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"From the Trenches"
The First Workshop on Industrial Experiences with Systems Software (WIESS'2000)
October 22, 2000

Co-located with the 4th Symposium on Operating Systems Design & Implementation (OSDI 2000), October 23-25, 2000, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, CA 

Co-sponsored by USENIX,  IEEE TCOS, and ACM SIGOPS

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Important Dates

Paper Submissions due: Monday, May 15, 2000
Notification to authors: Thursday, June 29, 2000
Revised papers for shepherding: Tuesday, August 1, 2000
Camera-ready papers due: Thursday, August 31, 2000
WIESS'2000: Sunday, October 22, 2000

Workshop Organizers

Program Chair: Dejan S. Milojicic, HP Labs

Program Committee:
Gaurav Banga, Network Appliance 
Mark R. Brown, Microsoft 
Mark S. Brown, IBM 
Eduard Bugnion, VMware 
Rob Gingel, Sun Microsystems 
Fred Glover, Compaq 
Ira Greenberg, Oracle 
Larry Huston, Intel 
Rodger Lea, Sony 
Udi Manber, Yahoo 
Franklin Reynolds, Nokia 
Toshi Sakuraba, Hitachi 
Indira Subramanian, HP
Franco Travostino, Nortel Networks 
Richard Wheeler, EMC Corporation 

Steering Committee:
Jean Bacon, Cambridge University, SIGOPS Member 
Andrew Hume, AT&T Research, USENIX President 
Valerie Issarny, INRIA, ACM SIGOPS Vice Chair 
Mike B. Jones, Microsoft Research, IEEE-CS TCOS Vice Chair 
Marshall Kirk McKusick, Author and Consultant, USENIX Member 
Dejan S. Milojicic, HP Labs, IEEE-CS TCOS Chair 

Posters Chair: TBA 

Publication Chair: Alan Messer, HP Labs


The first Workshop on Industrial Experiences with Systems Software, 
(WIESS'2000) will feature short papers (5-10 pages), abstracts, and 
posters on designing, implementing, and using industrial system software 
and applications. It is an attempt to allow people from "the trenches" 
to present their work. 

SOSP and OSDI conferences feature very high quality technical programs that 
have also "raised the bar" for paper acceptance. It has therefore become 
more difficult for authors of papers presenting industrial experience to be 
 included in these programs.  WIESS is an attempt to complement SOSP and OSDI, 
and focus primarily on industry results of immediate benefit and use rather 
than long-term research.   The informal character of the workshop will 
feature short papers and abstracts combined with posters that will allow 
the participants to focus on the practical aspects and current 
problems in the field. 

Submission Guidelines

WIESS will focus on papers that draw important conclusions from practical 
experience in developing and using system software solutions. War stories, 
outrageous conclusions, and negative results are especially welcome. 

Topics of interest should include, but not be limited to: 

  • Operating Systems 
  • Distributed Systems 
  • Real Time & Quality of Service 
  • Embedded Systems 
  • Security and Privacy 
  • Networking 
  • Internet 
  • Web-Based Technologies 
  • Programming Environments and Tools 
  • Fault Tolerance and High Availability 
  • Middleware 
  • Appliances and Personal Digital Assistants 
  • System Administration and Configuration 
Papers will be valued for the relevance and usability of the work more 
than for the presentation.   Authors will have a chance to 
improve their presentation with the assistance of a shepherd appointed from 
the program committee.  A good paper will demonstrate that the authors have: 
  • attacked a significant problem; 
  • come up with an appropriate and usable solution; 
  • demonstrated the benefits and use of their solution; 
  • drawn some relevant experience (positive or negative). 
The best 20-30 papers will appear in the conference proceedings. The other 
accepted papers will appear as short abstracts. Most papers 
(except those that clearly did not meet the above criteria) will 
be provided an opportunity to present their work as a poster 
at WIESS 2000. 

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. 

Deadline and Submission Instructions

Submitted papers should be received by Monday, May 15, 2000. 
Papers should be submitted using Web:

Templates in Word, FramMaker, troff, and LaTex will be made available with 
informal instructions on how to write the paper. Submitted papers should 
be 5-10 pages, single-spaced 8.5x11 inches, including figures, tables and 
references. Only printable PS and PDF (preferably) will be accepted. 

Registration Materials

Materials containing all details of the program, 
registration fees and forms, and hotel information will be available in 
July 2000. If you wish to receive the registration materials, please 
visit the symposium Web site or contact: 

   USENIX Conference Office 
   22672 Lambert Street, Suite 613 
   Lake Forest, CA 92630, USA 
   Phone: +1 (949) 588-8649 
   Fax: +1 (949) 588-9706 


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