The 2nd Workshop on SErverless Systems, Applications and MEthodologies (SESAME)

The workshop is co-located with EuroSys 2024 and will be conducted in person (no remote participants), bringing the experts from academia and industry to facilitate research in serverless systems in Royal Olympic Hotel (room to be announced).

Proceedings can be found here.


Serverless computing promises cost-efficiency and elasticity for high-productive software development. To achieve this, the serverless computing platform must address two challenges: strong isolation between function instances, and extremely low startup latency. In this talk, I will first present a characterization of state-of-the-art serverless platform and derive several key metrics, which collectly forms a systematic methodology and a benchmark called severlessbench (v1 and v2). Then, I will show how serverless platform can be optimized for (sub-)millisecond startup latency for both normal and confidential serverless computing on CPU-only and CPU-XPU platforms. Finally, I will give a reflection on the gap between serverless research and real-world systems and present an outlook on future serverless computing.

Haibo Chen is a Distinguished Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he directs the Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems (IPADS). His main research areas are operating systems and distributed systems. He received Best Paper Awards from SOSP, ASPLOS, EuroSys and VEE, Test of Time Award from DSN, Best Paper Honorable Mention and Research Highlight Award from SIGMOD, Honorable Mention of The Dennis M. Ritchie Thesis Award (Advisor) from SIGOPS. He currently chairs ACM SIGOPS, serves on the editorial board member and co-chair of Special Sections of Communications of the ACM, Program Committee of SOSP 2023/OSDI 2024, PC co-chair of EuroSys 2025, and the inaugural technical steering committee chair of OpenHarmony, an open-source operating system deployed on hundreds of millions of devices. He is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow.

Enjoy your καφές!

Work in Progress: Quantifying the System Tax in Serverless Clouds. Leonid Kondrashov, Dmitrii Ustiugov (NTU Singapore)

Work in Progress: A Deep Dive into Autoscaling for Cloud-Based OLAP. Michail Georgoulakis Misegiannis, Jana Giceva (Technical University of Munich)

Sandboxing Functions for Efficient and Secure Multi-tenant Serverless Deployments. Charalampos Mainas, Ioannis Plakas, Georgios Ntoutsos, Anastassios Nanos (Nubis PC)

Serverless Confidential Containers: Challenges and Opportunities. Carlos Segarra (Imperial College London); Tobin Feldman-Fitzthum, Daniele Buono (IBM Research); Peter Pietzuch (Imperial College London)

Enjoy your lunch and give your cloud a break.

Composing Microservices and Serverless for Load Resilience. Dilina Dehigama, Shyam Jesalpura, Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh); Marios Kogias (Imperial College London); Antonios Katsarakis (Huawei Research); Rakesh Kumar (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

CoFaaS: Automatic Transformation-based Consolidation of Serverless Functions. Truls Asheim, Magnus Jahre, Rakesh Kumar (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

Work in Progress: Pay-as-you-Go Resource Isolation. Miguel Lourenço (INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa); Marios Kogias (Imperial College London); Rodrigo Bruno (INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa)

Work in Progress: Imaginary Machines: A Serverless Model for Cloud Applications. Michael Wawrzoniak (ETH Zurich); Rodrigo Bruno (INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa); Ana Klimovic, Gustavo Alonso (ETH Zurich)

Serverless End Game: Disaggregation enabling Transparency. Pedro Garcia Lopez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Aleksander Slominski (IBM Research); Bernard Metzler (IBM Research, Zurich); Michael Berhendt (IBM); Simon Shillaker (Imperial College London)

Serverless? RISC more! Roberto Starc, Tom Kuchler (ETH Zurich); Michael Giardino (Huawei); Ana Klimovic (ETH Zurich)


Important Dates (TBC)

  • Submission deadline: February 2nd 2024 Anywhere on Earth
  • Author notification: February 25th 2023
  • Camera-ready: March 10th 2023
  • Workshop: April 22nd 2023


Dmitrii Ustiugov (NTU Singapore), Rodrigo Bruno (University of Lisbon), Pedro Fonseca (Purdue University), Boris Grot (University of Edinburgh), Antonio Barbalace (University of Edinburgh)

