SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (01/02/2015)


  1. Announcements:
    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
    * PaPoC 20152015-02-10
    * DEBS 20152015-02-15
    Transact 20152015-02-19
    * NVMSA2015-03-03
    * SYSTOR 20152015-03-05
    * ROSS 20152015-03-16
    * MASCOTS 20152015-03-16
    ICMC 20152015-07-16
    * CloudDP 20152015-10-02
    MMSys 20152015-10-17

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

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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!


PaPoC 2015

Title:Eurosys Workshop on Principles and Practice of Consistency for Distributed Data
Submission Deadline:2015-02-10
Dates:April, 21, 2015
Location:Bordeaux, France
Many distributed applications today need low-latency, scalability, high availability, and geo-replication. The well-known tradeoff between Consistency, Availability, and Partition Tolerance led to the development of weakly consistent data stores, whose success made clear that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to consistency. Designing correct applications using weakly consistent shared data, however, is a challenging task. The PaPoC workshop will bring forth ideas on how to understand, implement, and specify consistency semantics ranging from weaker to stronger models. Researchers and practitioners working on distributed algorithms, distributed systems, databases, programming languages, and verification, are invited to submit and attend.


DEBS 2015

Title:9th ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems, ACM DEBS 2015
Abstract Deadline:2015-02-15
Submission Deadline:2015-02-20
Dates:June-July, 29-03, 2015
Location:Oslo, Norway, Europe
The objectives of the ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems (DEBS) are to provide a forum dedicated to the dissemination of original research, the discussion of practical insights, and the reporting of experiences relevant to event-based computing that were previously scattered across several scientific and professional communities. The conference also aims at providing a forum for academia and industry to exchange ideas, for example, through industry papers and demo papers.

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.



Title:The 4th IEEE Non-Volatile Memory Systems and Applications Symposium (NVMSA)
Abstract Deadline:2015-03-03
Submission Deadline:2015-03-10
Dates:August, 19-21, 2015
Location:Hong Kong
Non-Volatile memory (NVM) technologies have demonstrated great potential impact on many aspects of computer systems. The topics of NVMSA cover the research and development advances in Device/Circuit design, Architectures and Systems, Software, Applications, and others. The event is designed to foster interaction and presentation of early results, new ideas and speculative directions. Participating authors are invited to submit six-page manuscripts to the conference and all accepted papers will be published in the conference proceeding. The extensions of some selected papers will be published in a special issue of The Journal of Systems Architecture: Embedded Software Design.



Title:8th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference
Submission Deadline:2015-03-05
Dates:May, 26-28, 2015
Location:Haifa, Israel
SYSTOR is sponsored by the ACM SIGOPS Special Interest Group on Operating Systems. SYSTOR covers all aspects of Computer Systems technology. The SYSTOR conference focuses on experimental and practical computer systems research, which encompasses such topics as: file and storage technology; operating systems; distributed, parallel, and cloud systems; security; virtualization; fault tolerance, reliability, and availability. SYSTOR is a home for high-quality international systems research of a practical nature and welcomes both academic and industrial contributions. We solicit paper submissions in three separate categories: Full papers, Short papers, and Highlight papers. Additional details can be found at:


ROSS 2015

Title:International Workshop on Runtime and Operating Systems for Supercomputers
Submission Deadline:2015-03-16
Location:Portland, Oregon, USA
The ROSS workshop will be held as a full-day meeting at the HPDC 2015 conference, in cooperation with ACM SIGHPC. Topics of interest: OS and runtime system scalability on many-node and multi/many-core systems; specialized OSs for Supercomputing; distributed/hybrid/partitioned OSs and runtime systems for Supercomputing; fault tolerance; system noise analysis and prevention; interaction between middleware, runtime system, and the OS; modeling and performance analysis of runtime systems; OS and runtime considerations for large-volume, high-performance I/O; parallel job startup; memory management and emerging memory technologies; the role of OS and runtime system in minimizing power usage; and real-time considerations for Supercomputing.



Title:23rd Annual Meeting of the IEEE International Symposium on Modelling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems
Abstract Deadline:2015-03-16
Submission Deadline:2015-03-23
Location:Georgia Tech Campus, Atlanta, GA, USA
The MASCOTS conference encourages original submissions describing state-of-the-art research in the areas of computer networks and performance evaluation of computer systems. Papers describing results of theoretic and/or practical significance are solicited. Experimental, modeling, and simulation studies are all in the scope of the conference. Works presenting novel performance evaluation methods or providing insights on design and runtime management tradeoffs are particularly encouraged.

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.


CloudDP 2015

Title:5th International Workshop on Cloud Data and Platforms
Submission Deadline:2015-10-02
Dates:April, 21, 2015
Location:Bordeaux, France
The International Workshop on Cloud Data and Platforms 2015 (CloudDP 2015) will be the fifth in a series of workshops that bring together researchers interested in cloud-based platforms for data management and high-velocity, big data processing. CloudDP 2015 will be hosted together with EuroSys 2015, a premier forum for discussing issues of systems software research and development.

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:FCRC, SIGOPS HoF, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page
Call for Participation: FCRC 2015
FCRC 2015 will be held in Portland Oregon from June 12-20. Chaired by 
Rajiv Gupta of UC Riverside, the conference will assemble a spectrum of 
affiliated research conferences into a week-long coordinated meeting. 
The technical program for each affiliated conference will be independently 
administered, with each responsible for its own meeting's structure, 
content and proceedings. To the extent facilities allow attendees are free to 
attend technical sessions of other affiliated conferences being held at the same
time as their "home" conference. Conferences include:
 CRA-W 2015: Career Mentoring Workshop
 EC 2015: The 16th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation
 HPDC 2015: The 24th International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing
 CCC: Computational Complexity Conference 
 ISCA 2015: The 42nd International Symposium on Computer Architecture
 ISMM 2015: ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on Memory Management
 IWQoS 2015: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Quality of Service
 LCTES 2015: ACM SIGPLAN/SIGBED International Conference on Languages, Compilers and Tools for Embedded Systems
 PLDI 2015: 36th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation
 SIGMETRICS 2015: International Conference on Measurement and modeling of Computer Systems
 SPAA 2015: ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures
 STOC 2015: 47th ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
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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