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2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference

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Conference Overview

Important Dates

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General Session Refereed
Papers Track

Free and Open Source
Software (FREENIX) Track

Invited Talks and Guru Sessions

Training Program

WiPs, Posters, and BoFs

Sponsorship Opportunities

Call for Papers
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The 2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference General Session Program Committee seeks original and innovative papers about modern computing systems, emphasizing implementations with measured results. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Benchmarking
  • Deployment experience
  • Distributed and parallel systems
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy/power management
  • File and storage systems
  • Networking and network services
  • Operating systems
  • Reliability and availability
  • Security, privacy, and trust
  • Self-managing systems
  • Usage studies and workload characterization
  • Virtual machines
  • Web technology
  • Wireless and mobile systems

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers at the conference. Please see the Compendium of Best Papers for examples of Best Papers from previous years.

How to Submit
Authors are required to submit full papers by 11:59 p.m. PDT, Friday, October 22, 2004. This is a hard deadline; absolutely no extensions will be given.

All submissions for USENIX '05 will be electronic, in PostScript or PDF format, via this Web form. Authors will be notified of receipt of submission via email.

Submitted papers must be no longer than 14 single-spaced pages, including figures, tables, and references, using 10 point font or larger. The first page of the paper should include the paper title and author name(s); reviewing is not blind. Papers longer than 14 pages will not be reviewed.

New this year is the extended abstract format. Authors may submit short papers, at most 4 pages long. These will be reviewed, and accepted submissions will be included in the Proceedings, and time will be provided in the Short Papers Session for brief presentations of these papers. We expect that this format will appeal to authors who wish to publicize early ideas, convey results that do not require a full-length paper, or advocate new positions. The program committee may accept some standard submissions as extended abstracts if they feel the submission is interesting but does not meet the criteria of a full-length paper. Submissions to the Short Papers Session are due Friday, October 29.

Specific questions about submissions may be sent to

In a good paper, the authors will have:

  • attacked a significant problem
  • devised an interesting and practical solution
  • clearly described what they have and have not implemented
  • demonstrated the benefits of their solution
  • articulated the advances beyond previous work
  • drawn appropriate conclusions

The USENIX Annual Technical Conference, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to more than one conference or publication, that submitted papers not be previously published elsewhere, and that accepted papers not be subsequently published elsewhere for a year from the date of acceptance by USENIX. Papers submitted to this conference that are under review elsewhere will not be considered. Papers accompanied by non-disclosure-agreement forms cannot be accepted. 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 will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection by December 7, 2004. Accepted papers will be shepherded by a program committee member. Final papers must be no longer than 14 pages, formatted in 2 columns, using 10 point Times Roman type on 12 point leading, in a text block of 6.5" by 9".

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

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