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DSN 2007
The 37th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks

June 25 - June 28, 2007
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability

Workshop Website

Motivation and Theme

Authors are invited to submit position papers to the Third Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability (HotDep'07). The workshop will be part of the 2007 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2007, 25-28 June 2007), in Edinburgh, UK.

The goals of HotDep'07 are to bring forth cutting-edge research ideas spanning the domains of fault tolerance/reliability and systems, and to build linkages between the two communities (e.g., between people who attend traditional "dependability" conferences such as DSN and ISSRE, and those who attend "systems" conferences such as OSDI, SOSP, and EuroSys). Previous HotDep workshop programs are available at http://hotdep.org.

HotDep'07 will center on critical components of the infrastructures touching our everyday lives: operating systems, networking, security, wide-area and enterprise-scale distributed systems, mobile computing, compilers, and language design. We seek participation and contributions from both academic researchers and industry practitioners to achieve a mix of long-range research vision and technology ideas anchored in immediate reality.

Position papers (maximum length of 5 pages) should preferably do one of the following:

  1. describe a novel approach to an old problem

  2. debunk an old, entrenched perspective on dependability

  3. articulate a brand-new perspective on existing problems in dependability

  4. describe an emerging problem (and, possibly, a solution) that must be addressed by the dependable-systems research community

The program committee will favor papers that are likely to generate healthy debate at the workshop, and ones that might open up new, interesting directions. We recognize that many ideas will not be 100% fleshed out and/or entirely backed up by quantitative measurements, but papers that lack credible motivation and some evidence of plausibility are likely to be rejected.


Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • automated failure management, enabling systems to adapt on the fly to changes or exceptional conditions
  • techniques for better detection, diagnosis, or recovery from failures
  • forensic tools for use by administrators and programmers after a failure or attack
  • techniques and metrics for quantifying aspects of dependability in specific domains (e.g., measuring the security, scalability, responsiveness, or other properties of a software service)
  • tools/concepts/techniques for optimizing tradeoffs among availability, performance, correctness, and security
  • novel uses of technologies not originally intended for dependability (e.g., using virtual machines to enhance dependability)
  • advances in the automation of management technologies, such as better ways to specify management policy, advances on mechanisms for carrying out policies, or insights into how policies can be combined or validated
  • Participation, Submission and Selection Process

    Authors are invited to submit position papers that are no longer than 5 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references; two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading; and a text block 6.5" wide x 9" deep. Author names and affiliations should appear on the title page.

    Papers must be in PDF format and must be submitted via the web submission form. Except as noted below, submissions will be treated with strict confidentiality during the reviewing process.

    Authors should not submit work that is substantially similar to work that is currently under review in other venues. The program committee may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure conformance to this. Any authors who are uncertain whether their submission meets these guidelines are welcome to contact the program chairs, at chairs@hotdep.org.

    Authors of accepted papers will be asked to produce a final PDF and the equivalent HTML. Both will be published online at the workshop web site one month prior to the workshop. Accepted papers will also be printed in a supplemental volume to the DSN proceedings.

    Accepted papers will be put into one of two categories: hot papers and hot talks. The former will be granted more pages in the proceedings, and more time to present their work. Both kinds of papers will be published on the web site and the proceedings. In addition, authors of both kinds of accepted papers will be asked to prepare a poster for the workshop.

    Workshop Organizers

    Program Co-Chairs
    Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
    John Wilkes, Hewlett-Packard Labs

    Program Committee
    Marcos K. Aguilera, Hewlett-Packard Labs
    Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas at Austin
    Paul Barham, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
    Garth Gibson, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
    Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA, Rennes
    Petros Maniatis, Intel Research
    Armando Fox, University of California, Berkeley
    Ashvin Goel, University of Toronto
    Rick Schlichting, AT&T Labs
    Paulo Verissimo, University of Lisboa, Portugal
    Yuanyuan Zhou, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Willy Zwaenepoel, EPFL, Lausanne

    Steering Committee Chair
    George Candea, EPFL, Lausanne

    Important Dates

    Submission deadline:
    February 15, 2007
    Author notification:
    March 31, 2007
    Camera ready copy:
    May 4, 2007