4th Workshop on Scalable and Resilient Infrastructures for Distributed Ledgers (SERIAL 2020)

December 7th - 11th, 2020

Call for Papers

Text-only version of the CFP

With the rise of digital currencies and distributed ledger infrastructures, a multitude of novel application scenarios are currently being discussed and evaluated. In essence, these technologies promise to crosscut and change a large variety of digital interactions. At the same time, the underlying infrastructures supporting these technologies are rapidly being developed and deployed, and their resilience and scalability is key for success.

The already 4th SERIAL workshop, once again colocated with the Middleware conference, continues the successful series of scientific forums addressing the above themes. It aims to investigate system support to foster resilience and scalability of decentralized infrastructures such as distributed ledger ecosystems, but also addresses resilience support for more traditional Internet-based services.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • System support for blockchain
  • System support for resource-limited devices and blockchain
  • Resilient agreement protocols
  • Trusted execution for improved resilience of decentralized infrastructures
  • Blockchain consistency
  • Cryptocurrency attacks and incentives
  • Smart contract performance and security
  • Blockchain soft and hard forks
  • Anonymity and confidentiality in distributed ledgers
  • Governance of distributed ledgers
  • Scalability of distributed ledgers

Format of the workshop

The goal of the workshop is to foster collaboration and discussion among researchers and practitioners in this field. The workshop will be one full day. The program should primarily include presentations by authors of accepted papers (the workshop will have proceedings in the ACM digital library). Other elements will be one or two invited presentations and a panel ending the day with an open discussion with the workshop audience.

Important dates

  • September 5, 2020 - Paper submission (extended)
  • September 25, 2020 - Notification of acceptance
  • October 9, 2020 - Camera ready version

Submission Guidelines

SERIAL welcomes submissions in two formats:

  • Regular research papers of at most 4 pages including references (previously unpublished work, will be published in proceedings)
  • Extended abstracts of at most 1-2 pages including references as position papers, controversial ideas and summary of already published work (will not be included in proceedings but will be presented during the workshop)

Submitted papers must adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM SIGPLAN style, which can be found on the ACM template page. Authors are further strongly encouraged to use a 10pt font instead of 9pt one.

Submissions should be in PDF and entered on the submission page:

Reviewing is single-blind. This means that the names and affiliations of the authors must appear in the submitted papers. Each paper will receive at least three reviews from members of the program committee. Submissions that do not respect the formatting requirement may be rejected without review.