SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (10/03/2014)


  1. Announcements:
    EuroSys 20152014-10-03
    * SoCC'142014-11-03
    * WWW 2015 (PWM)2014-11-03
    * ASPLOS ACM SRC 20152014-11-14
    * ACM SIGMETRICS 20152014-11-17
    * NVMW 20152014-11-21
    VEE 20152014-11-25
    MidDep 20142014-12-09
    ACM e-Energy 20152015-01-24
    ICMC 20152015-07-16

  2. (*= new this month)

  3. Special Announcements:
    OSDI'14, SIGOPS HoF, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page

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


EuroSys 2015

Title:The 10th European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys'15)
Abstract Deadline:2014-10-03
Submission Deadline:2014-10-10
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:5th ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC'14)
Submission Deadline:2014-11-03
Dates:November, 3-5, 2014
Location:Seattle, WA, USA
SoCC 2014 will feature a high-quality single track technical program, as well as two keynote talks by Tom Anderson from University of Washington and Joe Hellerstein from UC Berkeley and Trifacta. The list of accepted papers is available at The conference will also include a poster session, an excellent opportunity to learn about works in progress. Register by October 5, 2014 to get a discounted rate: SoCC 2014 will be offering travel and registration scholarships for students interested in attending the conference. More details are available at: We look forward to seeing you at SoCC 2014! Cosmin Arad (SoCC 2014 Publicity Chair)


WWW 2015 (PWM)

Title:Pervasive Web and Mobility Track at WWW
Abstract Deadline:2014-11-03
Submission Deadline:2014-11-10
Dates:May 18-22, 2015
Location:Florence, Italy
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.



Title:ASPLOS 2015 ACM Student Research Competition
Submission Deadline:2014-11-14
Dates:March 16, 2015
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
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



Title:ACM International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (ACM SIGMETRICS)
Abstract Deadline:2014-11-17
Submission Deadline:2014-11-24
Dates:June 15-19, 2015
Location:Portland, Oregon, USA
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
Dates:March 1-3, 2015
Location:San Diego, CA, USA
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
Dates:March, 14-15, 2015
Location:Istanbul, Turkey
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.

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.

ACM e-Energy 2015

Title:The Sixth International Conference on Future Energy Systems
Submission Deadline:2015-01-24
Dates:June 2015
Location:Bangalore, India
The Sixth International Conference on Future Energy Systems, to be held in Bangalore, India in June 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.

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.


Title:OSDI'14, SIGOPS HoF, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page
Call for Participation: OSDI 2014
Join us in Broomfield, CO, October 6-8, 2014, for the 11th USENIX
Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation. OSDI has
become a premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and
implications of systems software, and OSDI seeks to present
innovative, exciting research in computer systems by bringing together
professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds.

The Symposium will span three days, with two poster sessions and over 40
paper presentations on data, security, cloud computing, storage,
transactions, and much more. VIEW THE FULL PROGRAM on-line at

Interested in participating? Submit a poster! Submissions are due by
September 2, 2014.


Planning to stay in the conference hotel? Rooms will go fast. 
BOOK your room today.

The following workshops are co-located with OSDI '14, and will take
place on Sunday, October 5, 2014:

* DIVERSITY: 2014 Workshop on Supporting Diversity in Systems Research
* HOTDEP: 10th Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability
* HOTPOWER: 6th Workshop on Power-Aware Computing and Systems
* INFLOW: 2nd Workshop on Interactions of NVM/Flash with Operating Systems and Workloads
* TRIOS: 2014 Conference on Timely Results in Operating Systems

We look forward to seeing you in Broomfield.

Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
Hank Levy, University of Washington
OSDI '14 Program Co-Chairs

11th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '14) and Co-located Events October 5-8, 2014
Broomfield, CO, USA
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 11, 2014

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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