Workshop on

Serverless To sErvE moRe at Scale


May 10 - 13, 2021.

To be held in conjunction with the 21th IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2021

Keynote Speakers

Michael Behrendt

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect Serverless & IBM Cloud Functions, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

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Michael is a Distinguished Engineer / technical executive in the IBM Cloud Development organization. Michael has a strong track record of accomplishments across product incubation, architecture, development, culture transformation and engagement with clients. Michael has been providing technical & architecture leadership to a WW team of many 100's of engineers, spread across the US, Canada, Germany, Italy & China, driving the development of the IBM Bluemix Core Platform. As part of that, he has been providing technical leadership for the world's largest CloudFoundry production deployment. He has been working on Bluemix since day 1 -- he is one of the 5 'founding members' of IBM Bluemix. In 2014, Michael initiated serverless efforts within IBM, where he initially worked with IBM Research on incubating what is known as Apache OpenWhisk today -- the leading open serverless platform. He drove the transition from Research to product development, resulting in a successful launch as a service as part of Bluemix in Feb 2016. In a prior role, Michael was the lead architect of the IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, representing the technical blueprint for all private, public and hybrid clouds IBM implements for customers and all IBM-hosted cloud offerings. Michael has been working in the cloud computing space since 2003, starting with On Demand, Grid and Utility Computing. Michael holds 34 patents and 12 publications.

Arpit Gupta

UC Santa Barbara, USA

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Arpit Gupta is an assistant professor in the computer science department at UCSB. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He built Sonata, a streaming network telemetry system; and SDX, and Internet routing control system. Both systems are open source and widely used in both industry and academia. Arpit’s work appears at top-tier networking and systems conferences, including ACM SIGCOMM and USENIX NSDI. His work on SDX received the Internet2 Innovation Award, the USENIX NSDI Community Contribution Award, and the ACM SOSR Best Paper Award. His thesis won the honorable mention at ACM SIGCOMM 2019. Arpit completed his master’s degree at NC State University and a bachelor’s degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.

STEERS 2021 Video Presentations

STEERS 2021 Awards

  • Best Paper Award

    QoS aware FaaS platform
    Sheshadri K R (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India) and Lakshmi J (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
  • Honorable Mention

    A Reinforcement Learning Approach to Reduce Serverless Function Cold Start Frequency
    Siddharth Agarwal (The University of Melbourne, Australia), Maria A. Rodriguez (The University of Melbourne, Australia) and Rajkumar Buyya (The University of Melbourne, Australia)


With the widespread popularity of Amazon AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Function, Microsoft Azure Functions, etc., Serverless Computing has gained significant impetus in recent times because of its simplicity. It is the next generation cloud service delivery paradigm and is also known as Function as a Service (FaaS). Almost all big players in the cloud have successfully launched commercially usable serverless computing platforms, although there are many open challenges in terms of their scalability and applicability for widespread deployments. These challenges are many-fold, starting from developing light-weight sandboxing platforms for FaaS supports, deciding optimal deployment strategies for function deployments, increasing the consolidation ratio of the functions, development of economic models for end-users as well as cloud service providers for their individual profit maximization, and so on. Given that majority of the cloud service providers now support serverless computing and direct function execution over the cloud platforms, a thorough investigation of the support systems is necessary through cutting-edge researches in this field.

Important dates

  • Abstract Submission: January 3, 2021
  • Paper Deadline: January 10, 2021
  • Extended Deadline: February 20, 2021
    (AoE) [Firm Deadline]
  • Acceptance Notification: March 8, 2021
  • Camera-ready: March 12, 2021

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Aim and Scope

This workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange innovative ideas, latest research findings, practical experiences, lessons learned, and future directions to propel the research on serverless computing. The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cloud to serverless: Gap, Issues and Challenges
  • Serverless Infrastructure
  • Virtualization platforms for serverless sandboxing
  • Serverless applications: Debugging and Deployment
  • Serverless computing: Benchmarks and Use cases
  • Serverless computing: Models, Businesses, and Marketing
  • Serverless Applications
  • Benchmarks of serverless applications and services
  • Serverless for the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain-based implementation for Serverless
  • Security challenges in Serverless computing
  • Economic models for serverless function deployments


We invite original research papers that have not been previously published and are not currently under review for publication elsewhere. Submitted papers should be no longer than 8 pages (including references and appendices) in two-column IEEE template format.
All accepted papers will be published as part of the CCGRID proceedings. All previous CCGRID proceedings have been published by the IEEE and available online through IEEE Digital Library (EI indexing).

Submission Link

Manuscript will be submitted through EasyChair
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Video Upload Instructions

Given the latest status of COVID-19, CCGrid 2021 organization committee decides to convert the conference to the online format. It is unfortunate that we cannot meet in person in May, but the health and safety of the conference attendees are our top priority.

The online conference will consist of two parts:

  1. Asynchronous video presentations of the papers that will be made accessible before the conference dates 
  2. Live online sessions for keynotes, best paper candidates, and award presentations that will happen on the days of the conference (May 10-13, 2021). Conference proceedings will be published as planned.

To prepare for the online conference, authors are requested to submit a recorded video presentation for each accepted paper.
These presentations will be uploaded to a CCGrid2021 YouTube channel and they will be publicly available and searchable. By submitting the video presentation, you agree to its publication in this form.

For preparing and uploading the video please follow the instructions provided here:

The deadline for the video submission is May 1, 2021.