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8th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '11)

March 30–April 1, 2011
Boston, MA

Sponsored by USENIX in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGOPS

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Important Dates

  • Paper titles and abstracts due: September 16, 2010, 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Complete paper submissions due: September 23, 2010, 5:00 p.m. PDT (hard deadline)
  • Notification of acceptance: December 10, 2010
  • Papers due for shepherding: February 15, 2011
  • Final papers due: March 2, 2011
  • Symposium Organizers

    Program Co-Chairs
    David G. Andersen, Carnegie Mellon University
    Sylvia Ratnasamy, Intel Labs Berkeley

    Program Committee
    Aditya Akella, University of Wisconsin—Madison
    Katerina Argyraki, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin—Madison
    Hari Balakrishnan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Andrew Birrell, Microsoft Research
    Byung-Gon Chun, Intel Labs Berkeley
    Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
    Rodrigo Fonseca, Brown University
    Paul Francis, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
    Brad Karp, University College London
    Dina Katabi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Eddie Kohler, University of California, Los Angeles, and Meraki
    Jinyang Li, New York University
    Bruce Maggs, Duke University and Akamai Technologies
    Ratul Mahajan, Microsoft Research
    David Maltz, Microsoft Research
    David Mazières, Stanford University
    Jitendra Padhye, Microsoft Research
    KyoungSoo Park, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
    Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
    Alex C. Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
    Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, New York University
    Helen Wang, Microsoft Research
    Bill Weihl, Google

    Steering Committee
    Thomas Anderson, University of Washington
    Brian Noble, University of Michigan
    Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
    Mike Schroeder, Microsoft Research
    Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research
    Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego
    Ellie Young, USENIX


    NSDI focuses on the design principles, implementation, and practical evaluation of large-scale networked and distributed systems. Systems as diverse as Internet routing, data centers, peer-to-peer and overlay networks, storage clusters, sensor networks, Web-based systems, and measurement infrastructures share a set of common challenges. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the networking and systems community to foster a broad 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 a broad variety of work that furthers the knowledge and understanding of the networked 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:

    • Highly available and reliable networked systems
    • Security and fault tolerance of networked systems
    • Clean-slate approaches to networked systems
    • Distributed storage, caching, and query processing
    • Energy-efficient computing in networked systems
    • Overlay networks and peer-to-peer systems
    • Mobile and wireless networked systems
    • Protocols and operating system support for sensor networking
    • Network measurements, workload, and topology characterization systems
    • Self-organizing, autonomous, and federated networked systems
    • Managing, debugging, and diagnosing problems in networked/distributed systems
    • Virtualization and resource management for networked systems and clusters
    • Practical protocols and algorithms for networked systems
    • Experience with deployed networked systems
    • Novel operating system support for networked systems

    What to Submit

    Submissions must be full papers, at most 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, with a maximum text block of 6.5" wide x 9" deep with .25" inter-column space. Papers that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. NSDI is single-blind, meaning that authors should include their names on their paper submissions and do not need to obscure references to their existing work. Authors must submit their paper's title and abstract by September 16, 2010, and the corresponding full paper is due by September 23, 2010 (hard deadline). All papers must be submitted via the Web form. 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 February 15, 2011. The shepherd will review the paper and give the author additional comments. All authors, shepherded or not, will upload their final file to the submissions system by March 2, 2011, for the conference Proceedings.

    All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the conference, March 30, 2011.

    Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details.

    Previous publication at a workshop is acceptable as long as the NSDI submission includes substantial new material. For instance, submitting a paper that provides a full evaluation of an idea that was previously sketched in a 5-page position paper is acceptable. Authors of such papers should cite the prior workshop paper and clearly state the submission's contribution relative to the prior workshop publication.

    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 on the USENIX NSDI '11 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

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

    Best Paper Awards

    Awards will be given for the best paper(s) at the conference.

    Registration Materials

    Complete program and registration information will be available in December 2010 on the conference Web site. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

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