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The OSDI 2000 Poster session will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 on Tuesday, October 24 during the OSDI 2000 Symposium.

Physically, a "poster" is a portrait format sheet of paper, mounted on foam-core, 3' x 4' in size. Usually it is broken down into several frames, which correspond to the slides in a presentation. A presenter stands by these posters and describes the work to people as they view the material.

A poster is an ideal way to present your ongoing work in a more structured manner than a work-in-progress talk, yet one that makes for easy interaction and discussion. You might consider providing an overview of some of your recent work, or describing one aspect in more detail, or use it to get feedback on work you are thinking about starting.

Poster topics will be chosen that appear that they will be of interest to the attendees and that will generate lively discussions. Suitable topics include those appropriate for the OSDI symposium.

The Poster session is being organized by Fred Douglis.

Mechanics of Submission

To obtain a poster-session slot, please:

  1. Develop a posters in sketch/outline form, plus up to 2 pages of "speaker notes" to accompany it. The ideal would be to end up with a "thumbnail" for your poster, occupying a page, together with the text you would give to somebody else so they could represent you at the poster session.

  2. Put these into a single Adobe PDF file that contains no more than four 8.5" x 11" pages.

  3. Construct a single piece of email, as follows:
    1. The main body of the email (not an attachment!) should be a cover letter, that provides:
      • contact info, such as phone number, email, address;
      • your name(s) and affiliation(s), as you would like them listed in a program;
      • the title of the poster;
      • a single-paragraph abstract, no more than 10 lines long;
      • will you also require a table, chair, and power for your laptop? (yes/no);
      • are you also submitting Work-in-Progress on same topic? (yes/no);
      • anything else that it will be vital for us to know.
    2. A single MIME-encoded attachment containing the Adobe PDF file you constructed above.


  4. Email the result to by Wednesday, September 20th, 2000.  This is a hard deadline. Please don't use this email address for correspondence - the mailbox will probably not even be looked at until the deadline! If you do have questions, please write directly to the posters chair at
If your poster is accepted, you will be notified by September 29th.

Your poster will be listed on the conference web site, and you will be expected to provide an extended abstract for the web site as well.

USENIX uses 3' x 4' poster boards (they are very sturdy/strong).  They provide push pins and an easel.  Blank poster boards will be handed out presenters when they pick up their conference materials at the conference.  Upon request, they can also provide a table/chair/power for your laptop if needed.

(The mechanics of the submission process are largely borrowed from John Wilkes's procedure for SOSP'99 posters. His permission is appreciated.)

Important Dates

Proposal submissions due

Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Notification to authors

Friday, September 29, 2000

OSDI Poster session

Tuesday, October 24, 2000, 6:00PM-8:00PM

4th OSDI Symposium

Monday-Wednesday, October 23-25, 2000

Note: A Work- in-Progress session is also being held at OSDI. Authors may submit the same work both for WiP and Poster presentation if they desire.

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