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FAST '03 Call for papers

2nd USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '03)
March 31 - April 2, 2003
Cathedral Hill Hotel
San Francisco, California, USA

Important Dates
Paper submissions due: Sept. 3, 2002
(Automatic extension given to Sept. 10, 2002.)
Notification of acceptance: Nov. 1, 2002
Camera-ready final papers due: Jan. 6, 2003

Conference Organizers

Program Chair
Jeff Chase, Duke University

Program Committee
Khalil Amiri, IBM Research
Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Peter Chen, University of Michigan
Peter Corbett, Network Appliance
Mike Franklin, University of California, Berkeley
Eran Gabber, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan
Frans Kaashoek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz
Erik Riedel, Seagate Research
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
Keith A. Smith, Sun Microsystems
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research
John Wilkes, Hewlett-Packard Labs

Steering Committee
Jack Cole, US Army
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Garth Gibson, Panasas
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan
John Howard, Sun Microsystems
Merritt Jones, MITRE Corporation
Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jai Menon, IBM Research
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
John Wilkes, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Ellie Young, USENIX

File and storage systems are the foundation of the Information Age. FAST brings together the top storage systems researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and uses of storage systems. The conference will consist of two and a half days of technical presentations, including refereed papers, invited talks, work-in-progress and opinion sessions, and an introductory keynote address. This will be the second FAST conference; the first FAST in January 2002 was an exciting and well-attended event, establishing FAST as the premier forum for storage-related research.

The FAST program committee solicits papers on topics related to file systems and storage systems. We especially encourage papers on novel techniques, architectures, metrics, and methodologies. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • New storage architectures and technologies
  • Storage system reliability, availability, and scalability
  • Storage networking and virtualization
  • Utility storage and grid storage
  • Wide-area storage, peer-to-peer, and disaster recovery
  • Caching, replication, and consistency
  • Storage system security
  • Storage management
  • Storage for databases
  • Mobile storage
  • Benchmarking and evaluation of storage systems
  • Data layout, metadata, and indexing
  • I/O in parallel and distributed system

FAST is a software systems conference, but we welcome papers on the impacts of technology trends or new application demands. The program committee encourages full papers on promising early-stage work as well as papers on mature projects.

Paper Submissions
Submit papers electronically using this Web submission form. Submissions should be full papers of about 4000-6000 words. The maximum submission length is 14 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references, using an 11pt or larger font. Submitted papers should be in PDF format; Postscript or ASCII are acceptable but discouraged. The committee will not review papers that are too short (e.g., extended abstracts), papers that exceed the length limit, Postscript papers with display problems, or papers in other formats such as Word or HTML.

Submissions are due on September 3, 2002. An automatic one-week extension will be granted to midnight PST on September 10, 2002. No further extensions will be granted.

The program committee and external readers will judge papers on technical merit, significance, relevance, and presentation. A good paper will demonstrate that the authors:

  • are attacking a significant problem,
  • have devised an interesting, compelling solution,
  • have demonstrated the practicality and benefits of the solution,
  • have drawn appropriate conclusions,
  • have clearly described what they have done, and
  • have clearly articulated the advances beyond previous work.
Please read the detailed USENIX author guidelines for more information.

Accepted papers may be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee. Authors of shepherded papers will submit an editorial revision of their paper to the shepherd by December 6, 2002.

The FAST conference, like most conferences and journals, does not allow submissions that are substantially similar to works that are previously published or are under review for publication elsewhere. 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 non-disclosure 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.

Best Paper Awards
Awards will be given for the best paper and best student paper at the conference.

Work-in-Progress Reports
Would you like to share a provocative opinion, interesting preliminary work, or a cool idea that will provoke discussion? The FAST technical sessions will include slots for work-in-progress reports and "outrageous" opinion statements. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To submit, please send a proposal (one page or less) to the session coordinator (Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau) at

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 Office at BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in December 2002 on the conference Web site. The information will be in both HTML and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the program booklet in print, please email your request, including your postal address, to:

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