CLOSED: Microservices and Containers – Call for Papers


Final submissions due: CLOSED
Publication issue: November/December 2019

Please email Guest Editors Fred Douglis (Perspecta Labs) and Jason Nieh (Columbia University)
a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15 January 2019.
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Microservices, which allow an application to be comprised of many independently operating and scalable components, have become a common service paradigm. The ability to construct an application by provisioning these interoperating components has various advantages, including the isolation and independent development of tools such as key-value stores, authentication, logging, and many others.

Containers are one type of system infrastructure that is commonly used to support microservices. With container management systems like Docker and orchestration systems like Kubernetes to control applications and dynamically provision their resources, cloud services can be extremely scalable, reliable, and reactive. However, other systems beyond containers can be used to support microservices, and many applications others than microservices benefit from containerization.

This special issue of IEEE Internet Computing focuses on microservices and containers. Articles that emphasize one but not the other are in scope, but those that consider both of these important technologies will receive extra consideration. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following, but always in the context of the theme of the issue. (For example, a paper about Internet of Things but not microservices or containers would be in scope for IC in general, but out of scope for the special issue.)

  • Cloud, Edge, and Fog computing
  • Container platforms, such as Docker
  • Containers versus Virtual Machines
  • Embedded systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Migration
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • New advances, such as new containerization platforms
  • Orchestration, such as Kubernetes
  • Performance and Scalability
  • Preconfigured services
  • Security and Privacy
  • Serverless computing
  • Software delivery
  • System management
  • Testing

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s international readership—primarily, practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application.

Manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne by the deadline in order to be considered for publication. Submissions are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s readership.

Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Accepted papers will be lightly edited for grammar and formatting.