OSDI '18 Call for Papers

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

  • Abstract registration due: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 3:00 pm PDT
  • Complete paper submissions due: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3:00 pm PDT

Author response period:

  • Reviews available: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Author responses due: Friday, July 16, 2018, 12:00 pm PDT
  • Notification to authors: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Camera-ready papers due: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Conference Organizers

Program Co-Chairs

Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Geoff Voelker, University of California, San Diego

Program Committee

Rachit Agarwal, Cornell
Marcos K. Aguilera, VMware Research
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Yale/Facebook
Ranjita Bhagwan, Microsoft Research India
Edouard Bugnion, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Kang Chen, Tsinghua University
Vijay Chidambaram, University of Texas at Austin
Landon Cox, Duke University
Angela Demke Brown, University of Toronto
Sandhya Dwarkadas, University of Rochester
Sasha Fedorova, University of British Columbia
Roxana Geambasu, Columbia University
Cristiano Giuffrida, Vrije Univ Amsterdam
Haryadi Gunawi, University of Chicago
Andreas Haeberlen, University of Pennsylvania
Jon Howell, Google
Rebecca Isaacs, Google
Michael Isard, Google
Frans Kaashoek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Manos Kapritsos, University of Michigan
Taesoo Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sam King, University of California, Davis
Christoforos Kozyrakis, Stanford University
Jinyang Li, New York University
Wyatt Lloyd, Princeton University
Jay Lorch, Microsoft Research
Richard Mortier, University of Cambridge
Gilles Muller, Inria
KyoungSoo Park, KAIST
Raluca Popa, University of California Berkeley
Don Porter, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Justine Sherry, Carnegie Mellon University
Liuba Shrira, Brandeis University
Ryan Stutsman, University of Utah
Steve Swanson, University of California, San Diego
Michael Swift, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Dan Tsafrir, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
Rashmi Vinayak, Carnegie Mellon University
Xi Wang, University of Washington
Andrew Warfield, Amazon
Roger Wattenhofer, ETH Zurich
Hakim Weatherspoon, Cornell University
Ming Wu, Microsoft Research
Yubin Xia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Ding Yuan, University of Toronto
Matei Zaharia, Stanford University
Irene Zhang, Microsoft Research
Yiying Zhang, Purdue University

Steering Committee

Brad Chen, Google
Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
Casey Henderson, USENIX Association
Kimberly Keeton, Hewlett Packard Labs
Hank Levy, University of Washington
James Mickens, Harvard University
Brian Noble, University of Michigan
Timothy Roscoe, ETH Zurich
Margo Seltzer, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Oracle
Amin Vahdat, Google and University of California, San Diego


The 13th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation seeks to present innovative, exciting research in computer systems. OSDI brings together professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds in a premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and implications of systems software. The OSDI Symposium emphasizes innovative research as well as quantified or insightful experiences in systems design and implementation.

OSDI takes a broad view of the systems area and solicits contributions from many fields of systems practice, including, but not limited to, operating systems, file and storage systems, distributed systems, cloud computing, mobile systems, secure and reliable systems, systems aspects of big data, embedded systems, virtualization, networking as it relates to operating systems, and management and troubleshooting of complex systems. We also welcome work that explores the interface to related areas such as computer architecture, networking, programming languages, analytics, and databases. We particularly encourage contributions containing highly original ideas, new approaches, and/or groundbreaking results.

Submitting a Paper

Submissions will be judged on novelty, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. All accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

A good paper will:

  • Motivate a significant problem
  • Propose an interesting, compelling solution
  • Demonstrate the practicality and benefits of the solution
  • Draw appropriate conclusions
  • Clearly describe the paper's contributions
  • Clearly articulate the advances beyond previous work

All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify production@usenix.org. The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the conference, October 8, 2018.

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX OSDI '18 website; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details.

Prior workshop publication does not preclude publishing a related paper in OSDI. Authors should email the program co-chairs, osdi18chairs@usenix.org, a copy of the related workshop paper and a short explanation of the new material in the conference paper beyond that published in the workshop version.

Questions? Contact your program co-chairs, osdi18chairs@usenix.org, or the USENIX office, submissionspolicy@usenix.org.

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration fee will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact conference@usenix.org.

If your paper is accepted and you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact conference@usenix.org as soon as possible. (Visa applications can take at least 30 working days to process.) Please identify yourself as a presenter and include your mailing address in your email.

Deadline and Submission Instructions

Authors are required to register abstracts by 3:00 p.m. PDT on April 26, 2018, and to submit full papers by 3:00 p.m. PDT on May 3, 2018. These are hard deadlines, and no extensions will be given. Submitted papers must be no longer than 12 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures and tables, plus as many pages as needed for references, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, two-column format, Times Roman or a similar font, within a text block 6.5" wide x 9" deep. Accepted papers will be allowed 14 pages in the proceedings, plus references. Papers not meeting these criteria will be rejected without review, and no deadline extensions will be granted for reformatting. Pages should be numbered, and figures and tables should be legible in black and white, without requiring magnification. Papers so short as to be considered "extended abstracts" will not receive full consideration.

Reviewing will be double-blind. Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions, and they should not identify themselves either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions violating the detailed formatting and anonymization rules will not be considered for review. If you are uncertain about how to anonymize your submission, please contact the program co-chairs, osdi18chairs@usenix.org, well in advance of the submission deadline.

When registering and submitting your paper, you will need to provide information about conflicts with PC members. Use the following guidelines to determine conflicts:

Institution: You are currently employed at the same institution, have been previously employed at the same institution within the past two years, or are going to begin employment at the same institution.

Advisor or Collaboration: You have a past or present association as thesis advisor or advisee, or you have a collaboration on a project, publication, grant proposal, or editorship within the past two years (2016 or later).

The PC will review paper conflicts to ensure the integrity of the reviewing process, adding conflicts if necessary. Similarly, if there is no basis for conflicts provided by authors, such conflicts will be removed (e.g., do not improperly identify PC members as a conflict in an attempt to avoid having an individual review your paper). If you have any questions about conflicts, please contact the program co-chairs.

Authors are also encouraged to contact the program co-chairs, osdi18chairs@usenix.org, if needed to relate their OSDI submissions to relevant submissions of their own that are simultaneously under review or awaiting publication at other venues. The program co-chairs will use this information at their discretion to preserve the anonymity of the review process without jeopardizing the outcome of the current OSDI submission.

Papers must be in PDF format and must be submitted via the submission form, which will be available here soon. For more details on the submission process, and for templates to use with LaTeX, Word, etc., authors should consult the detailed submission requirements.

Author Response Period

OSDI will provide an opportunity for authors to respond to reviews prior to final consideration of the papers at the program committee meeting. Authors must limit their responses to (a) correcting factual errors in the reviews or (b) directly addressing questions posed by reviewers. Responses should be limited to clarifying the submitted work. In particular, responses must not include new experiments or data, describe additional work completed since submission, or promise additional work to follow.

Submission of a response is optional. There is no explicit limit to the response, but authors are strongly encouraged to keep it under 500 words; reviewers are neither required nor expected to read excessively long rebuttals. Reviews will be available for response on Friday, July 13, 2018. Authors may submit a response to those reviews until Monday, July 16, 2018, 12:00 p.m. PDT.

Poster Session

We plan to hold a poster session in conjunction with a social event at the Symposium.