SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (11/04/2014)


CONTENTS

  1. Announcements:
    WWW 2015 (PWM)2014-11-03http://www.www2015.it/pervasive-web-and-mobility/
    * WWW 20152014-11-03http://www.www2015.it/
    ASPLOS ACM SRC 20152014-11-14http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr/ASPLOS_ACM_SrC.pdf
    ACM SIGMETRICS 20152014-11-17http://sigmetrics.org/sigmetrics2015/
    NVMW 20152014-11-21http://nvmw.ucsd.edu
    VEE 20152014-11-25http://vee.sigops.org/vee15
    * SustainIT 20152014-12-05http://www.networks.imdea.org/sustainit2015
    * IWCA'142014-12-07http://cloudlab.seas.gwu.edu/iwca15/
    MidDep 20142014-12-09http://sites.google.com/site/middepworkshop
    ACM e-Energy 20152015-01-05http://conferences.sigcomm.org/eenergy/2015
    * USENIX ATC 20152015-01-27https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc15
    * USENIX ATC PTT 20152015-02-03https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc15
    ICMC 20152015-07-16http://hithaldia.co.in/icmc2015/
    * MMSys 20152015-10-17http://www.mmsys.org/

  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.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

WWW 2015 (PWM)

Title:Pervasive Web and Mobility Track at WWW
Abstract Deadline:2014-11-03
Submission Deadline:2014-11-10
Webpage:http://www.www2015.it/pervasive-web-and-mobility/
Dates:May 18-22, 2015
Location:Florence, Italy
Contact Email:ssaroiu@microsoft.com
Synopsis:
The Pervasive Web and Mobility (PWM) track seeks original papers in the broad area of systems, networking, and applications related to the Mobile Web. WWW places a special emphasis on research with immediate relevance to industry, practitioners, and standards bodies. In this context, the PWM track seeks papers of special interest to both academics and industry partners such as papers with a heavy dose of implementation, deployment, experiences, testing, measurement, usability, or experimentation.

NEW THIS MONTH!

WWW 2015

Title:24th International World Wide Web Conference
Abstract Deadline:2014-11-03
Submission Deadline:2014-11-10
Webpage:http://www.www2015.it/
Dates:May 18-22, 2015
Location:Florence, Italy
Contact Email:local@www2015.it
Synopsis:
For more than two decades, the International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference has been the premier venue for researchers, academics, businesses, and standard bodies to come together and discuss latest updates on the state and evolutionary path of the Web. The main conference program of WWW 2015 will have 11 areas (or themes) including topics that are well aligned with SIGOPS, namely the new area of "Web Infrastructure: Datacenters, Content Delivery Networks, and Cloud Computing".

ASPLOS ACM SRC 2015

Title:ASPLOS 2015 ACM Student Research Competition
Submission Deadline:2014-11-14
Webpage:http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr/ASPLOS_ACM_SrC.pdf
Dates:March 16, 2015
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
Contact Email:omutlu@gmail.com
Synopsis:
Sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research, the SRC is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3 undergraduate and graduate winners will receive prizes. These and the eligibility requirements are described at http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr/ASPLOS_ACM_SrC.pdf.

ACM SIGMETRICS 2015

Title:ACM International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (ACM SIGMETRICS)
Abstract Deadline:2014-11-17
Submission Deadline:2014-11-24
Webpage:http://sigmetrics.org/sigmetrics2015/
Dates:June 15-19, 2015
Location:Portland, Oregon, USA
Contact Email:nikca@ida.liu.se
Synopsis:
ACM SIGMETRICS 2015 solicits papers on the development and application of state-of-the-art, broadly applicable analytic, simulation and measurement-based performance evaluation techniques. Of particular interest is work that presents new performance evaluation methods or that creatively applies previously developed methods to make predictions about, or gain insights into key design trade-offs in, computer and networked systems.


NVMW 2015

Title:2015 Non-Volatile Memories Workshop
Submission Deadline:2014-11-21
Webpage:http://nvmw.ucsd.edu
Dates:March 1-3, 2015
Location:San Diego, CA, USA
Contact Email:yaakobi@gmail.com
Synopsis:
The 6th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW 2015) features a "vertically integrated" program that includes presentations on devices, data encoding, systems architecture, and applications. The organizing committee is soliciting presentations on any topic related to non-volatile, solid state memories. The workshop facilitates the exchange of new ideas, insights, and knowledge that can propel future progress. To that end, presentations may include new results or work that has already been published during the 18 months prior to the submission deadline. Presentation of new work at the workshop does not preclude future publication.

