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FAST '04 Call for papers

3rd USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '04)
March 31 - April 2, 2004
San Francisco, California, USA
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: 12 Noon PDT, October 7, 2003
(Firm submission deadline, no extensions)
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2003
Camera-ready final papers due: February 3, 2004
Work-in-Progress and Poster Session proposals due: March 19, 2004

Conference Organizers

Program Chair
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research

Program Committee
Guillermo Alvarez, IBM Almaden
Fay Chang, Google
Jeff Chase, Duke University
Greg Ganger, CMU
Richard Golding, IBM Almaden
Dirk Grunwald, University of Colorado
Chet Juszczak, Sun Microsystems
Christos Karamanolis, HP Labs
Ed Lee, Data Domain
David Patterson, UC Berkeley
Randy Wang, Princeton University
Yuanyuan Zhou, UIUC

Steering Committee
Jeff Chase, Duke University
Jack Cole, US Army
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Garth Gibson, Panasas and Carnegie Mellon University
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

The 3rd USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '04) 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 poster sessions.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Caching, replication, consistency, and mobility in storage systems
  • Data and metadata layout and organization, indexing
  • Empirical studies
  • I/O in parallel and distributed systems
  • Novel storage architectures and technologies
  • Storage for databases
  • Storage networking, wide area storage, GRID storage, peer-to-peer systems
  • Storage system reliability, availability, scalability, and disaster tolerance
  • Storage system security, management, and performance evaluation

Paper Submissions
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 of full papers (no extended abstracts) and must be no longer than fourteen (14) pages, including all notes, references, title page, appendices, and figures when 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. All accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

The FAST conference 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 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 may take a registration discount of $200. If the registration fee poses a hardship to the presenter, USENIX can offer a complimentary registration.

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

Work-in-Progress Reports and Poster Sessions
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, "outrageous" opinion statements, and poster sessions. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To submit, please send a proposal (one page or less) to by March 19, 2004. Please indicate if you wish your proposal to be considered for a WiP report, a poster session, or both.

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 2003 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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