(SPCLOUD 2016)

The 4th International Workshop on Security, Privacy and Performance in Cloud Computing

Innsbruck, Austria


As part of

The International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2016) or

July 18 – July 22, 2016

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2016 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Cloud computing is transforming the way large-scale computation is performed. Dynamic scalability or “elasticity” provided by the cloud make high-performance computing accessible to everyone. However, cloud computing introduces new challenges with respect to security and privacy. Although virtualization addresses some of these concerns, it has a significant impact on performance: the actual gains in performance depend heavily on the predictability of physical and virtualized resources. Consequently, the balancing of performance against security and the adaptation of HPC or VLDB techniques to cloud computing are of strategic importance and will have long-lasting scientific impact.

The 6th SPCLOUD workshop brings together researchers and IT practitioners, to present new results and ongoing work on the themes of security, privacy, and performance in the cloud.

The SPCLOUD Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Secure Mobile Clouds

  • Reliability and Security of Cloud Environments

  • Monitoring for Cloud-Based Applications

  • Cryptography and Crypto-Protocols for Cloud Computing Systems

  • Parallel Computing With Cloud-Based Systems

  • Very Large Databases In The Cloud: Transactions, Backup, Security, Scalability

  • Security and Virtualization

  • Risk Management in Cloud Computing Environments

  • Usability and Human Centered Security for Clouds

  • Trusted Data Sharing and Shared Technology Issues

  • Untrusted Cloud Servers and Networks

  • Privacy Protection in Cloud Platforms and Operations

  • Autonomic Security in Cloud Computing

  • Intercloud Security Issues and Considerations

  • Insecure Interfaces and APIs

  • Insiders Threats

  • Security Models for New Services

  • Services Hijacking

  • Interoperable Identity Management

  • Information Hiding in Cloud Computing

  • Forensics in the Clouds

  • Cloud Infrastructure Security

  • Use of Cloud Systems for Scalable High-performance Computing

  • Performance Overhead of Virtualization

  • Monitoring of Cloud Systems, Alerts for Resource Consumption

  • Identification and Privacy in Clouds

  • Secure Mobile Clouds and Privacy Management

SPCLOUD welcomes submission of papers describing:

  • Experimental work to measure existing systems and applications

  • Industrial experience relevant to the Workshop’s themes

  • Theoretical work on specific new models

  • Software and hardware platforms from the angle of security and performance

  • Short papers describing ongoing work.

Submitted papers should highlight their application or relevance for cloud computing.


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to security, privacy, and performance issues in cloud computing. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the Workshop paper submission EasyChair site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission.

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the HPCS 2016 conference to present the paper at the Workshop.


Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings which will be made available at the time of the meeting. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2016 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed in major indexing services accordingly.


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for a special issue in an ISI Journal (the last special issue is going to be published in the Journal of Computer Security (JCS) – IoS Press).

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.


Paper Submissions: ---------------------------------------- April 14, 2016 - Extended

Acceptance Notification: ---------------------------------- April 28, 2016

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ------- May 21, 2016 - Extended

Conference Dates: ---------------------------------------- July 18 -22, 2016


Alessio Merlo

Computer Security Lab (CSecLab)

Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering

University of Genoa

Viale F. Causa, 13,

I-16145 Genova, Italy

Phone: +39 010 343 2344

Fax: +39 010 353 2948


Mauro Migliardi

DEI - University of Padua

Via Gradenigo, 6/B, I-35131, Padova, Italy

Phone: +39 328 1003221


Luca Spalazzi

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione

Università Politecnica delle Marche

Via Brecce Bianche

I-60131 Ancona, ITALY, EU

Phone: +39 071 2204829

Fax: +39 071 2204474


International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2016 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2016 Proceedings.

  • Sherenaz Al Haj Baddar, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

  • Ezio Bartocci, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • Mathieu Blanc, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), France

  • Matthias Buchler, Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

  • Roberto Carbone, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), IRST, Trento, Italy

  • Valentina Casola, University of Naples, Federico II, Italy

  • Aniello Castiglione, University of Salerno, Italy

  • LucaCompagna, SAP Research Center Sophia Antipolis, France

  • Gabriele Costa, University of Genoa, Italy

  • Jorge Cuellar, Siemens, Germany

  • Paolo Gasti, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA

  • Johann Großschädl, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

  • Dieter Hutter, DFKI GmbH, Germany

  • Martin G. Jaatun, SINTEF ICT, Norway

  • Rafal Kozik, Institute of Telecommunications, UTP Bydgoszcz, Poland

  • Jean-Francois Lalande, LIFO, Universite d'Orleans, France

  • Gabriele Oligeri, University of Roma Tre, Italy

  • Jose A. Onieva, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

  • Davide Schipani, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

  • Toshihiro Yamauchi, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or or contact one of the Conference's organizers.