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9th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '12)

April 25–27, 2012
San Jose, CA

Sponsored by USENIX in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGOPS

Important Dates

  • Paper titles and abstracts due: September 27, 2011, 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Complete paper submissions due: October 4, 2011, 5:00 p.m. PDT (hard deadline)
  • Notification of acceptance: December 20, 2011
  • Papers due for shepherding: February 22, 2012
  • Final papers due: March 14, 2012
  • Symposium Organizers

    Program Co-Chairs
    Steven Gribble, University of Washington
    Dina Katabi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Program Committee
    David Andersen, Carnegie Mellon University
    John Byers, Boston University
    Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research
    Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft Research
    Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge
    Nick Feamster, Georgia Tech
    Michael Freedman, Princeton University
    Roxana Geambasu, Columbia University
    Srikanth Kandula, Microsoft Research
    Brad Karp, University College London
    Eddie Kohler, Harvard University
    Arvind Krishnamurthy, University of Washington
    Kate Lin, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
    Michael Mitzenmacher, Harvard University
    Ed Nightingale, Microsoft Research
    Brian Noble, University of Michigan
    Srinivasan Seshan, Carnegie Mellon University
    Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell University
    Kun Tan, Microsoft Research
    Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego
    Geoffrey Voelker, University of California, San Diego
    Andrew Warfield, University of British Columbia
    Matt Welsh, Google
    Xiaowei Yang, Duke University
    Nickolai Zeldovich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Steering Committee
    Brian Noble, University of Michigan
    Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
    Mike Schroeder, Microsoft Research
    Alex C. Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
    Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research
    Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego


    NSDI focuses on the design principles, implementation, and practical evaluation of large-scale networked and distributed systems. Systems as diverse as data centers, Internet routing, peer-to-peer and overlay networks, storage clusters, sensor networks, wireless and mobile systems, Web-based systems, and measurement infrastructures share a set of common challenges. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the networking and systems community to foster a broad approach to addressing our common research challenges.


    NSDI will provide a high-quality, single-track forum for presenting new results and discussing ideas that overlap these disciplines. We seek a broad variety of work that furthers the knowledge and understanding of the networked systems community as a whole, continues a significant research dialog, or pushes the architectural boundaries of large-scale network services.

    We solicit papers describing original and previously unpublished research. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    • Highly available and reliable networked systems
    • Security and fault tolerance of networked systems
    • Distributed storage, caching, and query processing
    • Energy-efficient computing in networked systems
    • Overlay networks and peer-to-peer systems
    • Mobile applications and OS support for mobile or sensor systems
    • Wireless networked systems, including cross-layer and PHY-aware systems
    • Network measurements, workload, and topology characterization systems
    • Self-organizing, autonomous, and federated networked systems
    • Managing, debugging, and diagnosing problems in networked/distributed systems
    • Virtualization and resource management for networked systems and clusters
    • Experience with deployed networked systems
    • An innovative solution for a significant problem involving networked systems

    What to Submit

    Submissions must be full papers, at most 14 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references, two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with a maximum text block of 6.5" wide x 9" deep with .25" inter-column space. Papers that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness.

    NSDI is single-blind, meaning that authors should include their names on their paper submissions and do not need to obscure references to their existing work. Authors must submit their paper's title and abstract by September 27, 2011, and the corresponding full paper is due by October 4, 2011 (hard deadline). All papers must be submitted via the Web form.

    Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection by December 20, 2011. If your paper is accepted and you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact as soon as possible. (Visa applications can take at least 30 working days to process.) Please identify yourself as a presenter and include your mailing address in your email.

    Accepted papers may be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the Program Committee. Based on initial feedback from the Program Committee, authors of shepherded papers will submit an editorial revision of their paper to their Program Committee shepherd by February 22, 2012. The shepherd will review the paper and give the author additional comments. All authors, shepherded or not, will upload their final file to the submissions system by March 14, 2012, for the conference Proceedings.

    All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference. 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, April 25, 2012.

    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.

    Previous publication at a workshop is acceptable as long as the NSDI submission includes substantial new material. For instance, submitting a paper that provides a full evaluation of an idea that was previously sketched in a 5-page position paper is acceptable. Authors of such papers should cite the prior workshop paper and clearly state the submission's contribution relative to the prior workshop publication.

    Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines should contact the Program Co-Chairs,, or the USENIX office,

    Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX NSDI '12 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

    One author per paper will receive a registration discount. USENIX will offer a complimentary registration upon request.

    Best Paper Awards

    Awards will be given for the best paper(s) at the conference.

    Community Award

    To encourage broader code and data sharing within the NSDI community, the conference will also present a "Community Award" for the best paper whose code and/or data set is made publicly available by the final papers deadline, March 14, 2012. Authors who would like their paper to be considered for this award will have the opportunity to tag their paper during the submission process.

    Registration Materials

    Complete program and registration information will be available in January 2012 on the conference Web site. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

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