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A message from Real-Time Systems Journal about short papers and correspondences.

We are pleased to announce that the Real-Time Systems journal now accepts Short Papers and Correspondence Articles for publication.

Short Papers represent a means for fast publication of new, high-quality ideas in the form of short, critically refereed, technical papers. Submissions are accepted on a continuing basis, and accepted papers will be published immediately online and in the next available print issue. Submissions are welcomed on any topic in real-time systems, especially, but not limited to:

novel techniques for the implementation of standard algorithms;
significant improvements to existing well-known approaches;
comparative evaluations of existing approaches;
well-formed lucid critiques of standards.
Correspondence Articles identify (and correct) significant errors found in published papers. All correspondence articles are subject to review and if necessary, responses from authors of the original paper. Accepted correspondence articles will be published immediately online and in the next available print issue.

Authors should submit their manuscript through Editorial Manager™ at, selecting “SHORT PAPER” or “CORRESPONDENCE” as the article type.

Please help us to make these new submission types a success by informing your colleagues as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued efforts on behalf of the Real-Time Systems journal!


Tarek Abdelzaher
Giorgio Buttazzo
Krithi Ramamritham

Real-Time Systems


FAST '11 Call for Papers

9th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '11)

February 15–18, 2011
San Jose, CA

Sponsored by USENIX in cooperation with ACM SIGOPS

Important Dates

■Paper submissions due: September 2, 2010, 11:59 p.m. EDT

■Notification of acceptance: November 8, 2010

■Final paper files due: December 16, 2010

Conference Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
John Wilkes, Google

Program Committee
Marcos K. Aguilera, Microsoft Research
Cristiana Amza, University of Toronto
John Bent, Los Alamos National Lab
Jeff Chase, Duke University
Jeff Hammerbacher, Cloudera
Steve Hand, University of Cambridge
Wilson Hsieh, Google
Arkady Kanevsky, EMC
Christos Karamanolis, VMware
Michael A. Kozuch, Intel Labs Pittsburgh
Carlos Maltzahn, University of California, Santa Cruz
Arif Merchant, HP Labs
Brian Noble, University of Michigan
James Plank, University of Tennessee
Benjamin Reed, Yahoo! Research
Ohad Rodeh, IBM Almaden Research Center
Rob Ross, Argonne National Lab
Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Keith Smith, NetApp
Eno Thereska, Microsoft Research
Cristian Ungureanu, NEC Labs
Elizabeth Varki, University of New Hampshire
Andrew Warfield, University of British Columbia
Hakim Weatherspoon, Cornell University

Tutorial Chair
David Pease, IBM Almaden Research Center

Steering Committee
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Randal Burns, Johns Hopkins University
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Garth Gibson, Carnegie Mellon University and Panasas
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Kimberly Keeton, HP Labs
Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jai Menon, IBM Research
Erik Riedel, EMC
Margo Seltzer, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research
Ric Wheeler, Red Hat
John Wilkes, Google
Ellie Young, USENIX Association


The 9th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '11) brings together storage system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems. "Storage systems" is interpreted broadly: everything from low-level storage-devices up to information management is of interest. The conference will consist of two and a half days of technical presentations, including refereed papers, Work-in-Progress (WiP) reports, and a poster session.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

■Archival storage systems
■Auditability and provenance
■Caching, replication, and consistency
■Cloud storage
■Data-intensive applications
■Database storage
■Distributed I/O (wide-area, grid, peer-to-peer)
■Empirical evaluation of storage systems
■Experience with deployed systems
■File system design
■Mobile and personal storage
■Parallel I/O
■Power-aware storage architectures
■Reliability, availability, and disaster tolerance
■Search and data retrieval
■Solid state storage technologies and uses (e.g., SSD, PCM)
■Storage for virtualized environments
■Storage management
■Storage networking
■Storage performance and QoS
■Storage security

Submission Instructions

Please submit full papers (no extended abstracts) in PDF format via the Web form, which will be available here soon. Do not email submissions.

■The complete submission must be no longer than eleven (11) pages, excluding references. It should be typeset in two-column format in 10 point Times Roman type on 12 point leading (single-spaced), with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. References should not be set in a smaller font. Submissions that violate any of these restrictions will not be reviewed. The limits will be interpreted strictly. No extensions will be given for reformatting.
■There are no formal restrictions on the use of color in graphs or charts, but please use them sparingly—not everybody has access to a color printer.
■Authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments).
■Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details.
■If you are uncertain whether your submission meets USENIX's guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,
■Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered.

Blind reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, assisted by outside referees. Accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

All papers will be available online to registered attendees, no earlier than December 17, 2010. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the conference, February 16, 2011. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX FAST '11 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact

Best Paper Awards

Awards will be given for the best paper(s) at the conference. A small, selected set of papers will be forwarded for publication in ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS) via a fast-path editorial process.

Work-in-Progress Reports and Poster Session

The FAST technical sessions will include a slot for short Work-in-Progress (WiP) reports presenting preliminary results and opinion statements. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work and ones that will provoke informative debate.

We will also hold a poster session, open to any submitter. WiP submissions will automatically be considered for a poster slot. Authors of all accepted full papers will be asked to present a poster on their paper.

