SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (06/03/2014)


  1. Announcements:
    ROME 20142014-06-09
    * APSys 20142014-06-25
    MTD 20142014-07-01
    * TRUDEVICE 20142014-07-14
    OPODIS 20142014-07-23
    * EuroSys 20152014-09-26

  2. (*= new this month)

  3. Special Announcements:
    Mark Weiser Award, Dennis M. Ritchie Award, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page

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ROME 2014

Title:2nd Workshop on Runtime and Operating Systems for the Many-core Era
Submission Deadline:2014-06-09
Dates:August, 25-26, 2014
Location:Porto, Portugal
Since the beginning of the multicore era, parallel processing has become prevalent across the board. However, in order to continue a performance increase according to Moore's Law, a next step needs to be taken: away from common multicores towards innovative many-core architectures. Such systems, equipped with a significant higher amount of cores per chip than multicores, pose challenges in both hardware and software design. The ROME workshop is addressed to the new challenges in hardware/software co-design of runtime and operating systems in order to exploit the theoretically available performance as effectively as possible.

CANS 2014

Title:13rd International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security
Submission Deadline:2014-06-10
Dates:October, 22-24, 2014
Location:Heraklion Crete, Greece
Papers offering novel research contributions are solicited for submission to the 13rd International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security (CANS-2014). The focus is on original, high quality, unpublished research and implementation experiences. We encourage submissions of papers suggesting novel paradigms, original directions, or non-traditional perspectives.


APSys 2014

Title:5th ACM SIGOPS Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems
Abstract Deadline:2014-06-25
Submission Deadline:2014-06-26
Dates:June, 25-26, 2014
Location:Beijing, China
Call for participation of APSys 2014. APSys 2014 features 14 excellent technical papers covering datacenter, operating systems, mobile systems, security and privacy, interactions between machine learning and systems, two keynotes by Prof. Yuanyuan Zhou from UCSD and Dr. Kai Yu from Baidu Inc., a poster session and a panel session by leading systems and machine learning researchers on interactions between machine learning and systems. Register by June 20, 2014 to get special rate. Poster submissions due: June 25, 2014 Student travel grants are also available, please apply by May 30, 2014.

MTD 2014

Title:First ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense
Submission Deadline:2014-07-01
Dates:November, 3, 2014
Location:Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
The static nature of current computing systems has made them easy to attack and harder to defend. Adversaries have an asymmetric advantage in that they have the time to study a system, identify its vulnerabilities, and choose the time and place of attack to gain the maximum benefit. The idea of moving-target defense (MTD) is to impose the same asymmetric disadvantage on the attacker by making systems dynamic and harder to predict.


Title:The 11th International Conference & Expo on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World
Abstract Deadline:2014-07-01
Submission Deadline:2014-09-01
Dates:October 29-30, 2014
Location:Melville, New York, USA
Originally known as the International Conference on Cutting-Edge Wireless & Information Technologies, this conference is organized by the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) located at Stony Brook University in New York. CEWIT2014 is the premier international forum on the applications of emerging technologies in infrastructure, healthcare, and energy, which are three of the most critical components of a smarter global environment.



Title:Training School on Trustworthy Manufacturing and Utilization of Secure Devices
Submission Deadline:2014-07-14
Dates:July, 14-18, 2014
Location:Lisbon, Portugal
Hardware security is becoming increasingly important for many embedded systems applications and it is expected to increase in the upcoming decades as secure applications will keep growing. The vulnerability of electronic devices that implement cryptography functions has become the Achille's heel in the last decade: fraudulent manipulations on the hardware implementing security algorithms can allow extracting confidential information, and new threats have menaced secure devices and the security of the manufacturing process. This training school aims at providing theoretical and practical lectures on topics related to hardware security.


