SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (09/01/2013)


  1. Announcements:
    BES 20132013-09-05
    * GENI in Education2013-09-13
    IC2E 20142013-09-14
    ICPE 20142013-09-27
    EuroSys 20142013-09-27
    * BoF at SOSP 20132013-10-01
    * SoCC 20132013-10-01
    PDSW 20132013-10-06
    HotMobile 20142013-10-11
    L@S 20142013-11-08
    VEE 20142013-11-14
    ACM E-Energy 20142014-01-15

  2. (*= new this month)

  3. Special Announcements:
    SOSP '13 registration is open, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page

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BES 2013

Title:Benchmarking of Embedded Systems Workshop
Submission Deadline:2013-09-05
Dates:Sep, 29, 2013
Location:Montreal, Canada
This workshop aims to bring together researchers and industry concerned with quantitative and empirical evaluation of embedded computing systems. The workshop will have a work program consisting of brief presentations of position statements, breakout sessions on specific topics, and a report summarizing the workshop outcomes. The workshop agenda will address topics such as the quality of benchmarking, state-of-the-art workloads, standardization of workloads, proper experimental setups, replicability and reproducibility of results, and sharing of infrastructure.


GENI in Education

Title:Workshop on GENI in Education
Submission Deadline:2013-09-13
Dates:October 26, 2013 (Saturday)
Location:Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn, NY
The Workshop on GENI in Education is intended to encourage the use of GENI in undergraduate and graduate networking and distributed systems classes. Preference will therefore be given to participants who have never used GENI in their classroom and intend to do so within the next year. The workshop will include an overview of GENI; presentations by faculty who have used GENI in their classes; descriptions of available teaching resources; and recommendations for handling class logistics such as account creation. This workshop will be held in conjunction with the GENI Engineering Conference (GEC) that runs from October 27-29.

IC2E 2014

Title:2014 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering
Abstract Deadline:2013-09-14
Submission Deadline:2013-09-21
Dates:March, 11-14, 2014
Location:Boston, MA, USA
Highlights: * IC2E is a high-quality, comprehensive forum whose scope spans the entire cloud stack, and that offers an end-to-end perspective on the challenges and technologies in cloud computing. * IC2E 2014 will include a technical program, an industry track, a doctoral symposium, a cloud summit, workshops, and tutorials. * Selected papers of IC2E 2014 will be recommended for publication in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.

ICPE 2014

Title:5th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering
Submission Deadline:2013-09-27
Dates:March, 23-26, 2014
Location:Dublin, Ireland
The goal of the International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) is to integrate theory and practice in the field of performance engineering by providing a forum for sharing ideas and experiences between industry and academia. ICPE is a joint meeting of the ACM Workshop on Software and Performance (WOSP) and the SPEC International Performance Evaluation Workshop (SIPEW). The conference brings together researchers and industry practitioners to share and present their experience, to discuss challenges, and to report state-of-the-art and in-progress research on performance engineering. For more details, please visit:

EuroSys 2014

Title:The European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys)
Abstract Deadline:2013-09-27
Submission Deadline:2013-10-04
Dates:April 14-16, 2014
Location:Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys) is a premier international forum for presenting computer systems research, broadly construed. EuroSys 2014 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 - Mobile and pervasive systems - Networked systems - Operating systems - Multicore systems - Programming-language support and runtime systems - Real-time and embedded systems - Secure systems, privacy and anonymity preserving systems


BoF at SOSP 2013

Title:Birds of a Feather at the 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles
Submission Deadline:2013-10-01
Location:Farmington, PA, USA
SOSP 2013 - Call for BoFs ------------------------- We invite community members to submit proposals to organize BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions at SOSP 2013. Please send proposals to with subject line "SOSP 2013 BoF proposal" and the following information: - BoF title; - organizer(s) name(s); - brief topic description (1-2 paragraphs); - statement of how organizer(s) is related to BoF (1 paragraph/organizer); and - estimate of the number of attendees (to help in room organization). IMPORTANT DATES Submission deadline: 1 October 2013 BoF Sessions: 5 November 2013 at 6pm Please send any questions to the BoF chair, Marcos K. Aguilera (


