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.
***REGISTER BY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 AND SAVE!***
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
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 (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
- 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
- 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 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
The EuroSys jobs page gets around 10,000 hits a month.