Title:Int. Conf. on the Principles of Distributed Systems
Abstract Deadline:2014-07-23
Submission Deadline:2014-07-30
Dates:3 days in week of 15-19 December 2014
Location:Cortina, Italy
OPODIS is a forum for the exchange of knowledge on distributed computing. All aspects of distributed systems are within scope, including theory, specification, design, performance, and system building. In addition to theoretical aspects, OPODIS is expanding to include the overlap between theoretical solutions and practical implementations, as well as experimentation and quantitative assessments. A paper will typically consider a significant problem in distributed computing, study an original solution, and evaluate it by formal, analytical, simulation, or experimental means. Positive, negative, and reproduction results that advance the state of the art are equally welcome.


Title:20th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming
Abstract Deadline:2014-09-05
Submission Deadline:2014-09-12
Dates:February 2015
Location:San Francisco Bay Area
PPoPP is the forum for leading work on all aspects of parallel programming, including foundational and theoretical aspects, techniques, languages, compilers, runtime systems, tools, and practical experiences. In the context of the symposium, "parallel programming" encompasses work on concurrent and parallel systems (multicore, multithreaded, heterogeneous, clustered systems, distributed systems, grids, clouds, and large scale machines). Given the rise of parallel architectures into the consumer market (desktops, laptops, and mobile devices), PPoPP is particularly interested in work that addresses new parallel workloads, techniques, and tools that attempt to improve the productivity of parallel programming, and work towards improved synergy with such emerging architectures.


EuroSys 2015

Title:The 10th European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys'15)
Abstract Deadline:2014-09-26
Submission Deadline:2014-10-03
Dates:April, 21-24, 2015
Location:Bordeaux, France
The European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys) is a premier international forum for presenting computer systems research, broadly construed. EuroSys 2015 seeks papers on all areas of computer systems research, including, but not limited to: - Cloud computing - Database systems - Dependable systems - Distributed systems - File and storage systems - Language support and runtime systems - Mobile and pervasive systems - Networked systems - Operating systems - Parallelism, concurrency, and multicore systems - Real-time, embedded, and cyber-physical systems - Secure systems, privacy and anonymity preserving systems - Tracing, analysis, and transformation of systems - Virtualization systems


Title:Mark Weiser Award, Dennis M. Ritchie Award, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page
The Mark Weiser Award was created in 2001 by ACM SIGOPS, to be
given to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and
innovation in operating systems research. The recipient must have
begun his or her career no earlier than 20 years prior to
The award is named in honor of Mark Weiser, a computing visionary
recognized for his research accomplishments during his career at
Xerox PARC. ACM SIGOPS will present a $1000 prize to the
recipient, in memory of Mark and his many contributions to SIGOPS
and the operating systems community. The award will be given
annually at SOSP and OSDI.
The selection committee will choose the recipient based on:
"contributions that are highly creative, innovative, and possibly
high-risk, in keeping with the visionary spirit of Mark Weiser."
Nominations are due August 1st, 2014.  Please see
for detailed nomination procedures, a list of previous
award winners, and a list of award-committee members.


*Deadline: July 1st, 2014*

The Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award was created in
2013 by ACM SIGOPS to recognize research in software systems and
to encourage the creativity that Dennis Ritchie embodied,
providing a reminder of Ritchie's legacy and what a difference
one person can make in the field of software systems research.
The first award was presented at the 24th ACM Symposium on
Operating Systems Principles, 2013. This will be an annual award
presented in alternating years at SOSP and OSDI.


Each year, a department is allowed to nominate one Ph.D. thesis
produced in that department. The nomination must be made by the
chair of the department and must be accompanied by three supporting
letters from researchers in the field, clearly specifying the
contributions of the thesis and the potential impact on software
systems. (If the department chair is the thesis advisor of the
nominee, then another senior faculty member in the department must
make the nomination.) The thesis must have been defended successfully
at most two years before the conference at which the award will be
presented. An English-language version of the thesis must accompany
the nomination. The Award Committee will determine if the thesis is
within scope for the award. The thesis may be nominated simultaneously
for other awards, such as the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.


The SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied
by a prize of $2,000. Financial sponsorship of the award is provided by
SIGOPS, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T Labs Research.

*Submission Procedure*

Please see
for detailed nomination procedures and a list of previous
award winners.

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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