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Dear Colleague,

We are writing to invite you to attend the 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '07), February 13–16, in San Jose, 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 '07 will bring together storage specialists from all of these areas in a unified, high-quality forum.

Back by popular demand, the FAST program again 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:

  • Dave Anderson and Willis Whittington, Seagate, on Disc Drive Technology
  • Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan, on NFSv4 and Cluster File Systems
  • Brent Welch and Marc Unangst, Panasas Inc., Cluster Storage and File Systems Technology
  • Tom Talpey, Network Appliance, Inc., on NFS/RDMA: A Deep Dive
The FAST '07 program includes 19 technical papers carefully selected from a pool of 98 submissions, as well as 2 invited talks. The papers represent some of the outstanding work in the area, with topics including disk failure, security, virtualization, scalability, caching, power management, RAID, peer-to-peer, and mobility.

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 January 12, 2007. 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 '07 promises to be an exciting conference presenting leading examples of current research and a strong vision of the future of file and storage technology.

We hope you will join us in San Jose. Please register today.

On behalf of the FAST '07 Program Committee,

Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
FAST '07 Program Chairs

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