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HotDep '08 will be co-located with OSDI '08.

Important Dates

Workshop Organizers



Deadline and Submission Instructions

Registration Materials

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Call for Papers
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HotDep '08 Call for Papers

Fourth Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability (HotDep '08)
December 7, 2008
San Diego, CA, USA

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

HotDep '08 will be held immediately before the 8th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '08), December 8–10, 2008.

Important Dates
Paper submissions due: July 18, 2008, 11:59 p.m. GMT (firm deadline, no extensions). For the current GMT time, see the World Clock.
Notification of acceptance: September 8, 2008
Final papers due: September 26, 2008

Workshop Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas at Austin
Petros Maniatis, Intel Research Berkeley

Program Committee
Yair Amir, Johns Hopkins University
Mary Baker, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Christof Fetzer, Technical University of Dresden
Indranil Gupta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Idit Keidar, Technion
Emre Kıcıman, Microsoft Research, Redmond
Rodrigo Rodrigues, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Rick Schlichting, AT&T Labs
Andrew Warfield, University of British Columbia and Citrix Systems
Hakim Weatherspoon, Cornell University
YuanYuan Zhou, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Authors are invited to submit position papers to the Fourth Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability (HotDep '08). The workshop will be co-located with the 8th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '08), to be held December 8–10, 2008. The programs of prior instances of HotDep are available at

The goal of HotDep '08 is to bring forth cutting-edge research ideas spanning the domains of fault tolerance/reliability and systems, and to impact the two associated research communities (e.g., researchers who attend traditional "dependability" conferences such as DSN and ISSRE, and those who attend "systems" conferences such as OSDI, SOSP, and EuroSys) by building linkages between them and sharing ideas and challenges. HotDep will center on critical components of the infrastructures touching our everyday lives: operating systems, networking, security, wide-area and enterprise-scale distributed systems, mobile computing, compilers, and language design. We seek participation and contributions from both academic researchers and industry practitioners to achieve a mix of long-range research vision and technology ideas anchored in immediate reality.

Position papers of a maximum length of 5 pages should preferably fall into one of the following categories:

  • describing new techniques, algorithms, or protocols for building dependable systems that represent advances over prior options or might open new directions meriting further study
  • revisiting old open problems in the domain using novel approaches that yield demonstrable benefits
  • debunking an old, entrenched perspective on dependability
  • articulating a brand-new perspective on existing problems in dependability
  • describing an emerging problem (and, possibly, a solution) that must be addressed by the dependable-systems research community
The program committee will favor papers that are likely to generate healthy debate at the workshop, and work that is supported by implementations and experiments or that includes other forms of validation. We recognize that many ideas will not be 100% fleshed out and/or entirely backed up by quantitative measurements, but papers that lack credible motivation and at least some evidence of feasibility will be rejected.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • automated failure management, which enables systems to adapt on the fly to normal load changes or exceptional conditions
  • techniques for better detection, diagnosis, or recovery from failures
  • forensic tools for use by administrators and programmers after a failure or attack
  • techniques and metrics for quantifying aspects of dependability in specific domains (e.g., measuring the security, scalability, responsiveness, or other properties of a Web service)
  • tools/concepts/techniques for optimizing tradeoffs among availability, performance, correctness, and security
  • novel uses of technologies not originally intended for dependability (e.g., using virtual machines to enhance dependability)
  • advances in the automation of management technologies, such as better ways to specify management policy, advances on mechanisms for carrying out policies, or insights into how policies can be combined or validated

Deadline and Submission Instructions
Authors are invited to submit position papers by 11:59 p.m. GMT on July 18, 2008. This is a firm deadline—no extensions will be given.

Submitted position papers must be no longer than 5 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references; two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading; and a text block 6.5" wide x 9" deep. Author names and affiliations should appear on the title page.

Papers must be in PDF and must be submitted via the Web submission form.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by September 8, 2008. Authors of accepted papers will produce a final PDF and the equivalent HTML by September 26, 2008. All papers will be available online to attendees prior to the workshop and will be published electronically in the Proceedings of HotDep '08.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In some cases, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. If a violation of these principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions, and publicizing the details of the case.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines should contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication in the Proceedings.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in October 2008 on the workshop Web site. The information will be in both HTML and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

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