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USENIX ATC '11 Call for Papers

2011 USENIX Annual Technical Conference

June 15–17, 2011
Portland, OR

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: January 12, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Notification to authors: March 17, 2011
  • Final papers due: April 27, 2011

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
Jason Nieh, Columbia University
Carl Waldspurger

Program Committee
Keith Adams, Facebook
Saman Amarasinghe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Muli Ben-Yehuda, Technion and IBM Research
George Candea, EPFL
Leendert van Doorn, AMD
Dilma Da Silva, IBM Research
Dawson Engler, Stanford University
Úlfar Erlingsson, Google
Alexandra Fedorova, Simon Fraser University
Bryan Ford, Yale University
Dirk Grunwald, University of Colorado at Boulder
Ajay Gulati, VMware
Hermann Härtig, Technische Universität Dresden
Wilson Hsieh, Google
Angelos Keromytis, Columbia University
Eddie Kohler, University of California, Los Angeles/Meraki
Monica Lam, Stanford University
Ed Nightingale, Microsoft Research
Kai Shen, University of Rochester
Alex C. Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
Ravi Soundararajan, VMware
Michael Swift, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Andy Tucker, NetApp
Volkmar Uhlig, Teza Group
Richard West, Boston University
Alec Wolman, Microsoft Research
Junfeng Yang, Columbia University
Erez Zadok, Stony Brook University

Poster Session Chair
Ajay Gulati, VMware


Authors are invited to submit original and innovative papers to the Refereed Papers Track of the 2011 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. We seek high-quality submissions that further the knowledge and understanding of modern computing systems, with an emphasis on implementations and experimental results. We encourage papers that break new ground or present insightful results based on practical experience with computer systems. USENIX ATC has a broad scope, and specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Architectural interaction
  • Cloud computing
  • Deployment experience
  • Distributed and parallel systems
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy/power management
  • File and storage systems
  • Mobile, wireless, and sensor systems
  • Networking and network services
  • Operating systems
  • Reliability, availability, and scalability
  • Security, privacy, and trust
  • System and network management and troubleshooting
  • Usage studies and workload characterization
  • Virtualization

Best Paper Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers at the conference. Please see the USENIX Compendium of Best Papers for Best Paper winners from previous years.

What to Submit

Authors are required to submit full papers by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. This is a hard deadline; no extensions will be given.

All submissions for USENIX ATC '11 will be electronic, in PDF format, through the Web submission form.

USENIX ATC '11 will accept two types of papers:

  • Regular Full Papers: Submitted papers must be no longer than 14 single-spaced pages, including figures, tables, and references. Papers should be formatted in 2 columns, using 10 point type on 12 point leading, in a text block of 6.5" by 9". The first page of the paper should include the paper title and author name(s); reviewing is single-blind. Papers longer than 14 pages will not be reviewed. In a good paper, the authors will have:
    • Addressed a significant problem
    • Devised an interesting and practical solution
    • Clearly described what they have and have not implemented
    • Demonstrated the benefits of their solution
    • Articulated the advances beyond previous work
    • Drawn appropriate conclusions
  • Short Papers: Authors with a contribution for which a full paper is not appropriate may submit short papers of at most 6 pages, applying the same formatting guidelines. Examples of short paper contributions include:
    • Original or unconventional ideas at a preliminary stage of development
    • The presentation of interesting results that do not require a full-length paper, such as negative results or experimental validation
    • Advocacy of a controversial position or fresh approach
    Accepted short papers will be published in the Proceedings and time will be provided for brief presentations of these papers. Authors of short papers will also be encouraged to present posters and, if possible, a demo in the Poster Session.

For more details on the submission process, and for templates to use with LaTeX, Word, etc., authors should consult the detailed submission requirements. Specific questions about submissions may be sent to

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 The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the conference, June 15, 2011.

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX ATC '11 Web site; 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. Note that the above does not preclude the submission of a regular full paper that overlaps with a previous short paper or workshop paper. However, any submission that derives from an earlier workshop paper must provide a significant new contribution, for example, by providing a more complete evaluation, and must explicitly mention the contributions of the submission over the earlier paper. Questions? Contact your program chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection by Thursday, March 17, 2011. Accepted papers may be shepherded by a program committee member.

Note regarding registration: One author per accepted paper will receive a registration discount. USENIX will offer a complimentary registration upon request.

Poster Session

The poster session will allow researchers to present recent and ongoing projects. The poster session is an excellent forum to discuss new ideas and get useful feedback from the community.

Poster Submission Update!
All poster submissions must be submitted via the Web form. If you have submitted a poster abstract already via email, please re-submit at the submission site. The poster submission deadline has been extended to Monday, May 30, 9:00 p.m. PDT. Notifications will be sent out by Monday, June 6. The poster submissions should include a brief description of the research idea(s); the submission must not exceed 2 pages. Accepted posters will be put on the conference Web site.

Program and Registration Information

Complete program and registration information will be available in March 2011 on the conference Web site. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

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