The increasing amount of the energy consumption of today’s IT solutions significantly contributes to green house gas emissions. “Green Computing” or “Green IT” emphasizes on the need for reducing the environmental impacts of IT solutions by reducing their energy consumption and their green house gas emissions. Among others, green computing can be achieved in software and by software. While greening by software aims at saving energy (or other resources) by the help of software, greening in software aims at reducing the environmental impact caused by the software itself. Besides saving energy and aiming for efficiency, green computing is a complex trade-off between efficiently using ay required resource and keeping the environmental impact low. This has consequences for architectural decisions.

Green-ness in the software is an emerging quality attribute that must be taken into the account in each phase of the software development process at each level of the IT system from the application level via middle-ware to operating system and hardware. Achieving green-ness by software requires methods and techniques that support finding, realizing, and measuring software solutions that make infrastructure smarter, virtualize processes, contribute to dematerialization or new solutions like smart grids. Typical examples are applications that help to reduce energy consumption in facility management, in production, mobility, and in embedded systems. The analysis of all factors that have an environmental impact and the search for the optimal trade-off therefore has to be included in software development methods.


The Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing track at the 2013 Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) aims to bring together academic and industrial researchers to share their experience in green computing. Authors are invited to submit original papers representing their idea and achievements in green computing in and by software. Submissions are encouraged, but not limited, to the following topics:

Submission Guideline

The ACM SAC has grown to be a very competitive conference and that the average acceptance rate is around 25%. The ACM SAC is a refereed conference and each paper will undergo a double-blind review by three specialized referees. Please make sure that the authors name and affiliation do not appear on the submitted paper. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, technical content, originality, style and clarity.

All submitted papers must represent original work and can only be submitted to a single ACM SAC track. Papers submitted to more than one track will be removed from the conference.There is a limit of 6 pages using the ACM SIG format. Authors may opt to add 2 additional pages (at extra charge).Please ensure that the author names and contacts are omitted from the submitted paper during the initial review phase. Paper submissions must be made electronically in PDF format via the ACM SAC website

Authors of quality papers that are not accepted as full papers will be invited to publish their work as a short paper. Short papers are also published in the proceedings and in ACM's Digital Library and will be presented at the conference during the poster sessions. The short paper length is 2 pages using and authors may opt to add 1 additional page (at extra charge).

For both full papers and posters, paper registration for the conference is required and allows the paper to be printed in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for the paper to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers will result in excluding the papers from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Student Research Abstracts

Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on their research ideas are invited to submit abstracts (minimum of 2-pages and maximum of 4-pages) of their original un-published and in-progress research work in the area of Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing. The submissions must follow the instruction published at The Student Research Competition (SRC) program is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with researchers and practitioners in the area of software engineering and green computing. The SRC committee will evaluate and select First-, Second-, and Third- place winners. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition certificates during the conference banquet. Authors of selected abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for support. Before submitting an abstract for student research competition, please consider the details provided in SRC-SAC and SRC information sheet, and submit the abstracts via SRC Submission Site.

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