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NSDI '07 Call for Papers

4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation (NSDI '07)
April 11–13, 2007
Cambridge, MA, USA

Sponsored by USENIX in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM and ACM SIGOPS

Important Dates
Paper titles and abstracts due: October 2, 2006, 11:59 p.m. GMT
Complete paper submissions due: October 9, 2006, 11:59 p.m. GMT  Hard Deadline

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Notification of acceptance: December 22, 2006
Papers due for shepherding: January 26, 2007
Final papers due: February 20, 2007

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
Hari Balakrishnan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peter Druschel, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Program Committee
Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge University
Mike Dahlin, University of Texas at Austin
Rebecca Isaacs, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Deepak Ganesan, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Albert Greenberg, AT&T Labs—Research
Krishna Gummadi, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Brad Karp, University College, London
Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA/IRISA
Jinyang Li, New York University
Barbara Liskov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Petros Maniatis, Intel Research, Berkeley
Eugene Ng, Rice University
Sylvia Ratnasamy, Intel Research, Berkeley
Srinivasan Seshan, Carnegie Mellon University
Anees Shaikh, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Emin Gun Sirer, Cornell University
Alex Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley

Steering Committee
Thomas Anderson, University of Washington
Mike Jones, Microsoft Research
Greg Minshall
Robert Morris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mike Schroeder, Microsoft Research
Amin Vahdat, University of California, San Diego
Ellie Young, USENIX

NSDI focuses on the design principles of large-scale networked and distributed computer systems. Systems as diverse as Internet routing, peer-to-peer and overlay networks, sensor networks, Web-based systems, and network measurement infrastructures share a set of common challenges. Progress in any of these areas requires a deep understanding of how researchers are addressing the challenges of large-scale systems in other contexts. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the networking and systems community—including computer networks, distributed systems, and operating systems—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 robustness of networked systems
  • Novel architectures for networked systems (e.g., for specific application domains)
  • Overlay networks and peer-to-peer systems
  • Mobile, wireless, and sensor network systems
  • Network measurements, workload, and topology characterization
  • Autonomous and self-configuring networked systems
  • Managing, debugging, and diagnosing problems in networked systems
  • Resource management and virtualization for networked systems
  • Distributed storage, caching, and query processing
  • Practical protocols and algorithms for networked systems
  • Application experiences based on networked systems
  • Novel operating system support for 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. Papers that do not meet the requirements on size and format will not be reviewed. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness.

NSDI is now single- rather than double-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 11:59 p.m. GMT on October 2, 2006, and the corresponding full paper is due by 11:59 p.m. GMT on October 9, 2006 (hard deadline). All papers must be submitted via this Web form. 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 January 26, 2007. The shepherd will review the paper and give the author additional comments. All authors (shepherded or not) will produce a final, printable PDF and the equivalent HTML by February 20, 2007, for the conference Proceedings.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In some cases, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration.

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 Chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Best Paper Awards
Awards will be given for the best paper and the best paper for which a student is the lead author.

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

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in January 2007 on the conference Web site. The information will be in both HTML and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

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