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19th ACM Symposium on
Operating Systems Principles

October 19-22, 2003
The Sagamore,
Bolton Landing (Lake George), New York

General chair Michael L. Scott, University of Rochester (585)-275-7745
Program chair Larry Peterson, Princeton University, (609)-258-6077
Sponsored by ACM SIGOPS

Authors are invited to submit papers to the 19th Symposium on Operating System Principles (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:

High availability Mobile computing
Scalability and performance Ubiquitous computing
Security Power management
File systems Sensor Networks
I/O architectures Web support
Overlay networks Multimedia systems
Transactional support 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. Substantially identical papers 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, assisted by 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 requirement. 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.

There will be a scholarship program to support student registration and attendance. Details can be found on the web site.

Important Dates

Submission deadline (HARD, NO EXTENSIONS) March 24, 2003
Acceptance notification June 16, 2003
Camera-ready deadline July 31, 2003

Program Committee

Brian Bershad, Washington
Barbara Liskov, MIT
Ken Birman, Cornell
Larry Peterson, Princeton
Peter Druschel, Rice
Ian Pratt, Cambridge
Dawson Engler, Stanford
Stefan Savage, UCSD
John Heidemann, USC/ISI
Amin Vahdat, Duke
Kevin Jeffay, UNC
John Wilkes, HP Labs
Frans Kaashoek, MIT
Ted Wobber, Microsoft Research

Organizing Chairs

Local Arrangements: Leonidas Kontothanassis, HP Labs
Treasurer: Galen Hunt , Microsoft Research
Publicity: Amy Murphy, Rochester
Registration: Kai Shen, Rochester
CD-ROM Production: Christopher Small, Sun Microsystems Labs
Conference Proceedings: Alan Cox, Rice University
Student Travel Scholarships: Cary G. Gray, Wheaton College