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NSDI '04 Call for papers

First Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '04)
March 29–31, 2004
Grand Hyatt
San Francisco, California, USA

Sponsored by USENIX, in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGOPS

Important Dates
Paper titles and abstracts due: September 15, 2003
Final paper submissions due: September 22, 2003
Notification of acceptance: December 11, 2003
Papers due for shepherding: January 26, 2004
Camera-ready final papers due: February 9, 2004
Poster proposals due: February 15, 2004
Poster notification: February 25, 2004

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
Robert Morris, MIT
Stefan Savage, University of California, San Diego

Program Committee
Brian Bershad, University of Washington
Bill Bolosky, Microsoft Research
Eric Brewer, University of California, Berkeley
Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research
Jeff Chase, Duke University
David Culler, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Druschel, Rice University
Dawson Engler, Stanford University
Steve Gribble, University of Washington
Butler Lampson, MIT and Microsoft Research
Barbara Liskov, MIT
Vern Paxson, ICIR and LBL
Jennifer Rexford, AT&T Research
Timothy Roscoe, Intel Research
Mendel Rosenblum, Stanford University
Ion Stoica, University of California, Berkeley
Marvin Theimer, Microsoft Research
Amin Vahdat, Duke University
Geoff Voelker, University of California, San Diego
Bill Weihl, Akamai

Steering Committee
Thomas Anderson, University of Washington
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan
Mike Jones, Microsoft Research
Robert Morris, MIT
Mike Schroeder, Microsoft
Amin Vahdat, Duke University

NSDI 2004 is a new conference focused on the design principles of large-scale distributed and networked systems. We believe systems as diverse as scalable web services, peer-to-peer file sharing, sensor nets, and distributed network measurement share a set of common challenges. Progress in any of these areas requires a deep understanding of how researchers are addressing the challenges of large-scale systems in other contexts. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the systems community -- including operating systems, distributed systems, and computer networking -- to foster a cross-disciplinary approach to addressing our common research challenges.

NSDI will provide a high-quality, single-track forum for presenting new results and discussing ideas that overlap these disciplines. We seek work that furthers the knowledge and understanding of the systems community as a whole, continues a significant research dialog, or pushes the architectural boundaries of large-scale network services. We solicit papers describing original and previously unpublished research. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Scalable techniques for providing high availability and reliability
  • Security and robustness of highly complex systems
  • Novel architectural approaches, e.g., for specific application domains
  • Network measurements, workload and topology characterization
  • Autonomous and self-configuring network, system, and overlay management
  • Network virtualization and resource management
  • Distributed storage, caching, and query optimization
  • Network protocols and algorithms for complex distributed systems
  • Operating system support for scalable network services
  • Application experiences, for example in sensor networks, peer-to-peer systems, overlay networks, pervasive computing, and content distribution networks.

What to Submit
Submissions should be full papers, 12-14 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. Submissions must be "blind", meaning authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness.

Authors must submit their paper's title and abstract by September 15, 2003, and the corresponding full paper is due by September 22, 2003. Accepted papers may be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee. Based on initial feedback from the program committee, authors of shepherded papers will submit an editorial revision of their paper to their program committee shepherd by January 26, 2004. The shepherd will review the paper and give the author additional comments. All authors (shepherded or not) will produce a final camera-ready paper by February 9, 2004, for the conference Proceedings.

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.

The NSDI conference, like most conferences and journals, 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 non-disclosure 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.

How To Submit
Authors are required to submit at least an abstract by September 15, 2003, with the full papers due on September 22, 2003. All submissions to NSDI '04 must be electronic, in PDF or PostScript, via this Web form.

Authors will be notified of receipt of submission via e-mail. If you do not receive notification, contact the Program Chairs at

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

Poster Session
Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not ready to be published? Poster sessions are for you! Poster sessions introduce new or ongoing work. The NSDI audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To submit a poster, please send a proposal, one page or less, by February 15, 2003, to the poster session coordinator at We will send back decisions by February 25th.

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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