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FAST '05

Dear Colleague,
Patrick McDaniel
Garth Gibson

I am writing to invite you to attend the 4th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '05), December 13–16, in San Francisco, California.

File systems and storage continue to be active focus areas for researchers and technologists in operating systems, computer architecture, distributed systems, networking, mobile computing, and computational science. FAST '05 will bring together storage specialists from all of these areas in a unified, high-quality forum.

New in 2005, the FAST program now offers tutorials. Taking place on Tuesday December 13, the half-day tutorials give you the opportunity to learn from leaders in the storage industry including:

  • Jim Plank, University of Tennessee, on Erasure Codes for Storage Applications
  • David Nagle and Brent Welch, Panasas, on Object-based Cluster Storage Systems
  • Spencer Shepler, Sun Microsystems, on NFS Version 4: The Inside Story
  • Ahmad Zamer, Intel Corporation, and M. K. Jibbe, Engenio Information Technologies, on SNIA Tutorials: SAS, SATA, Fibre Channel, and iSCSI Storage Protocols

The FAST '05 program includes 25 technical papers carefully selected from a pool of 125 submissions by a program committee of 16 leaders in the field. These papers represent some of the outstanding work in the area, with topics ranging from logic models to coding techniques and from flash-based sensor devices to correcting more than two failed disks.

A Work-in-Progress (WiP) session will also be held. If you have work you would like to share or a cool idea that's not quite ready for publication, please submit a WiP. Send a one- or two-paragraph summary to by December 1, 2005. Students are encouraged to submit WiPs to seek feedback on their research from the FAST community. Work-in-Progress reports will be short, typically with only a handful of slides.

FAST '05 promises to be an exciting conference presenting leading examples of current research and a strong vision of the future of file and storage technology.

I hope you will join us in San Francisco. Please register today.

On behalf of the FAST '05 Program Committee,

Garth Gibson, Carnegie Mellon University and Panasas
FAST '05 Program Chair

P.S. FAST '05 will be held in cooperation and co-located with the 3rd International IEEE Security in Storage Workshop, December 13, 2005. Click here for more information and to register.

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