The annual ACM/IFIP Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, construction and use of middleware systems. The Industrial Track of the Middleware 2021 Conference solicits 6-page papers for presentation during the main conference (single track) and inclusion in the ACM Digital Library. The topics of interest are similar to those in the general conference call for papers. However, the purpose of the Industrial Track is to emphasize the practical issues, observations, and measurements of “real-world” systems and applications and to disseminate information of particular interest to middleware researchers, architects, developers and administrators.


  • Abstract Submission: May 15 May 22, 2021
  • Full Paper Submission: May 22 June 1, 2021
  • Author Notification: August 15, 2021
  • Camera Ready Deadline: September 30 October 15, 2021


The topics of the industry track include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience reports and measurements relating to
    • Deployments of Internet-scale environments, including grids, data centers, and other large-scale systems
    • Cloud computing middleware, for Infrastructure/Platform/Application as a Service Quality of service, quality of user experience
    • Scalability issues (e.g., observed real-life workloads and applications)
    • Reliability and availability issues (observed real-life faults, fault models, and recovery mechanisms)
    • Security issues (e.g., real attacks on deployed platforms and their impacts)
    • Middleware in big data and machine learning systems and applications
    • Deployments of embedded systems, sensor networks and Internet of Things
    • Deployments of blockchain-based middleware and applications
    • AI, accelerators for deep learning, and use cases leveraging it, such as self-driving cars and others
  • Approaches, mechanisms and tools for
    • Real-life deployment, e.g., hardware equipment management (installation, updates, replacement), management of data center buildings, network points of presence, “data center in-a- box”
    • DevOps, continuous software development, integration, and delivery
    • Resource management and analysis, e.g. autoscaling and scheduling
    • Operation and maintenance, e.g., install and upgrade, bug fixes, configurations and backup
    • Runtime management, e.g., monitoring, alerting, troubleshooting, and remediation
    • Economic, energy-aware, and environmental analyses (e.g. cost and/or energy impacts of various data center deployment models)
    • Security management, e.g., intrusion detection, and key management


A submission must be a single PDF file conforming to the formatting instructions of the ACM SIGPLAN style, which can be found on the ACM template page, and must not exceed 6 pages (including abstract, figures, tables, and appendices, but excluding references). The font size has to be set to 10pt. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines or that violate formatting will be declined without review. Reviewing is single-blind; papers must include author names and affiliations. Authors are required to add “(industry track)” at the end of their paper title.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Industrial Track Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, importance of contribution, technical soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work. The committee as a whole will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. The conference organizers, like those of other scientific conferences and journals, prohibit these practices and may take actions against authors who have committed them. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. If you are uncertain whether your submission meets the guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs.

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference and present the paper in person.

Please submit papers to HotCRP.

For the camera-ready instructions, please visit the camera-ready instructions page.

The Middleware conference adheres strictly to the ACM policies against discrimination and harassment.


Events Dates
Abstract Submission May 15th May 22nd, 2021
Full Paper Submission May 22nd June 1st, 2021
Author Notification August 15th August 22nd, 2021
Revised Submissions September 15th, 2021
Notifications of Decisions of Revised Papers September 30th, 2021
Camera Ready October 18th October 25th, 2021


Events Dates
Workshop Proposal Submission May 21st, 2021
Industry Track Abstract Submission May 15th May 22nd, 2021
Industry Track Full Paper Submission May 22nd June 1st, 2021
Doctoral Symposium Submission September 22nd September 29th, 2021
Demo & Poster Submission October 1st, 2021


Events Dates
Abstract Submission November 20th, 2020
Full Paper Submission December 1st, 2020
Author Notification February 28th March 3rd, 2021
Revised Submissions April 2nd April 5th, 2021
Notifications of Decisions of Revised Papers April 30th May 20th, 2021
Camera Ready June 14th July 7th, 2021
Conference December 6th – 10th, 2021