20th ACM Symposium on
Operating Systems Principles

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

General chair Andrew Herbert, Microsoft Research, +44 1223 479818
Program chair Ken Birman, Cornell University, +1 (607)-255-9199
Sponsored by ACM SIGOPS

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
Security 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 fourteen (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 (HARD, NO EXTENSIONS) March 25, 2005
Acceptance notification June 15, 2005
Camera-ready deadline August 122, 2005


Program Committee

Lorenzo Alvisi, U.T. Austin Steven Hand, Cambridge
Brian Bershad, Washington Frans 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
Sponsorships: Galen Hunt, Microsoft
Publicity: Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA (IRISA)
Poster Session: Steve Hand, Cambridge
Work in Progress Session: Liuba Shrirer, Brandeis