20th ACM Symposium on
Operating Systems Principles

October 23-26, 2005
The Grand Hotel,
United Kingdom

General chair

Andrew Herbert, Microsoft Research, +44 1223 479818

Program chair

Ken Birman, Cornell University, +1 (607)-255-9199

Sponsored by


Authors are invited to submit papers to the 20th SOSP reporting on original research related to the design, implementation, analysis, evaluation, and deployment of operating systems.  We seek submissions of high quality that significantly further the knowledge and understanding of the systems community.  In keeping with SOSP tradition, we will favor work that explores new territory, continues a significant research dialog, or reflects on experience with practical applications of the community's knowledge.  Papers of particular merit will be forwarded to ACM Transactions on Computer Systems for possible publication in a special issue.

The symposium attracts attendees with diverse backgrounds.  We solicit papers in the traditional core of the OS field, as well as in the interfaces to areas such as computer architecture, networking, programming languages, and databases. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to: 

Robustness of complex systems

Mobile computing

Scalability and performance

Fault tolerance and high availability


Power management

File systems

Sensor Networks

I/O architectures

Support for Web systems

Overlay networks

Empirical studies

Submissions will be done electronically.  Detailed instructions for the submission process can be found at the conference web site. Submitted papers must be no longer than twelve (14) 8.5"x11" or A4 pages in a typeface no smaller than 10 point.  The page limit includes everything: references, title page, figures, appendices, etc. Additional formatting guidelines for submissions can be found on the web page.  Papers should include new contributions; substantially identical results must not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions violating these rules or the formatting guidelines on the web page will not be considered for publication.

Blind reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, with limited use of outside referees.  Papers will be provisionally accepted subject to revision and approval by a program committee member acting as a shepherd. On acceptance, authors will be required to sign an ACM copyright release form.  Your submission indicates that you agree to this. Papers will be held in full confidence during the reviewing process.  Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to supply electronic versions of their papers, as well as source code and raw data to help others replicate and better understand their results.

Important Dates

Submission deadline

March 25, 2005

Acceptance notification

June 15, 2005

Camera-ready deadline

July 31, 2005

Program Committee

Lorenzo Alvisi, U.T. Austin

Steven Hand, Cambridge

Brian Bershad, Washington

Franz Kaashoek, MIT

Ken Birman (chairman), Cornell

Dahlia Malkhi, Hebrew University

Mike Burrows, Google

Stefan Savage, UCSD

Eric Brewer, Berkeley

Liuba Shrira, Brandeis

Miguel Castro, Microsoft

Gun Sirer, Cornell

David Culler, Berkeley

Maarten van Steen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dawson Engler, Stanford

Willy Zwaenepoel, EPFL

Stu Feldman, IBM



Conference Organizers

Local Arrangements:

Andrew Herbert, Microsoft Research


Galen Hunt, Microsoft Research


Anne-Marie Kermarrec, IRISA

Poster Session:

Stephen Hand, Cambridge

Work-in-Progress Reports:

Liuba Shrirer, Brandeis


Further details at HTTP://WWW.SOSP-20.COM