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OSDI '02 Call for papers

Fifth Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation
(OSDI '02)

December 9-11, 2002
Boston Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sponsored by USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association
Co-sponsored by ACM SIGOPS
In Cooperation with IEEE TCOS

Important Dates
Paper submissions due May 17, 2002
Midnight PDT
Submissions acknowledged May 27, 2002
Notification to authors of acceptance August 5, 2002
Revised papers due for shepherding September 9, 2002
Camera-ready papers due October 7, 2002
5th OSDI Symposium Mon.–Wed., December 9–11, 2002

Symposium Organizers

Program co-chairs
David Culler, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Druschel, Rice University

Program Committee
Eric Brewer, University of California, Berkeley
Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research
Carla Ellis, Duke University
Dawson Engler, Stanford University
Deborah Estrin, UCLA/ISI
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Jim Gray, Microsoft Research
Jay Lepreau, University of Utah
Robert Morris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Timothy Roscoe, Intel Berkeley Research Lab
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research
David Wetherall, University of Washington

Steering Committee
Mike Jones, Microsoft Research
Frans Kaashoek, MIT

Symposium Overview
The fifth OSDI seeks to present innovative, exciting work in the systems area. OSDI brings together professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds in what has become a premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and implications of systems software.

The OSDI Symposium emphasizes both innovative research and quantified experience. OSDI takes a broad view of what the systems area encompasses and solicits contributions from all fields of systems practice: operating systems, networking, storage, distributed systems, parallel systems, mobile systems, embedded systems, the influence of hardware developments on systems and vice-versa, etc. We particularly encourage contributions containing highly original ideas or groundbreaking results that push the systems frontier.

Submitting a Paper
Authors are required to submit full papers by Midnight PDT on May 17, 2002. This is a hard deadline -- no extensions will be given. Submitted papers must be no longer than 14 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references, using 11 point or larger fonts. Papers longer than 14 pages will not be reviewed. Papers so short as to be considered "extended abstracts" will not receive full consideration. A good paper will demonstrate that the authors:

  • are attacking a significant problem,
  • have devised an interesting, compelling solution,
  • have demonstrated the practicality and benefits of the solution,
  • have drawn appropriate conclusions,
  • have clearly described what they have done, and
  • have clearly articulated the advances beyond previous work

Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. Accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

OSDI, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to any other conference or publication, that submissions not be previously published, and that accepted papers not be subsequently published elsewhere. Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Authors of accepted papers will be expected to provide an HTML page containing the abstract of and links to their paper and slides, and if available, to the software described in their paper. This will be collected after the event for inclusion in an electronic version of the Symposium.

Deadline and Submission Instructions
Submitted papers must be received by Midnight PDT on Friday, May 17, 2002. Submission of all papers must be made in electronic form.This is a hard deadline -- no extensions will be given.

Papers must be in PostScript or PDF format (not ASCII) and must be submitted using our Web submission form.

The first page of the paper should also contain the paper title and author name(s). (Reviewing is not blind.)

For more details on the submission process, authors are encouraged to consult the detailed on-line author guidelines.

All submissions will be acknowledged by May 27, 2002. If your submission is not acknowledged by this date, please contact the program chairs promptly at

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

Work-in-Progress Reports
Are you doing new, interesting work that has not been previously presented and that is still in too early a phase for publication? The OSDI attendees could provide valuable feedback to you. We are particularly interested in the presentation of student work. Details on submitting Work-in-Progress session proposals will be made available on the symposium Web site by September 2002.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by phoning the Conference Office at +1 (510) 528-8649 or via email to BoFs may also be scheduled at the symposium.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in September 2002 here on the symposium 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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