Arrangements for submitting posters and WiPs will be announced later.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic; they are held in the evenings. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by emailing the Conference Department at BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Tutorial Sessions

Tutorial sessions will be held before the main conference. Please send tutorial proposals to


Call for Papers

EuroSys'11, the European Conference on Computer Systems, seeks papers on all aspects of computer systems, especially ones that bridge traditionally disjoint areas. All areas of operating systems and distributed systems are of interest, including:

Systems aspects of:
Continuous media
Cloud, grid, and internet/web computing
Databases, and information and data management
Dependable computing and storage
Distributed computing
Local and distributed storage
Management, autonomics, and control
Measurement, monitoring, analysis, and diagnostics
Mobile, personal, and pervasive computing
Novel uses of information technology
Novel user interfaces
Parallel and concurrent computing
Programming-language support
Real-time and embedded computing
Sensor nets and tiny devices
Service-oriented architectures
Experience with existing systems
Reproduction or refutation of previous results
Negative results
Early ideas

In addition to papers that report on the design, implementation, evaluation and deployment of systems or research work, we also actively encourage papers about new ideas, or experiences with ideas or systems. Appropriate standards will be applied to papers in different categories: for experiences papers, evaluation and lessons-learned will be more important than novelty.

Papers are reviewed by the program committee, with the help of outside referees. Papers will be accepted primarily for their impact on the systems community. Novelty, clarity of explanation, thoroughness of evaluation, and bridging gaps between different communities are additional criteria. Acceptance may be provisional, subject to further shepherding by a member of the program committee before final acceptance.

Reviewing will be double-blind, meaning the authors' identities will be hidden from the reviewers (note that this is a change in policy to previous EuroSys conferences). EuroSys applies ACM's policies for plagiarism, submission confidentiality, reviewer anonymity, and prior and concurrent paper submission; see for more details. Submissions accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered.

Note that the above does not preclude the submission of a paper that is derived from a previous short paper or workshop paper, as long as it provides a significant new contribution (e.g., a more complete evaluation of an idea) and clearly indicates the nature and extent of the new material in the submission.

Paper submission

Submissions may not exceed 12 pages double column, including everything (i.e., figures, tables, references, appendices, etc.), and should use a 10pt font. A LaTeX style file is available from the submission site. No changes to margins, spacing, or font sizes are allowed from those specified by the style file. Papers that violate the submission guidelines will be automatically rejected without consideration of their merit. Accepted papers will be allowed 14 pages in the proceedings. At least one author of an accepted paper will be expected to travel to the conference to present it.

Authors who are unsure whether their submissions might meet these guidelines, or with specific questions about the guidelines, are welcome to contact the program committee chair, via

EuroSys'11 welcomes submissions and attendance from all over the world. To encourage diversity, any single author may be named on at most three papers.

In order to encourage and aid authors less experienced in writing competitive systems papers, we offer a pre-submission option. All complete papers received by the pre-submission deadline (4 weeks before the actual paper deadline) will, within one week, receive feedback from an experienced systems researcher and reviewer on how to improve the paper. This feedback will focus on structure and presentation issues and emphasize improving the writeup rather than critiquing the research. Pre-reviewers may or may not be members of the program committee, and may or may not review the final paper (but are subject to the same confidentiality rules as actual reviewers). As such, the same standards of double-blind reviewing apply as for the final papers.

In addition to paper presentations, EuroSys'11 will have a poster session. Submissions for posters will open closer to the conference deadline. Accepted papers will automatically qualify for the poster session, and authors will be strongly encouraged to participate. We will offer awards for the best paper and for the best paper with a student as the primary author.

Important Dates

Paper pre-submission deadline September 10, 2010
Abstract submission deadline October 3, 2010
Full paper submission deadline October 10, 2010, 23:59 UTC (no extensions)
Reviews released to authors December 25, 2010
Author rebuttals due December 31, 2010
Notification to authors January 8, 2011
Camera-ready and copyright-form deadline TBA
Conference April 10-13, 2011


Eighth Annual International Conference on
Virtual Execution Environments (VEE 2012)
London, UK, March 3–4 2012

"Virtualization has a central role on modern systems, nowadays being a key aspect of how systems are developed, executed, and managed in environments ranging from mobile computing devices to large-scale data centers. Virtualization techniques are applied at many interfaces, from hardware, to OS system calls, to high-level language run times, to cloud management stacks. While these approaches differ dramatically in implementation, they target similar benefits and often must tackle related challenges.

The 2012 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments brings together researchers across the many applications of virtualization in today's systems. We invite original papers on topics relating to virtualization – especially those that will have broad appeal across these approaches."

Important Dates
Full paper deadline: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (midnight, PST)
Author Rebuttal Period: December 8-9, 2011
Notification of acceptance: Monday, December 19, 2011
Final copy deadline: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The submission site is now open; please see the call for papers for more details about submission content and policy.
Note that the paper submission deadline is final; there will be no extensions.


12th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS XII)

May 18–20, 2009
Monte Verità, Switzerland

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, in cooperation with the IEEE Technical Committee on Operating Systems (TCOS)

Important Dates

■Paper submissions due: January 13, 2009, 11:59 p.m. PST (hard deadline)
■Notification to authors: March 20, 2009
■Final papers due: April 20, 2009
■Papers available online for attendees: April 27, 2009
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