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NSDI '05 Call for Papers

2nd Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '05)
May 2–4, 2005
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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

Important Dates
Paper titles and abstracts due: 9:00 p.m. PDT, October 8, 2004
Final paper submissions due: 9:00 p.m. PDT, October 15, 2004
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2005
Papers due for shepherding: March 11, 2005
Final papers due: March 29, 2005
Poster proposals due: March 29, 2005
Poster notification: April 15, 2005

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego
David Wetherall, University of Washington

Program Committee
Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research
Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge
David Culler, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Dahlin, University of Texas at Austin
Peter Druschel, Rice University
Paul Francis, Cornell University
Ramesh Govindan, University of Southern California
Joe Hellerstein, Intel Research and University of California, Berkeley
Dina Katabi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eddie Kohler, University of California, Los Angeles
Ed Lazowska, University of Washington
Jeffrey Mogul, HP Labs
Vern Paxson, ICSI and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Larry Peterson, Princeton University
Sylvia Ratnasamy, Intel Research
Stefan Savage, University of California, San Diego
Srini Seshan, Carnegie Mellon University
Ellen Zegura, Georgia Institute of Technology

Steering Committee
Thomas Anderson, University of Washington
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan
Mike Jones, Microsoft Research
Robert Morris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mike Schroeder, Microsoft Research
Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego
Ellie Young, USENIX Association

The NSDI conference focuses on the design principles of large-scale networks and distributed systems. Systems as diverse as Internet routing, peer-to-peer file sharing, sensor nets, scalable Web services, and distributed network measurement share a set of challenges. Progress in any of these areas requires an 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 networking and systems community—including computer networking, distributed systems, and operating systems—to foster cross-disciplinary approaches and to address shared research challenges.

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

  • Routing, transport, and signaling protocols and services
  • Scalable techniques for high availability and reliability
  • Design and implementation of high-speed packet classification and transformation algorithms
  • Security and robustness of networked 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
  • Algorithms for distributed systems
  • Operating system support for scalable network services
  • Application experiences, e.g., in sensor networks, peer-to-peer systems, overlay networks, pervasive computing, and content distribution

What to Submit
Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. Submissions should be full papers, 12–14 single-spaced US 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references, two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading within a 6.5" x 9" text block. Please number the pages on your submission, and avoid using color in figures or text. Submissions must be "blind," meaning authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through references, affiliations, or acknowledgments). We strongly recommend that you do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, a good solution is to reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work.

Authors must submit their paper's title and abstract by October 8, 2004, and the corresponding full paper is due by October 15, 2004. 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 March 11, 2005. The shepherd will review the paper and give the author additional comments. All authors (shepherded or not) will produce a final paper by March 29, 2005, to be included in the conference Proceedings.

One author per paper will receive a registration discount of $200. USENIX will offer a complimentary registration upon request.

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 nondisclosure 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 9:00 p.m. PDT, October 8, 2004, with the full papers due by 9:00 p.m. PDT, October 15, 2004. This is a hard deadline—no extensions will be given. All submissions to NSDI 2005 must be electronic, in PDF or PostScript, via this Web form.

Authors will be notified of acceptance decisions via email by January 15, 2005. If you do not receive notification by that date, contact the Program Chairs at

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

Poster Sessions
Do you have interesting work in progress you would like to share? Poster sessions are for you! Poster sessions introduce new or ongoing work, and 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 March 29, 2005, to Eddie Kohler and Michael Dahlin, the poster session chairs, will send back decisions by April 15, 2005.

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 USENIX Conference Department at BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in February 2005 on the conference 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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