SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (12/01/2014)


  1. Announcements:
    SustainIT 20152014-12-05
    * ICDCS 20152014-12-05
    MidDep 20142014-12-09
    * NOSSDAV2014-12-10
    * Special Issue on Small Wearable Internet2014-12-15
    ACM e-Energy 20152015-01-05
    * CF 20152015-01-16
    USENIX ATC 20152015-01-27
    USENIX ATC PTT 20152015-02-03
    * Transact 20152015-02-19
    ICMC 20152015-07-16
    MMSys 20152015-10-17

  2. (*= new this month)

  3. Special Announcements:
    SIGOPS HoF, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page

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    How to unsubscribe, subscribe, and submit requests for announcements.


SustainIT 2015

Title:The Fourth IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability
Abstract Deadline:2014-12-05
Submission Deadline:2014-12-12
Dates:April, 14-15, 2015
Location:Madrid, Spain
The evolving information and communications (ICT) technologies present a unique opportunity to effect the transformation needed to move us towards the goal of sustainability by helping to reduce our carbon footprint, mitigate and adapt ill effects of climate change, reduce and repair environmental damage, provide effective disaster response and recovery, creatively manage overstressed infrastructures in crowded urban systems, and enhance use of planet friendly materials and technologies. This year's SustainIT continues this theme by focusing on inter-disciplinary scientific challenges of enhancing the sustainability of ICT and via ICT.


ICDCS 2015

Title:The 35th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2015)
Abstract Deadline:2014-12-05
Submission Deadline:2014-12-12
Dates:June 29th - July 2nd, 2015
Location:Columbus, Ohio, USA
The ICDCS conference provides a forum for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present their latest research findings in major and emerging areas of distributed computing. Topics include Distributed Data Management, Cloud Computing, Algorithms, Security, Social Networks, Energy Management, Sensor Networks and Mobile Computing. More details can be found on the conference website.


Title:International Workshop on Cloud Analytics
Submission Deadline:2014-12-07
Dates:March 9, 2015
Location:Tempe, AZ
Clouds have become popular platforms for running big data applications, but cloud data centers are also sources of vast amounts of information about the client workloads and servers within them. Given the scale of cloud deployments, systematic analytical approaches are needed to provide insights about these types of cloud data in order to improve the performance, efficiency, and resiliency of cloud platforms. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers with expertise ranging from modeling to systems architecture to exchange ideas, and share their experiences in developing analytics to better deploy, operate and use the cloud.

MidDep 2014

Title:First International Workshop on Middleware for Dependable Systems and Networks
Submission Deadline:2014-12-09
Dates:December, 8-9, 2014
Location:Bordeaux, France
This workshop aims at attracting researchers and practitioners interested in the design of new middleware solutions for building dependable distributed systems and networks with a special interest in applications related to new computing paradigms.



Title:25th ACM SIGMM Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video
Submission Deadline:2014-12-10
Dates:March, 19-19, 2015
NOSSDAV 2015, the 25th annual ACM SIGMM Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video, will be co-located with MMSys in Portland, Oregon. As in previous years, the workshop will continue to focus on both established and emerging research topics, high-risk high-return ideas and proposals, and future research directions in multimedia networking and systems. The workshop is organized in a single-track format that encourages active participation and discussions among academic and industry researchers and practitioners. Out-of the-box ideas are particularly in sought. In addition, a special 25th anniversary session is being planned.


Special Issue on Small Wearable Internet

Title:IEEE Internet Computing Special Issue on Small Wearable Internet
Abstract Deadline:2014-12-15
Submission Deadline:2015-01-14
This issue seeks contributions regarding the interdisciplinary design of efficient protocols and technologies to help implement and provide an advanced wearable Internet. Topics -wearable systems design; -network-connected wearable devices, displays, and augmented reality systems; -wearable sensor networks; -outdoor and home-based wearables; -wearable sensors and wearables as medical devices; -garment-integrated and textile technologies; -performance measurement studies and experimentation with wearable devices; -privacy-enhancing technologies for wearable devices; -security and privacy issues in wearable applications, services, and network systems; -security solutions for wearable technology, authentication, data access, and storage; -personal and body-area networks; -pervasive wireless systems interconnected to wearable devices; -innovative applications in the wearable environment; and -use case studies and prototypes.

ACM e-Energy 2015

Title:The Sixth International Conference on Future Energy Systems
Abstract Deadline:2015-01-05
Submission Deadline:2015-01-12
Dates:July 14-17, 2015
Location:Bangalore, India
ACM e-Energy 2015 aims to be the premier venue for researchers working in the broad areas of computing and communication for smart energy systems (including the smart grid), and in energy-efficient computing and communication systems. By bringing together researchers in a high-quality single-track conference with significant opportunities for individual and small group interactions, it will serve as a major forum for presentations and discussions that will shape the future of this area. ACM eEnergy is committed to a fair, timely, and thorough review process providing authors of submitted papers with sound and detailed feedback.


