SOSP Workshop on Real Overlays and Distributed Systems (ROADS '09)

October 14, 2009

Big Sky Resort
Big Sky, MT

ACM SIGOPS In Cooperation with USENIX
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Designing, deploying, and operating services at Internet scale require new and innovative approaches. The ROADS workshop goal is to bring together people exploring challenges in building widely distributed networked systems with those building global-scale facilities to enable research on future communication networks, with an emphasis on systems that run on real networks, providing real services to real users.

For this workshop we especially welcome papers that explore the interaction between simulation (e.g., ModelNet or ns-3), emulation (e.g., Emulab), and more realistic deployment settings (e.g., PlanetLab) to better predict performance or architectural bottlenecks when scaling up a distributed service on experimental environments. These services might be existing, widely deployed systems, new research prototypes, or more permanent services, but submissions should address the technical and research challenges they present during the design, deployment, and evaluation phases.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


The workshop program will include invited speakers and presentations of peer-reviewed papers. Papers will be selected based on originality, likelihood of stimulating a lively discussion, and technical merit. We encourage submissions of early work containing novel and interesting ideas. We envision ROADS as a forum where participants can receive early feedback on the design and implementation of systems that may later form the core of submissions to conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, SOSP, OSDI, CoNEXT, MobiCom, MobiSys, or EuroSys.

Submit a 6-page double column paper using 10pt type in PDF format via the EasyChair login page: Copies of the accepted proposals will be made available online before the workshop. The workshop web site is

Program Co-Chairs Program Committee Workshop Steering Committee Call for Demos [PDF]

ROADS '09 will host demonstrations, with the purpose of allowing the participants to the workshop to demonstrate 'live' their contributions. The demonstrations are not limited to contributions associated with papers that are presented in the workshop. We encourage the demonstration of contributions related to the workshop topics with a primarily focus on engaging people in discussion.

Submission and Selection

Interested contributors should send a one paragraph description of their demonstration. The workshop organizers reserves the right to select the demos that will be presented within the time limited session. Authors of selected demonstrations are encouraged to send a two page description of their demo. This description will be published on the workshop web site.

Demos Presentation

The demonstrations will be presented sequentially to the audience in a dedicated session. Presentation time is limited to 10-15 minutes per demonstration. It is not confirmed yet if and how good the internet connectivity at the workshop will be. It is therefore safe to prepare an offline version of the demonstration.

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