Refereed paper abstracts due: April 1, 2003
Invited Talk proposals due: April 1, 2003
Notification to authors: May 12, 2003
Camera-ready final papers due: July 8, 2003
Gregory Neil Shapiro, Sendmail, Inc.
Jason Evans, Apple Computer, Inc.
Sam Leffler, Errno Consulting
Michael Lucas, FreeBSD Documentation Project
Kostas Magoutis, Harvard University
Todd C. Miller, OpenBSD
Donn M. Seeley, Wind River Systems
Bill Squier, NetBSD
Gregory Sutter, Daemon News
Robert Watson, NAI Labs, FreeBSD Project
Christos Zoulas, NetBSD
The Berkeley Software Distributions (BSDs) represent one of the oldest
and most vigorous streams of Open Source software. Together, OpenBSD,
FreeBSD, NetBSD, Darwin, Mac OS X, and BSD/OS represent millions
of servers and desktops. The BSD operating systems have long been
part of the backbone of the Internet in everything from embedded
applications to large server installations, and will soon be widely
deployed on consumer desktops. If you want to develop cutting-edge
network applications, then BSDCon is the place to be. Meet the movers
and shakers of the BSD community, and learn how you can use BSD as part
of your enterprise-grade solutions.
This is the fourth BSDCon and the second to be sponsored by the USENIX
Association. Two days of tutorials will precede two and a half days of
technical sessions. The combination of a technical track, invited talks,
tutorials, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, and Work-in-Progress reports
provide an opportunity for people of all experience levels to learn
from BSD experts, professionals with real world experience, and industry
Technical Sessions, September 10-12, 2003
Two and a half days of technical sessions feature refereed papers and
invited talks by community experts and leaders. Refereed papers are from
the community and can win cash and prizes. Papers are published in the
Proceedings which are provided to all conference attendees. Refereed papers
present problems and solutions in all areas from kernel internals to real
world practical experience.
BSDCon seeks refereed papers on topics related to BSD-derived systems and
the Open Source world. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Embedded BSD application development and deployment
- Real world experiences using BSD systems
- Using BSD in a mixed OS environment
- Comparison with non-BSD operating systems; technical, practical,
licensing (GPL vs. BSD)
- Tracking open source development on non-BSD systems
- BSD on the desktop
- I/O subsystem and device driver development
- SMP and kernel threads
- Kernel enhancements
- Internet and networking services
- Performance analysis and tuning
- System administration
- Future of BSD
Selection will be based on the quality of the written submission and
whether the work is of interest to the community. Please see the detailed author guidelines,
including sample extended abstracts and final papers.
Best Paper Awards
The USENIX Association will award cash prizes at the conference for the
both the best overall paper and the best paper by a student.
How To Submit
The initial submission must be in the form of an extended abstract between
2 and 5 pages long. Submissions which are not of this form will be
returned for resubmission. Submissions should be written from a strong
technical background and should clearly demonstrate that:
- There is a significant problem being solved or a real world experience
- There is active work being done.
- There is enough progress to make a complete written submission.
- There is data proving either the success or failure of any claims.
Extended abstracts must be received by April 1, 2003. Full papers will
not be accepted without an extended abstract. Abstracts and papers should
be submitted electronically in ASCII, Postscript, or PDF format via our
web form. If you have questions or encounter
problems, please send electronic mail to the program chair at
Include appropriate references to establish that you are familiar with
related work, and where possible, provide detailed data to establish that
you have a working implementation or measurement tool. Submissions will be
judged on the quality of the written submission and whether or not the work
is of interest to the community. Papers of a business development or
marketing nature are not appropriate for submission.
Papers submitted to BSDCon should be new papers, not previously read at
other conferences. Likewise, accepted papers should not be presented at
other conferences after BSDCon without new art. All papers should be
considered 'open source', and as such, non-disclosure agreements and other
limits will require us to return the paper. All submissions are held
in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings,
both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of
1976 (Title 17, U.S. Code, Section 102).
Authors will be notified by May 12, 2003. All accepted submissions will be
expected to produce a final paper for publication in the proceedings and
electronic files for the conference Web site by the July 8, 2003 deadline.
The final paper should describe work that has been completed as of the time
of their submission. Members of the program committee will help shepherd
authors through the writing process prior to final acceptance for
publication in the proceedings.
Each accepted paper must be presented by at least one author. Final
papers are limited to 12 pages, including diagrams, figures, and
appendices. It is understood that the state of the art advances at rapid
pace. Presentations should, where possible, take into account changes since
the publication due date.
Please see the detailed author guidelines,
including sample extended abstracts and final papers. To discuss potential
submissions and for inquiries regarding the content of the conference
program, contact the program chair at
These presentations and discussions highlight the hottest new developments
in the BSD world as well as real world experiences. These talks may range
from highly technical to survey-style presentations and range over many
timely and interesting topics. We welcome suggestions for topics and
request proposals for particular talks. In your proposal state the main
focus, including a brief outline, and be sure to emphasize why your topic
is of interest to the BSD community. Please submit all proposals and
suggestions by email to
Tutorials, September 8-9, 2003
BSDCon offers full and half-day tutorials on a range of topics from experts
in the BSD community. Topics range from how the kernel works to
administering and securing BSD systems.
To provide the best possible tutorial offerings, we continually solicit
proposals for new tutorials. If you are interested in presenting a
tutorial, please send email to
A limited number of table top exhibits are available. The emphasis
is on serious questions and feedback. Vendors will demonstrate the
features and technical innovations which distinguish their products.
For more information, please contact:
Call: 1.510.528.8649 x32
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized
by attendees and for attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs are
held in the evenings and may be scheduled in advance be sending email to
They may also be scheduled at the conference.
Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that
is not yet ready to be published? The USENIX audience provides valuable
discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentation of
student work. To schedule your short report, send email to
Program and Registration Information
Complete program and registration information will be available in June
2003 on the conference web site. The information will be available in
both HTML and a printable PDF file.