[e2e] CFP: WORLDS'06, Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems

David G. Andersen dga+ at cs.cmu.edu
Fri Apr 14 17:28:08 PDT 2006

WORLDS '06 Call for Papers
3rd Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems (WORLDS '06)
November 5, 2006
Seattle, WA, USA

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Co-located with the 7th Symposium on Operating Systems Design and
Implementation (OSDI '06), which takes place November 6-8, 2006.

Important Dates
Paper submissions due: July 7, 2006, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Notification to authors: August 8, 2006
Demo submissions due: September 7, 2006
Final papers due: September 8, 2006

Workshop Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
David Andersen, Carnegie Mellon University
Neil Spring, University of Maryland

Preliminary Program Committee
Mike Afergan, Akamai
Mike Dahlin, University of Texas, Austin
Marc Fiuczynski, Princeton University
Michael Freedman, New York University
Krishna Gummadi, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Dina Katabi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jay Lepreau, University of Utah
Dan Rubenstein, Columbia University
Martin Swany, University of Delaware
Matt Welsh, Harvard University
Janet Wiener, Hewlett-Packard
Ming Zhang, Microsoft Research

Workshop Overview

The 3rd Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems will bring
together people who are exploring the new challenges of building
widely distributed networked systems and who lean toward the "rough
consensus and running code" school of systems building. WORLDS is a
place to share new ideas, experiences, and work in progress, with an
emphasis on systems that actually run in the wide area and the
specific challenges they present for designers and researchers.

Workshop means the emphasis is on focused, fresh ideas and
experience. Talks will be short (about 15 minutes long) to leave
plenty of time for general discussion. Attendance will consist of
contributors to the workshop and a subset of the OSDI attendees, with
the number of non-contributors limited to encourage lively discussion
between the participants.

Real means that the workshop will concentrate on systems designed to
run on a real platform for a period of time. Such systems might be
research projects, teaching exercises, or more permanent services, but
they should address technical issues of actual widely distributed
systems. We also welcome papers that explore the extent to which
results obtained from simulation or testbed deployments retain
validity when transferred to more representative network environments.

Large refers to the numerical and geographical dimensions of the
system: WORLDS emphasizes distributed systems that span a significant
portion of the globe and are spread over a large number of sites.

Submitting a Paper

Submissions should be at most 5 U.S. letter pages long, two-column
format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading within
a 6.5" x 9" text block. Participants will be invited based on their
ability to convince the program committee that they have built, are
building, or are experimenting with a Real, Large Distributed System
and have useful ideas, tools, experience, data, or research directions
to share with the community that will stimulate discussion at the
workshop. Submit your paper via the Web form, which will be available
here soon.

Online copies of the position papers will be made available before the
workshop to registered attendees and will be added to the USENIX
proceedings library after the workshop. Participants may update their
papers to incorporate workshop feedback.

USENIX policy on simultaneous paper subission: Simultaneous submission
of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously
published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or fraud. USENIX,
like other scientific and technical conferences and journals,
prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program
chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In some
cases, program committees may share information about submitted papers
with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the
integrity of papers under consideration. If a violation of these
principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to,
barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX
conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions,
and publicizing the details of the case.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines
should contact the program chairs, worlds06chairs at usenix.org, or the
USENIX office, submissionspolicy at usenix.org.

Demo Session

This year, WORLDS will again feature a demo session in which
researchers will have the opportunity to demonstrate the real, running
distributed systems they have built. Authors who have their full
5-page workshop papers accepted will automatically be granted the
opportunity to present a demo. Others who wish to present a demo
should submit a single-page demo description that (a) concretely
describes the research problem solved by the system to be demonstrated
and (b) concretely describes what will be shown at the demo. Submit
your demo via the Web form, which will be available here soon.


We expect to offer both a best paper award and a best demo award.

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