CF 2015

Title:ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2015
Submission Deadline:2015-01-16
Dates:May, 18-21, 2015
Location:Ischia, Italy
ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2015 (CF'15) May 18 - 21, 2015, Ischia, Italy CALL FOR PAPERS


Title:USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2015
Abstract Deadline:2015-01-27
Submission Deadline:2015-02-03
Dates:July, 8--10, 2015
Location:Santa Clara, CA
USENIX Annual Technical Conference is the senior USENIX forum covering the full range of technical research in systems software. We seek high-quality submissions that further the knowledge and understanding of modern computing systems. We are especially interested in papers broadly focusing on practical techniques for building better software systems: ideas or approaches that provide practical solutions to significant issues facing practitioners. This includes all aspects of system development: techniques for developing systems software; analyzing programs and finding bugs; making systems more efficient, secure, and reliable; and deploying systems and auditing their security. More details can be found on our web-site.


Title:USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2015 (Practitioner Talks Track)
Submission Deadline:2015-02-03
Dates:July, 8--10, 2015
Location:Santa Clara, CA
Industrial practitioners are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute or 40-minute talks to the Practitioner Talks Track of the 2015 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. The USENIX Annual Technical Conference is the senior USENIX forum covering the full range of technical research in systems software. This track seeks presentations about practical solutions and challenges to significant real-world issues facing industrial practitioners. It will provide a unique venue for industrial and academia participants to exchange ideas and experiences. Presenting a talk that you gave before in another venue is allowed!


Transact 2015

Title:10th ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Transactional Computing
Submission Deadline:2015-02-19
Dates:June 15-16, 2015
Location:Portland, OR, USA
Transact 2015 will provide a forum to present and discuss the latest research on all aspects of transactional computing. The tenth in the series, it will extend over two days (rather than the usual one) during the Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC). The scope of the workshop is intentionally broad, with the goal of encouraging interaction across the languages, architecture, systems, database, and theory communities. Papers may address implementation techniques, foundational results, applications and workloads, or experience with working systems. Environments of interest include the full range from multithreaded or multicore processors to high-end parallel computing.

ICMC 2015

Title:The second International Conference on Mathematics and Computing
Submission Deadline:2015-07-16
Dates:01, 05-10, 2015
Location:Haldia, India
The second International Conference on Mathematics and Computing (ICMC 2015) will be held on January 05-10, 2015 in Haldia, India. You can find more information at General Co-Chairs: P. K. Saxena, SAG, DRDO, Delhi, India; P. D. Srivastava,IIT Kharagpur, India. Workshop Chair: Peeyush Chandra, Professor, IIT Kanpur, India. Program Co-Chairs: Ram N. Mohapatra, University of Central Florida, USA; Dipanwita Roy Chowdhury,IIT Kharagpur, India; Debasis Giri, Haldia Institute of Technology, India.

MMSys 2015

Title:ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys)
Submission Deadline:2015-10-17
Dates:March, 18-20, 2015
Location:Portland, OR
The ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys) provides a forum for researchers to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems. While research about specific aspects of multimedia systems are regularly published in the various proceedings and transactions of the networking, operating system, real-time system, and database communities, MMSys aims to cut across these domains in the context of multimedia data types. This provides a unique opportunity to view the intersections and the interplay of the various approaches and solutions developed across these domains to deal with multimedia data types.


Title:SIGOPS HoF, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page
Call for Feedback: SIGOPS Hall of Fame Awards Selection Procedure

At the request of the SIGOPS chair, Jeanna Matthews, a group of us have been 
meeting to consider revisions to the selection procedures for the SIGOPS Hall 
of Fame Awards.

The Hall of Fame Awards were originally envisioned to serve two purposes.  
The first was to recognize papers from the long history of operating systems 
research that have had proven to have widespread impact, considering only papers
that have appeared at least ten years earlier.  The second was to encourage new
authors to aim higher -- to target work that will be seen in the future as 
having had widespread impact.  The selection process was designed to work in 
two stages: starting in a catch-up mode where up to five papers were selected 
per year, and then in steady state, where one to two newly eligible papers would
be chosen.

We have been more successful at the first goal than the second.  Since the 
selection process started in 2005, 34 truly impressive papers have been selected
for the HoF.  However, the median age of a paper at selection has been 25 years,
and only 5 papers published after 1990 have been selected.  Frustratingly, the 
rate of selection of newer papers has not improved; steady state still seems 
very far off.   This is despite the fact that the selected papers were, with few
exceptions, seen as having wide impact within ten years of publication.  
The current procedures also pose difficulties with sustainability of the 
selection process, procedural transparency, and conflict of interest management.

