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HotOS '03, The 9th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems

Message from the Program Chair

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants in this year's HotOS workshop for helping make it a fun, informative, and highly interactive gathering of leading researchers in the systems field. We had great discussions, learned about exciting new work in its early stages, and often challenged one another's assumptions about what key challenges and opportunities are facing the field. A good time was had by all!

First, I'd like to thank the authors of all the submitted position papers. We accepted 32 out of the 144 submissions and received many more great position papers than we were able to accommodate in a 2 1/2 day program. Your creative research shows the vitality of the field, and I thank you again for submitting it to HotOS.

Next, I'd like to thank the program committee for all of their hard work in selecting our strong program from among such an ample selection of great submissions. Each program committee member reviewed 60 or more submissions with the dual goals of selecting the best ones for inclusion in the workshop and providing detailed, constructive feedback to all authors. I believe they did an exemplary job, and I'm grateful for their dedication and diligence. Thanks are also due to the external reviewers for their contributions to the paper selection process.

Many thanks are due to the many consummate professionals of the USENIX staff I worked with to make this year's HotOS come to life. Your attention to detail, planning, common sense, and good nature made running this workshop a breeze and a lot of fun! Particular thanks are due to Judy (and Paul!) DesHarnais, who handled all the details of the local arrangements, making sure that our setting of Lihue, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai was every bit the island paradise that it is—right down to the post-workshop mountain hike that Paul led for many of our outdoor-loving attendees.

My sincere thanks to HP Labs and Microsoft Research for funding student scholarships, allowing many students to attend at a substantially discounted price.

Andrew Hume opened us with a thought-provoking talk detailing some real-world experiences with operating system (un)reliability arising from his work with high-volume practical distributed data processing applications. His points kept being mentioned throughout the workshop!

Our four scribes did an admirable job recording the fast-paced give-and-take of the presentations and questions from the floor so that all can benefit from the discussions held there.

And finally, of course, thanks are due to all the presenters at the workshop for sharing your innovative "hot!" ideas with us, providing fodder for all the interesting discussions that ensued. Thanks for once again making HotOS the place where people learn about exciting, innovative new systems work!

Mahalo and Aloha!

Michael B. Jones
Redmond, Washington

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