SIGOPS ANNOUNCE monthly posting (09/02/2014)


  1. Announcements:
    * CrossCloud Brokers 20142014-09-05
    W. on DB Consistency in the Cloud2014-09-15
    EuroSys 2015 Shadow PC2014-09-15
    OSR Special Issue2014-09-19
    EuroSys 20152014-10-03
    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, PRObE, EuroSys jobs page

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CrossCloud Brokers 2014

Title:Workshop on Cross-cloud Broker Architectures
Submission Deadline:2014-09-05
Dates:December, 2014
Location:Bordeaux, France
The CrossCloud workshop series builds upon the increasing relevance of multi-cloud and federated cloud architectures. Application providers adopting such architectures suffer from a massive development and management complexity due to the high degree of distribution and heterogeneity. Cloud brokers facilitate this adoption by outsourcing this complexity. This edition of the workshop focuses on the architecture of such cloud brokering systems, and more specifically the concept of Broker as a Service: How could a broker be provided as an intermediate middleware service to different stakeholders? The objective is to foster a lively discussion about the theory and practice of cloud brokers.


Title:20th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming
Abstract Deadline:2014-09-05
Submission Deadline:2014-09-12
Dates:February 2015
Location:San Francisco Bay Area
PPoPP is the forum for leading work on all aspects of parallel programming, including foundational and theoretical aspects, techniques, languages, compilers, runtime systems, tools, and practical experiences. In the context of the symposium, "parallel programming" encompasses work on concurrent and parallel systems (multicore, multithreaded, heterogeneous, clustered systems, distributed systems, grids, clouds, and large scale machines). Given the rise of parallel architectures into the consumer market (desktops, laptops, and mobile devices), PPoPP is particularly interested in work that addresses new parallel workloads, techniques, and tools that attempt to improve the productivity of parallel programming, and work towards improved synergy with such emerging architectures.

W. on DB Consistency in the Cloud

Submission Deadline:2014-09-15
Dates:September, 15-16, 2014
Location:Paris, France
Consistency is a fundamental issue of distributed computing. Consistency models are hard to understand, with subtle trade-offs between fault tolerance, performance, and programmability, especially with a large number of processes, with a large shared database, and in the presence of high latency and failure-prone networks. There is no one universally best solution. To better understand the solution space, you are invited to an open Workshop on Database Consistency in the Cloud. The invited speakers are among the best experts in Europe and in the world.

EuroSys 2015 Shadow PC

Title:EuroSys 2015 Shadow PC
Submission Deadline:2014-09-15
Dates:April, 21-24, 2015
Location:Bordeaux, France
A shadow program committee for the Eurosys 2015 conference is being organized under the sponsorship of Eurosys. Shadow PC members are expected to write their own detailed and rigorous reviews for assigned papers --- we expect a review load of 15-20 papers. Members --- especially those based in Europe --- are expected to attend a one-day shadow PC meeting in person. We are also planning a one-day workshop in Cambridge to which both shadow and main PC members are invited. If you are interested in participating or have any queries, please send e-mail to before September 15th 2014.

OSR Special Issue

Title:OSR Special Issue on Repeatability and Sharing of Experimental Artifacts
Submission Deadline:2014-09-19
There is growing interest in repeatable and reproducible research in computer science. Systems researchers face special challenges in the areas of repeatability and artifact sharing. The January 2015 issue of OSR will be dedicated to the state of repeatable research in computer systems and the sharing of experimental artifacts related to systems research. The issue solicits technical papers and position papers related to these topics. Submissions may contain up to ten pages; shorter papers are encouraged. Papers should present significant results, insights, and/or directions for future work. They must include substantial material that has not already been published.

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

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, 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 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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