Middleware for Next Generation Internet Computing

7th MW4NG Workshop of the
13th International Middleware Conference 2012

Previous years:
6th MW4SOC 2011
5th MW4SOC 2010
4th MW4SOC 2009
3rd MW4SOC 2008
2nd MW4SOC 2007
1st MW4SOC 2006

December 3 – 7, 2012
Montreal, Canada


Program - Workshop Committee - Important Dates - Proceedings

Workshop Overview

While dependability and security become cornerstones of the information society, they are impaired by change, imprecision, and emerging behavior due to scale, dynamism, and heterogeneity. To address these challenges for next generation Internet computing, key extra-functional properties should not be an "add on" or an "end to end task" anymore, but rather built in by means of Middleware.

Service oriented computing, cloud computing, socio-technical systems, and Web 2.0-style applications are important steps for next generation Internet computing, but still fall short when non functional (a.k.a. extra-functional) quality properties (e.g., dependability, security, performance, and scalability) need to be addressed. The emerging Internet communication architecture (e.g., from projects on the Internet of Things, the Future Internet, etc.) also requires middleware support for delivering computing applications and services. We can see many Internet Computing systems following proprietary end-to-end solutions and being weaved with application-specific approaches. This clearly hinders re-use, which can only be successfully leveraged by Middleware-based solutions. This in turn requires new flexibility for Middleware (adaptivity, elasticity, resilience) and new ways of collaboration between Middleware and applications/services.

Therefore, extra-functional quality properties need to be addressed not only by interfacing and communication standards, but also in terms of actual mechanisms, protocols, and algorithms. Some of the challenges are the administrative heterogeneity, the loose coupling between coarse-grained operations and long-running interactions, high dynamicity, and the required flexibility during run-time. Recently, massive-scale (e.g., big data, millions of participating parties in different roles) and mobility were added to the crucial challenges for Internet computing middleware. The workshop consequently presents contributions on how specifically middleware can address the above challenges of next generation Internet computing.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012

09:00–10:30: Session 1

10:30–11:00: Morning Tea/Coffee Break

11:00–13:00: Session 2

Workshop Co-chairs

Karl M. Göschka (main contact)
Vienna University of Technology
Phone: +43 664 180 6946

Vladimir Tosic
NICTA, Software Systems Research Group, Australia

JosÚ Pereira
High Assurance Software Lab, INESC TEC and U. Minho, Portugal

Patrick C. K. Hung
Faculty of Business and IT, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Program Committee


Important Dates



This workshop has its own ISBN and will be included in the ACM digital library. Extended versions of the best workshop papers will be invited to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Internet Services and Applications, edited by Fabio Kon and Gordon Blair.