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USENIX Windows NT Workshop

August 11-13, 1997, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington,

The USENIX Windows NT Workshop is a forum for researchers actively using or planning to use Windows NT to discuss ideas and share information, experiences, and results. While an increasing amount of research work is being done on Windows NT, until now there has been no common forum where researchers could gather and learn from each other's work. This workshop is intended to address this need.

The workshop will include technical presentations of submitted position papers, invited talks, break-out sessions for highly interactive focused discussions, informal Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, and tutorials. While proceedings will be published, the primary purpose of the workshop is to facilitate 2.5 to 3 days of useful interaction among the participants — not to provide yet another specialized systems publication venue.

We encourage anyone using or adopting Windows NT as their research base to participate.

Topics: We are soliciting presentations and break-out session proposals covering a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Applications
  • Manageability
  • Security
  • Availability
  • Performance and scalability
  • Networking and distributed systems
  • File and database systems
  • Graphics
  • User interfaces
  • Hardware architectures
  • Programming environments
  • Tools and utilities
  • Porting
  • Integration into existing environments

Important Dates

Original submission deadline March 3, 1997
Extended submission deadline March 10, 1997
Break-out session proposals requested by March 21, 1997
Notification of acceptance April 4, 1997
Registration materials available by May, 1997
Final position papers due June 30, 1997
USENIX Windows NT Workshop August 11-13, 1997

Workshop Co-Chairs:
Ed Lazowska, Chair, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Michael B. Jones, Microsoft Research, Microsoft Corporation

Steering Committee:
Trevor Mudge, University of Michigan
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
Thorsten von Eicken, Cornell University

Program Committee:
Tom Anderson, University of California at Berkeley
Bryant Bigbee, Intel Corporation
Bill Carpenter, VenturCom, Inc.
Anton Chernoff, Digital Equipment Corporation
Andrew Chien, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brad Chen, Harvard University
Jim Gray, Microsoft Bay Area Research Center
Carl Hauser, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Mike Jones, Microsoft Research (co-chair)
Ed Lazowska, University of Washington (co-chair)
Avi Mendelson, Technion
Trevor Mudge, University of Michigan
Richard Oehler, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Thorsten von Eicken, Cornell University

Proposals for Technical Presentations: We are soliciting presentations of concepts, research, and experiences relevant to researchers using Windows NT. Participants interested in making technical presentations should e-mail a 1-5 page position paper to by March 3, 1997 with the subject line "NT workshop submission". The e-mail containing your submission should begin with the following information in this format:

Title: (title of submission)
Authors: (names of all authors)
Contact: (primary contact for submission)
Address: (contact's full postal address)
Phone: (contact's telephone number)
Fax: (contact's fax number if available)
E-mail: (contact's e-mail address — very important)

Submissions must be in Microsoft Word, HTML, or FrameMaker format and should be encoded for transport with either the uuencode or the MIME base64 encoding. Filenames used in your submission should be based on your last name, e.g. smith.doc and smith.html. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return e-mail within one week; if an acknowledgement is not received please send e-mail to

Proposals for Break-Out Sessions: The workshop will include scheduled break-out sessions on topics of interest to different sub-groups. Examples of kinds of break-out sessions include working groups, panels, and sets of demonstrations; others are also possible. If you want to see a particular topic or problem addressed at the workshop, break-out sessions are intended to provide you with a vehicle to make it happen. Final selection will be based in part on interest indicated on registration forms. Proposals for break-out sessions should be e-mailed to with the subject line "NT workshop break-out session proposal" by March 21, 1997. Please describe the format of the proposed session and indicate if you are willing to help organize it.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings of attendees interested in a particular topic to be held in the evenings. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by e-mailing with the subject line "NT workshop BoF proposal". They may also be scheduled at the workshop.

Works-in-Progress Session: The workshop will include a session of short presentations on works-in-progress. Information on submitting works-in-progress session proposals will be made available on the workshop web site.

Usage Abstracts: All workshop participants without an accepted position paper will be required to submit a one page abstract or summary at the time that they register describing what they are doing or considering doing with Windows NT. These abstracts will be made available on the workshop web site before the workshop and will also be distributed in paper form to attendees. The abstracts are intended to facilitate communication among attendees, helping people find others with similar interests or problems.

Registration: Materials containing all details of the technical and symposia programs, registration fees and forms, and hotel information will be available by May, 1997. If you wish to receive the registration materials, please contact:

USENIX Conference Office
22672 Lambert Street, Suite 613
Lake Forest CA 92630
(714) 588-8649
Fax: (714) 588-9706

Questions: Questions about the workshop can be sent to (But please check the workshop web site for the answers to your questions before sending mail.)

Web Site: For current workshop information see the USENIX NT97 Events pages.

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