SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (1-November-2004)


  1. Announcements:
    * MobiSys 2005 November 8, 2004
    * WOSP 2005 December 3, 2004
    * SOSP 2005 March 25, 2005

    (* = new this month)

  2. Special Announcements
    New Directions for Operating Systems Review
    SOSP Photo Project

  3. About SIGOPS Announce mailing list
    How to unsubscribe, subscribe, and submit requests for announcements.

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MobiSys 2005

Title:Third International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2005)
Submission Deadline:08-Nov-2004
Dates:June 6-8, 2005
Location:Seattle, Washington, USA
MobiSys 2005 seeks to present innovative, significant research in the area of mobile and wireless systems. This will be a 2.5-day conference, featuring refereed paper presentations, demos, and poster sessions; it will be co-located with several closely related workshops. This conference builds on the success of the first two MobiSys conferences, held in San Francisco and Boston, which featured many high-caliber research papers and many interesting posters and demonstrations. The conference particularly values the practical experience gained from designing, building, and using mobile systems, applications, and services.


WOSP 2005

Title:Fifth International Workshop on Software and Performance (WOSP 2005)
Submission Deadline:03-Dec-2004
Dates:July 11-15, 2005
Location:Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
WOSP is a forum for researchers interested in the intersection of Software Engineering and Performance Evaluation. Software Performance Engineering (SPE) research aims to build predictable performance into software by specifying and analysing quantitative behaviour from the early development phases of a system throughout its entire life cycle. This workshop brings together software engineers, developers, performance analysts and modellers who address the challenges of increasing system complexity, rapidly evolving software technologies, short time to market, incomplete documentation, and less than adequate quantitative models and tools. We expect a strong mixture of academic and industrial participation.


SOSP 2005

Title:20th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP'05)
Submission Deadline:25-Mar-2005
Dates:October 23-26, 2005
Location:The Grand Hotel, Brighton, United Kingdom
Authors are invited to submit papers to the 20th SOSP reporting on original research related to the design, implementation, analysis, evaluation, and deployment of operating systems. We seek submissions of high quality that significantly further the knowledge and understanding of the systems community. In keeping with SOSP tradition, we will favor work that explores new territory, continues a significant research dialog, or reflects on experience with practical applications of the community's knowledge. Papers of particular merit will be forwarded to ACM Transactions on Computer Systems for possible publication in a special issue.


Title:  New Directions for Operating Systems Review

Operating Systems Review (OSR) is an informal publication of the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS). We, the current SIGOPS officers, have been discussing ways to encourage new types of content in OSR.

We would like to propose a set of recurring columns including:

  • Polemics - Seek out points of difference and encourage both sides to write their side of the story. Such articles could revisit debates from recent conferences.
  • Research Group Interviews - Choose a research project and write an article that describes who they are and what they are doing. Articles that give a sense of visiting a group would help build community and would be especially helpful for prospective employees/faculty/graduate students.
  • Results of Repeated Research - Describe experience with and results from independent trials of previously published work. (See "The Case for Repeated Research In Operating Systems" in OSR, Volume 38, Number 2, April 2004.)
  • Interviews with Respected Researchers - Ask winners of the Mark Weiser Award and other respected members of the community to give their opinion on the field and its direction.
  • Novel Approaches to Operating Systems Education -Describe particularly effective assignments and teaching techniques in operating systems
  • Memorials or Historical Accounts- ACM as a whole is working to preserve its history and has asked each of the SIGS to collect descriptions of the early days of its community. OSR would be an excellent place to publish such accounts.

Submissions would still be welcome on any topic of interest to the operating system community. The proposed columns would not limit submissions. They are designed to encourage submission of new types of content and to link content together under unifying themes.

If you are interested in submitting to one of these columns, please indicate this in a cover letter with your submission.

If you have suggestions for content in these categories, suggestions for other categories or questions about a possible submission, you can send mail to


Keith Marzullo, Chair
Gilles Muller, Vice Chair
Jeanna Neefe Matthews, Treasurer
William Waite, Editor of Operating Systems Review
Geoffrey M. Voelker, Information Director

Title:  SOSP Photo Project
The organizers of SOSP-20 are trying to locate "classic" photos from SOSP's of the past. If you have any particularly noteworthy photographs from early SOSP's, and would be willing to contribute digital copies for use in a presentation at the SOSP-20 banquet and inclusion on a web page, please contact Ken Birman, SOSP-20 program chair, email


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