Check out the new USENIX Web site.


FAST '07 Home

Important Dates

Conference Organizers



Deadline and Submission Instructions

Best Paper Awards

Work-in-Progress Reports and Poster Session

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Registration Materials

Web Submission Form

Call for Papers
in PDF Format

Interested in sponsoring FAST '07? Contact

FAST '07 Call for Papers

5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '07)
February 13–16, 2007
San Jose, CA

Sponsored by USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association, in cooperation with ACM SIGOPS, IEEE Mass Storage Systems Technical Committee (MSSTC), and IEEE TCOS

Important Dates
Paper submissions due: September 6, 2006, 9:00 p.m. EST (this is a firm deadline; sorry, no extensions)
Notification of acceptance: November 7, 2006
Final papers due: December 19, 2006
Work-in-Progress Reports/Poster Session proposals due: January 12, 2007

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Program Committee
Ashraf Aboulnaga, University of Waterloo
Mary Baker, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Bill Bolosky, Microsoft
Scott Brandt, University of California, Santa Cruz
Randal Burns, Johns Hopkins University
Mike Dahlin, University of Texas, Austin
Jason Flinn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dharmendra Modha, IBM Almaden
Erik Riedel, Seagate
M. Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University
Jiri Schindler, Network Appliance
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
Kai Shen, University of Rochester
Anand Sivasubramaniam, Pennsylvania State University
Muthian Sivathanu, Google
Keith Smith, Network Appliance
Mike Swift, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego
Carl Waldspurger, VMWare
Erez Zadok, Stony Brook University

The 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '07) brings together storage system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems. The conference will consist of two and a half days of technical presentations, including refereed papers, Work-in-Progress reports, and a poster session.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Archival storage systems
  • Caching, replication, and consistency
  • Database storage issues
  • Distributed I/O (wide-area, grid, peer-to-peer)
  • Empirical evaluation of storage systems
  • Experience with deployed systems
  • Mobile storage technology
  • Parallel I/O
  • Performance
  • Manageability
  • Reliability, availability, disaster tolerance
  • Security
  • Scalability
  • Storage networking
  • Virtualization

Deadline and Submission Instructions
Submissions will be done electronically via this Web form. The Web form asks for contact information for the paper and allows for the submission of your full paper file in PDF format.

Submissions must be full papers (no extended abstracts) and must be no longer than thirteen (13) pages plus as many additional pages as are needed for references (e.g., your paper can be 16 total pages, as long as the last three or more are the bibliography). Your paper should be typeset in two-column format in 10 point type on 12 point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep.

Authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Blind reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, assisted by outside referees. Conditionally accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute 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. In some cases, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. If a violation of these principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions, and publicizing the details of the case.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines should contact the program chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Accepted material may not be subsequently published in other conferences or journals for one year from the date of acceptance by USENIX. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be read or reviewed. All submissions will be held in confidence prior to publication of the technical program, both as a matter of policy and in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. Submissions violating these rules or the formatting guidelines will not be considered for publication.

One author per paper will receive a registration discount of $200. USENIX will offer a complimentary registration upon request.

Best Paper Awards
Awards will be given for the best paper(s) at the conference.

Work-in-Progress Reports and Poster Session
The FAST technical sessions will include slots for Work-in-Progress reports, preliminary results, "outrageous" opinion statements, and a poster session. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. Please send WiP submissions to

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs will be held in the evening. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by emailing the Conference Department at BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in November 2006 on the conference Web site. The information will be in both HTML and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

?Need help?

Last changed: 11 Jan. 2007 jel

FAST '07 Index