We propose the following modifications to the process:

1) In time for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of 
SIGOPS at SOSP 2015, we propose to complete the selection of the most 
influential papers of the past fifty years of operating systems research.  
The existing Hall of Fame papers provide a great foundation. In essence, 
we want to complete the catch-up mode over the next year.   
We envision the selection being done by a specially-formed program committee 
with two program co-chairs selected by the SIGOPS chair, with a published CFP, 
public nomination process, and standard conflict of interest rules. 
The intention is that the catchup process will cover papers published through 
SOSP 2005, and that nominations can be made by any SIGOPS member, including 
members of the PC.

2) To give us time to complete the catch-up process and to reduce duplicate 
work, we intend to suspend the selection of further papers to the Hall of Fame 
until the program committee can meet.  In particular, we do not intend to 
announce any new HoF awards at OSDI 2014.

3) Starting with OSDI 2016, we propose to select 1-2 papers annually, restricted
to papers that appeared 10-11 years previously, specifically, between 1st 
October in year (X-11) and 30th Sept in year (X-9). The selection committee for
these awards will be made up of the program chairs / co-chairs of the SOSP/OSDI
conferences which were held within that 10-11 year timeframe.

4) We propose the appointment of a small standing steering committee to advise 
the SIGOPS chair on the Hall of Fame selection and to provide process 

Tom Anderson, Peter Druschel, Steve Hand, Jeanna Matthews, Jeff Mogul, Amin Vahdat

(Feedback can be sent to any one of the people above)
Call for Proposals: Availability of 1000 Nodes for Systems Research

NSF's PRObE ( operates four clusters to support
systems research at scale.  The largest is Kodiak
(, which is 1000 nodes
(two core x86, 8GB DRAM, two 1TB disks, 1GE and 8Gbps IB) donated by
Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Today Kodiak is hosting researchers from Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon
and Los Alamos.  Princeton researchers have published results from
Kodiak at the most recent NSDI (Wyatt Lloyd, "Stronger Semantics for
Low-Latency Geo-Replicated Storage", NSDI 2013).  On PRObE staging
clusters are researchers from U Central Florida, UT Austin, Georgia
Tech and Carnegie Mellon.

PRObE resources are intended for (infrastructure) systems researchers
committed to public release of their research results, typically
publishing in distributed systems (eg. OSDI or SOSP), cloud computing
(e.g. SOCC), supercomputing (e.g. SC or HPDC), storage (e.g. FAST), or
networking (e.g. NSDI).

PRObE resources are managed by Emulab ( a cluster
manager for allocating physical nodes that has been in use for systems
research for over a decade (Brian White, "An Experimental Environment
for Distributed Systems and Networks," OSDI 2002).  Users start by
porting and demonstrating their code on a 100-node staging cluster
such as Denali built from the same equipment donation from Los Alamos.
With demonstrated success on a staging cluster, and a compelling
research goal, Kodiak can be requested and allocated, possibly
exclusively, for hours to days.

To start using PRObE resources:
- visit to learn about the resources
- visit to request a PRObE-specific Emulab
- have a research leader or faculty member get an account and define a
  project on
- use Portal to get onto Denali, to allocate a single node experiment,
  login into that node to customize and resave the OS image for your
  project, then launch a multi-node experiment to demonstrate your
  system at less than 100 node scale
- use to request a large allocation
  on Kodiak (this is a HotCRP paper review web site, where your paper
  is a short justification for your research, your preparedness for
  using Kodiak, and your credientials and appropriateness for using
  NSF resources)
- PRObE managers will review, approve and schedule your use of large
  allocations of Kodiak time

In a matter of weeks another style of large PRObE resource will come
online.  Susitna is 34 nodes of 64 core x86 processors, for a total of
more than 2000 x86 cores.  Susitna also has NVidia donated K20 GPU
coprocessors with 2496 cuda cores each, for a total of 84,864 cuda
cores.  With 128 GB DRAM, a hard disk and an SSD each, Susitna nodes
are interconnected by 40Gbps ethernet, 40 Gbps infiniband and 1Gbps

NSF PRObE resources will be available for at least the next two years.

All uses of PRObE resources are obligated to publish their results,
either in conferences or one their web sites, and acknowledge NSF
PRObE resources used in these publications.

See also our PRObE introduction article in the June 2013 USENIX
;login: vol 38, no 3, 2013

The EuroSys jobs page: A resource for the whole systems community

If you are searching for a position in the Systems area, take a look
at New announcements are posted every day, in
several categories: internships, PhD grants and doctoral programs,
post-docs and permanent positions.

If you want to advertise for systems people, go to, and click on the appropriate "Advertise" link.
YOu will be asked to fill in a small form, with a 10-word description
of the job offer, the URL of your lab and the URL of a more detailed

The EuroSys jobs page gets around 10,000 hits a month.


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