VEE 2015

Title:11th ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments
Submission Deadline:2014-11-25
Webpage:http://vee.sigops.org/vee15
Dates:March, 14-15, 2015
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
Contact Email:demke@cs.toronto.edu
Synopsis:
VEE'15, co-located with ASPLOS 2015, invites authors to submit original papers related to virtualization across all layers of the software stack down to the microarchitectural level. Topics of interest include: virtualization support for programs and programmers; architecture support for virtualization; operating system support for virtualization; compiler and programming language support for virtualization; runtime system support for virtualization; virtual I/O, storage, and networking; memory management; management technologies for virtual environments; performance analysis and debugging for virtual environments; and virtualization technologies applied to specific problem domains such as cloud, HPC, realtime, power management, and security.

NEW THIS MONTH!

SustainIT 2015

Title:The Fourth IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability
Abstract Deadline:2014-12-05
Submission Deadline:2014-12-12
Webpage:http://www.networks.imdea.org/sustainit2015
Dates:April, 14-15, 2015
Location:Madrid, Spain
Contact Email:Malisa.Vucinic@imag.fr
Synopsis:
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.

NEW THIS MONTH!

IWCA'14

Title:International Workshop on Cloud Analytics
Submission Deadline:2014-12-07
Webpage:http://cloudlab.seas.gwu.edu/iwca15/
Dates:March 9, 2015
Location:Tempe, AZ
Contact Email:timwood@gwu.edu
Synopsis:
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
Webpage:http://sites.google.com/site/middepworkshop
Dates:December, 8-9, 2014
Location:Bordeaux, France
Contact Email:middep2014@easychair.org
Synopsis:
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.

ACM e-Energy 2015

Title:The Sixth International Conference on Future Energy Systems
Abstract Deadline:2015-01-05
Submission Deadline:2015-01-12
Webpage:http://conferences.sigcomm.org/eenergy/2015
Dates:July 14-17, 2015
Location:Bangalore, India
Contact Email:vincenzo.mancuso@ieee.org
Synopsis:
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.


NEW THIS MONTH!

USENIX ATC 2015

Title:USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2015
Abstract Deadline:2015-01-27
Submission Deadline:2015-02-03
Webpage:https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc15
Dates:July, 8--10, 2015
Location:Santa Clara, CA
Contact Email:atc15chairs@usenix.org
Synopsis:
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.

NEW THIS MONTH!

USENIX ATC PTT 2015

Title:USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2015 (Practitioner Talks Track)
Submission Deadline:2015-02-03
Webpage:https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc15
Dates:July, 8--10, 2015
Location:Santa Clara, CA
Contact Email:atc15chairs@usenix.org
Synopsis:
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!

ICMC 2015

Title:The second International Conference on Mathematics and Computing
Submission Deadline:2015-07-16
Webpage:http://hithaldia.co.in/icmc2015/
Dates:01, 05-10, 2015
Location:Haldia, India
Contact Email:debasis_giri@hotmail.com
Synopsis:
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 http://hithaldia.co.in/icmc2015/. 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.

NEW THIS MONTH!

MMSys 2015

Title:ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys)
Submission Deadline:2015-10-17
Webpage:http://www.mmsys.org/
Dates:March, 18-20, 2015
Location:Portland, OR
Contact Email:gwendal.simon@telecom-bretagne.eu
Synopsis:
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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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 
continuity.


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
Experiments
===================================================================

NSF's PRObE (www.nmc-probe.org) operates four clusters to support
systems research at scale.  The largest is Kodiak
(https://www.nmc-probe.org/wiki/Machines: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 (www.emulab.org) 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 www.nmc-probe.org to learn about the resources
- visit portal.nmc-probe.org to request a PRObE-specific Emulab
  account
- have a research leader or faculty member get an account and define a
  project on portal.nmc-probe.org
- 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 https://www.nmc-probe.org/request/ 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
ethernet.

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
(www.cs.cmu.edu/~garth/papers/07_gibson_036-039_final.pdf).

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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 http://jobs.eurosys.org/ 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
http://jobs.eurosys.org/, 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
advertisement.

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

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