SoCC 2013

Title:The 4th ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing
Submission Deadline:2013-10-01
Dates:October, 1-3, 2013
Location:Santa Clara, CA, USA
Updates SoCC'13 coming up in 1-3 October 2013: - Poster and Birds-of-a-feather sessions to share works-in-progress and discuss hot topcs in cloud computing in an informal setting - Registration site is now open at Register by 10 September 2013 to get a discount rate - Travel and registration scholarships for students interested in attending the conference. More details will be posted soon - Visit SoCC'13 Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages to stay up to speed with the latest news and updates

PDSW 2013

Title:The 8th Parallel Data Storage Workshop (PDSW13) held in conjunction with IEEE/ACM Supercomputing (SC) 2013
Submission Deadline:2013-10-06
Dates:November, 18, 2013
Location:Denver, CO, USA
Peta- and exascale computing infrastructures make unprecedented demands on storage capacity, performance, concurrency, reliability, availability, and manageability. This one-day workshop focuses on the data storage and management problems and emerging solutions found in peta- and exascale scientific computing environments, with special attention to issues in which community collaboration can be crucial for problem identification, workload capture, solution interoperability, standards with community buy-in, and shared tools. Addressing storage media ranging from tape, HDD, and SSD, to new media like NVRAM, the workshop seeks contributions on relevant topics.

HotMobile 2014

Title:The 15th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications
Submission Deadline:2013-10-11
Dates:February 26-27, 2014
Location:Santa Barbara, CA, USA
The Fifteenth Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (ACM HotMobile 2014) continues the series of highly selective, interactive workshops focused on mobile applications, systems, and environments, as well as their underlying state-of-the-art technologies. HotMobile's small workshop format makes it ideal for processing and discussing new directions or controversial approaches. We solicit submissions of position papers that focus primarily on applications and systems and that propose new directions of research, advocate non-traditional approaches to old (or new) ideas, or generate controversy and discussion.


Title:IEEE Internet Computing CFP: Special issue on Web-Scale Data Centers
Abstract Deadline:2013-10-15
Submission Deadline:2013-11-01
Contact Email:
IEEE Internet Computing will publish a special issue on "web-scale data centers" in mid 2014. Details regarding possible topics are at the associated web page. Information about submission requirements are at

L@S 2014

Title:First ACM Conference on Learning at Scale
Submission Deadline:2013-11-08
Dates:March, 4-5, 2014
Location:Atlanta, GA, USA
"Learning at Scale" refers to new approaches for students to learn and for teachers to teach, when engaging large numbers of students, either in a face-to-face setting or remotely, whether synchronous or asynchronous, with the requirement that the techniques involve large numbers of students (where "large" is preferably thousands of students, but can also apply to hundreds in in-person settings). Topics include Usability Studies, Tools for Automated Feedback and Grading, Learning Analytics, Analysis of Log Data, Studies of Application of Existing Learning Theory, Investigation of Student Behavior and Correlation with Learning Outcomes, New Learning and Teaching Techniques at Scale.

VEE 2014

Title:10th ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments (VEE'14)
Submission Deadline:2013-11-14
Dates:March, 1-2, 2014
Location:Salt Lake City, UT, USA
VEE'14, co-located with ASPLOS'14, invites authors to submit original papers related to virtualization, encompassing all layers from the microarchitectural level and throughout the entire software stack. 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.

ACM E-Energy 2014

Title:The Fifth International Conference on Future Energy Systems
Submission Deadline:2014-01-15
Dates:June 11-13 2014
Location:Cambridge, England
The fifth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy), to be held in Cambridge, UK in June 2014, 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 interaction, it will serve as a major forum for presentations and discussions that will shape the future of this area.


Title:SOSP '13 registration is open, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page
SOSP'13 Registration Is Open

Please join us in Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania, USA, for
the 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. The ACM
Symposium on Operating Systems Principles is the world's premier forum
for professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds to present
and discuss innovative and exciting research in computer systems.

Here are the important dates and links:

  Early registration ends on September 7, 2013:

  Student and professional scholarships application deadline is on
  August 23, 2013:

  WIPs  and Poster abstracts are due on August 20, 2013:

  SOSP will also be hosting a broad range of co-located
  workshops(Diversity, HotDep, HotPower, INFLOW, LADIS, PLOS, TRIOS):

You can find other details including a tentative program at:

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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