The 2021 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2021)

SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2021



IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD) is a flagship conference focusing on innovative cloud computing techniques delivered across all “as a service” categories, including modeling, developing, publishing, monitoring, managing, delivering Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) in the context of various types of cloud environments (e.g., data-center cloud, cloud-edge, and hybrid multi-clouds).

IEEE CLOUD 2021 invites original papers addressing all aspects of cloud computing technology, systems, applications, and business innovations. Refereed paper reviews will be organized per the research tracks listed below. One special paper award will be provisioned for every special track.

[Special Track] AI in Cloud Software Engineering and Operations
(Organized jointly with the inaugural Symposium on AI in Cloud Software Engineering and Operations)

  • Observability with AI
  • Anomaly detection
  • Fault localization and root cause analysis
  • Predictive and proactive service management
  • Automation for remediation and mitigation
  • Security and compliance
  • AI for energy efficiency of cloud operations
  • Continuous improvement for AI-powered cloud services
  • AI for Cyberinfrastructure

[Special Track] Cloud Edge

  • Edge computing architectures, systems, and applications
  • Seamless terminal-edge-cloud computing
  • Edge computing for 5G/6G
  • Edge computing for different application domains such as industrial automation, smart transportation, and social applications
  • AI and ML at the edge and in the cloud

[Special Track] Cloud HPC (High Performance Computing)
(Organized jointly with the inaugural Symposium on Cloud HPC)

  • HPC workflows using hybrid cloud and supercomputer configurations
  • Use of cloud-native infrastructure (such as Kubernetes, containers, etc.) to solve significant scientific problems
  • Fighting COVID-19 with the cloud and HPC
  • Using advanced AI methods in the cloud for improving science and business outcomes

[Special Track] Cloud Programming

  • Cloud programming models and abstractions (e.g., serverless computing)
  • Cloud programming languages
  • Programming libraries/frameworks (e.g., Ray)

Cloud as a Service

  • Infrastructure/Network/Storage as a Service (IaaS/Network-aaS/Storage-aaS)
  • Platform/Function as a Service (PaaS/FaaS)
  • Software/Process as a Service (SaaS/Process-aaS)
  • Everything as a Service (XaaS)

Infrastructures, Systems, and Architectures

  • Containers, microservices, and serverless computing
  • Storage & data architectures
  • Cloud-centric network architectures and data center network
  • Software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV)
  • Hybrid-clouds & multi-clouds integration

Cloud Operations Management

  • Cloud metering & monitoring
  • Resource, configuration, energy, and data management
  • Cloud service adaptation, automation, and composition
  • Cloud federation and multi-cloud management
  • Distributed & parallel query processing
  • AI and ML for cloud operations management

Trust, Security, and Privacy

  • Assurance, audit, certification, compliance
  • Fault tolerance, high availability & reliability
  • Cryptographic algorithms and protocols
  • Cloud security and privacyTrustworthy cloud environments


Please download the paper template in WORD, LaTeX or Overleaf.

Language: English
Paper size and format: US Letter; Two-column format in the IEEE style
Page limit:

  • Every full paper submission can include up to 10 pages for the main contents (including all text, footnotes, figures, tables and appendices) with additional pages for appropriate references.
  • Up to three pages for “Work-in-Progress” paper submission (including main contents and references).
  • Please note that the above page limit will be applied without exception. Papers violating the page limit will regretfully be desk rejected.

Abstract Length: 1500 characters for a regular paper, and 500 characters for “work in progress” papers
Number of Keywords: between five to eight keywords for each paper
File format: Limit the size of a single PDF file to be 6MB

Anonymous Submissions: All conferences under IEEE SERVICES implement a double-blind reviewing process. Author names and affiliations should not appear in the paper. The authors should make a reasonable effort not to reveal their identities of institutional affiliations in the text, figures, photos, links, or other data that is contained in the paper. Authors’ prior work should be preferably referred to in the third person; if this is not feasible, the references should be blinded. Submissions that violate these requirements will be rejected without review. The list of authors cannot be changed after the acceptance decision is made unless approved by the Program Chairs.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers with confirmed registration and committed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. Recipients of “Best Paper”, “Best Student Paper”, and special paper awards will be presented with award certificates and cash prizes in the to-be-recorded Awards session of the conference. The authors of selected papers will be encouraged to submit extended and enhanced versions of their papers to the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) and other suitable journals.

Submitted Regular and Work-in-Progress papers are REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the page limit will not be reviewed.


Please submit your CLOUD paper at


Optional early paper submission: March 1, 2021
Improvement suggestions to early papers: April 1, 2021
Normal paper submission: April 30, 2021
Rebuttal phase: June 15-21, 2021
Final notification to authors: June 30, 2021
Camera-ready paper and registration due: July 21, 2021


IEEE Policy and professional ethics require that referees treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge, which that access provides. Contents of abstracts submitted to conference program committees should be regarded as privileged as well, and handled in the same manner. The Conference Publications Chair shall ensure that referees adhere to this practice.

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