Program Committee Members

  • Dong Du (SJTU)
  • Kostis Kaffes (Columbia University)
  • Marios Kogias (Imperial College London)
  • Marco Cali (AWS)
  • Rodrigo Fonseca (Microsoft Azure Systems)
  • Javier Picorel (Huawei)
  • Rodrigo Rodrigues (IST Lisboa)
  • Mohammad Shahrad (UBC)
  • Wei Wang (HKUST)
  • Xingda Wei (SJTU)
  • Tianyin Xu (UIUC)

Call for Papers

Serverless has emerged as the next dominant cloud architecture and paradigm due to its elastic scalability and flexible billing model. In serverless, developers focus on writing their application’s business logic, e.g., as a set of functions connected in a workflow, whereas providers take responsibility for dynamically managing cloud resources, e.g., by scaling the number of instances for each deployed function. This division of responsibilities opens new opportunities for systems researchers to innovate in serverless computing. As a new paradigm, serverless computing calls for innovation across the whole deep distributed stack of modern datacenters, including software and hardware infrastructure to combine high performance, ease of programming, efficiency of datacenter resource usage, among others.

The 2nd Workshop on SErverless Systems, Applications and MEthodologies (SESAME) aims to bring together industry and academia to discuss serverless computing and emerging cloud computing models. The goal of the workshop is to foster the discussion on the design and implementation of serverless platforms (i.e., how to deploy, optimize, and manage serverless infrastructure), and leverage their full potential (i.e., what types of applications and eco-systems of services need to exist to support serverless computing). The workshop is designed to ensure that industry and academia come together to discuss early ideas and promote cutting-edge research.

Please note that the workshop will take place in person, hence at least one author of each accepted submission must be present in person. 

Non-traditional topics, cross-cutting research, and controversial ideas are especially encouraged.

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

  • Serverless applications, benchmarks and evaluation methodologies
  • Serverless programming interfaces, models, language runtimes, and deployment
  • Heterogeneous architectures and accelerators for serverless clouds
  • Networking and storage systems for serverless clouds
  • Reliable, fault-tolerant, and available serverless systems 
  • Scheduling, scalability and elasticity in serverless clouds
  • Verification and testing for serverless clouds 
  • Performance and security isolation in serverless systems, virtualization
Submission Formats

The workshop will accept short papers and work-in-progress (WIP) talks:
- Short papers allow authors to present contributions in a short format of up to 6 pages. If accepted, short papers will have published proceedings via the ACM Digital Library upon the agreement of their authors (opting out is possible upon request);
- Work-In-Progress (WIP) papers are submitted as a 2-page extended abstract without published proceedings.

The dual submission format is designed to maximize participation and engagement. In particular, the dual format accommodates industry participants who may have limited resources to spend on writing the draft and the authors that may aim to publish a full conference paper later while simultaneously ensuring the maximizing benefit to the audience. The workshop will use a double-blind submission policy.

Optional appendix
Authors may optionally include an appendix (up to 3 pages for short papers and 1 page for WIP papers) as the last section of the manuscript; however, reviewers are not obliged to read the appendix. An appendix may include proofs of theorems, more details on methodology, more results, and anything else that can potentially answer reviewer questions. The rest of the manuscript may cite the appendix, but the paper should stand on its own without the appendix. Authors need not feel compelled to include an appendix – we understand the author's time is best spent on the main manuscript.

Declaring Conflicts of Interest
Authors must register all their conflicts on the paper submission site. Conflicts are needed to ensure appropriate assignment of reviewers. If a paper is found to have an undeclared conflict that causes a problem OR if a paper is found to declare false conflicts in order to abuse or “game” the review system, the paper may be summarily rejected.
Please declare a conflict of interest (COI) with the following for any author of your paper:
- Your Ph.D. advisor(s), post-doctoral advisor(s), Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral advisees, forever.
- Family relations by blood or marriage and close personal friends, forever (if they might be potential reviewers).
- People with whom you have collaborated in the last four years, including co-authors of accepted/rejected/pending papers, co-PIs of accepted/rejected/pending grant proposals.
- People who’s primary institution(s) were the same as your primary institution(s) in the last four years.

Author Instructions

Submissions should use the ACM acmart format and be submitted as PDF:
The format of your paper must strictly adhere to the ACM Format.

LaTeX: Use version acmart v1.77 or newer. You can directly download the LaTeX class file acmart and the BibTeX ACM Reference Format, which are also available from CTAN. Please use the sigconf style by using the following LaTeX class configuration:
Word: Download template from ACM format site. Please use the sigconf style by selecting the right template.

Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black-and-white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible. Citations do not count towards the page limit.

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