FORTE 2021 is one of the three conferences of DisCoTec 2021, the 16th International Federated Conference on Distributed Computing Techniques.
FORTE 2021 is a forum for fundamental research on theory, models, tools, and applications for distributed systems.
The conference solicits original contributions that advance the science and technology for distributed systems, with special interest in:
Aligned with the above, FORTE covers models and formal specification, testing and verification methods for distributed computing. Application domains are multiple, and include all kinds of application-level distributed systems, telecommunication services, Internet, embedded and real-time systems, as well as networking and communication security and reliability.
Contributions that combine theory and practice and that exploit formal methods and theoretical foundations to present novel solutions to problems arising from the development of distributed systems are very much encouraged.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Languages and semantic foundations
New modeling and language concepts for distribution and concurrency; semantics for different types of languages, including programming languages, modeling languages, and domain-specific languages; real-time and probability aspects
Formal methods and techniques
Design, specification, analysis, verification, validation, testing and runtime verification of various types of distributed systems, including communications and network protocols, service-oriented systems, adaptive distributed systems, cyber-physical systems and sensor networks
Foundations of security
New principles for qualitative and quantitative security analysis of distributed systems, including formal models based on probabilistic concepts
Applications of formal methods
Applying formal methods and techniques for studying quality, reliability, availability, and safety of distributed systems
Practical experience with formal methods
Industrial applications, case studies and software tools for applying formal methods and description techniques to the development and analysis of real distributed systems.
Emerging challenges and hot topics in distributed systems (broadly construed)
Formal specification, verification and analysis of emerging systems and applications, such as, for instance, software-defined networks, distributed ledgers, smart contracts, and blockchain technologies.
See the DisCoTec submission dates.
Contributions must be written in English according to one of the three categories described below. They should report on original, unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere (cf. IFIP codes of conduct, under Links).
Submissions must be prepared as a PDF using Springer’s LNCS style. Submissions not adhering to the specified constraints of their respective category may be rejected without review.
FORTE accepts contributions in three categories: full papers, short papers, and journal-first papers. These categories and their associated criteria are described in detail below.
Notice that short and journal-first papers must be explicitly marked as such in the submission’s title.
Full papers (page limit: up to 15 pages + 2 pages references)
A full paper submission describes thorough and complete research results in the scope of the conference.
Short papers (page limit: up to 6 pages + 2 pages references)
A short paper submission can be one of the following:
Short paper submissions must be marked as such in the submission’s title.
“Journal First” papers (page limit: up to 4 pages, including references)
This category aims at including published journal papers in the FORTE 2021 program. The objective is to offer FORTE attendees a richer program and further opportunities for interaction.
Authors of published papers in high-quality journals can submit a proposal to present their journal paper in FORTE. The journal paper must adhere to the following four criteria:
A journal-first submission is a concise but compelling summary of the published journal paper, which makes it clear why a related presentation would enrich the program of FORTE.
Journal-first submissions must be marked as such in the submission’s title, and must explicitly include pointers to the journal publication (such as a DOI) but also to related conference and workshop papers, as appropriate. They will be judged on the basis of the above criteria, but also considering relevance and the potential of enriching and complementing the conference program.
All accepted papers, including short papers and journal-first submissions, will be published in the FORTE 2021 formal proceedings, which will appear in Springer’s LNCS-IFIP volume series.
Selected papers will be invited to a special issue of Logical Methods in Computer Science.
For additional information, please contact the Program Committee Co-chairs: forte21 at easychair dot org