.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
- Underpinning theory for integrated cloud, fog and edge
- Distributed algorithms
- SDN and NFV for cloud, fog and edge
- Distributed and decentralised system configuration and management
- Cross layer design and optimisation
- Systems and networks co-design
- Experience on integrated cloud, fog and edge deployment
- Big data analytics for IoT
- Simulation and performance evaluation
- Cross cloud, fog, and edge network policy management
- Cross cloud, fog, and edge security and privacy
- Compact routing

We invite academic and industrial practitioners to submit papers for this workshop. Potential authors can contact the workshop organisers with a draft abstract if they would like to confirm it is within scope and relevance to this workshop.

Authors are invited to submit original contributions written in English that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Submitted manuscripts should be structured as technical papers and may not exceed 6 letter size (8.5 x 11) pages including figures, tables and references using the templates available at, which include an optional free collaborative cloud-based LaTeX authoring tool.

To submit your paper, please access the submission system at:

Important Dates:
Paper submission due: 29th April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 4th June 2018
Final camera-ready papers due: 24th June 2018
Workshop date: 27th July 2018

Workshop Co-chairs:
Posco Tso - Loughborough University, UK
Amitabh Trehan - Loughborough University, UK
Iain Phillips - Loughborough University, UK
Lin Cui - Jinan University ,China

Publicity Chair:
Thiago Genez - University of Bern, Switzerland

Technical Programme Committee:
Luiz Bittencourt - University of Campinas, Brazil
Rafael Gomes - State University of Ceara, Brazil
Kiho Lim – University of South Dakota, USA
Edmundo Madeira - University of Campinas, Brazil
Lars Nagel – Loughborough University, UK
Eryk Schiller - University of Bern, Switzerland
Stephen Strowes – RIPE Network Coordination Centre, Netherlands
Eiko Yoneki – University of Cambridge, UK
Zhongliang Zhao - University of Bern, Switzerland
Michael Mackay - Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Takahiro Shinagawa - University of Tokyo, Japan


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