{DSN08 logo}   DSN 2008
The 38th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks

June 24-27, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska, USA



Student Forum
Industry Forum


Call for Contributions
William Carter Award

Previous Conferences:
DSN 2007
DSN 2006
DSN 2005
DSN 2004
DSN 2003
DSN 2002
DSN 2001

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Important: All submissions must be made via the appropriate web submission site unless otherwise stated.

Call For Contributions:

Click Here for the printable call for contributions mini-poster (2-page Acrobat file).

DSN 2008 will feature a number of coordinated tracks, including: The Dependable Computing and Communication Symposium (DCCS), the Performance and Dependability Symposium (PDS), several workshops, tutorials, a student forum, and fast abstract sessions. We invite you to contribute to this premier conference by submitting to any of the categories below.

The below are page limits for the final printed papers.

  • Regular Papers: Present recent research results with an archival quality conference publication. (10 printed pages)
  • Practical Experience Reports: Provide an in-depth description of practitioner experience or a case study (6 printed pages)
  • Demonstrations: Describe and demonstrate a piece of software, system, or tool
  • Panels: Discuss and debate topics of high interest to the dependability community
  • Workshops: Provide opportunities for focused discussion on selected topics in a group setting. (Non-archival papers; see individual workshop calls for papers)
  • Tutorials: Provide short courses on dependability techniques, and theories (held June 24)
  • Fast Abstracts: Present a very brief abstract of a topic of interest (2 printed pages)
  • Student Forum: For PhD students only – mid-length presentations about works-in-progress (3 printed pages)

Topics of interest for DSN include, but are not limited to: Architectures for Dependable, Secure and Resilient Computer Systems; Dependability Benchmarking, Modeling and Prediction; Dependability of High-Speed Networks and Protocols; Dependability in VLSI; E-Commerce Dependability; Fault-Tolerance in Transaction Processing Systems, Distributed Systems, Embedded and Real-Time Systems, Mobile Systems and Multimedia Systems; Internet Dependability and Quality of Service; Adaptable, Survivable and Intrusion-Tolerant Systems; Safety-Critical Systems and Critical Infrastructures; Software Testing, Validation and Verification; Software Reliability; Performance and Dependability Assessment by means of Measurement, Analysis and Simulation – Techniques, Tools and Results.

Please note that in all cases one of the paper authors must attend DSN to present the paper personally. Substitute presenters are not permitted.

Submission Hard Deadlines (No Extensions):

  • Workshop Proposals: 8 October 2007
  • Mandatory Paper Abstracts: 3 December 2007
  • Full Papers: 10 December 2007 (submission date for all categories not otherwise noted)
  • Panel Proposals: 10 December 2007
  • Tutorial Proposals: 14 January 2008
  • William Carter Award nominations: 5 February 2008
  • Workshop Papers: 17 March 2008
  • Fast Abstracts & Student Forum: 7 April 2008

Submission by Midnight Anchorage AK time (UTC/GMT -9 hours) on stated dates.
All papers will be submitted in camera-ready IEEE Conference proceedings format according to page limits above.

What's The Difference Between PDS and DCCS?

There are two tracks for regular papers, practical experience reports, demonstrations, and panels: DCCS and PDS. Below is a summary of the main differences between these two tracks.

  • PDS: The Performance and Dependability Symposium (PDS) mainly emphasizes research and practice on all aspects of evaluation of dependable systems. This spans analytical, simulation, and measurement techniques for evaluating performance, dependability, and security assessment in computer and communication systems.
    More details are available at the PDS Call For Papers web page.
  • DCCS: The Dependable Computing and Communications Symposium (DCCS) mainly emphasizes research and practice on all aspects of design and validation of system level dependability and security. This spans system lifecycle phases including architecture, design, verification/validation, and deployment.
    More details are available at the DCCS Call For Papers web page.

William C. Carter Award:

Deadline for nominations: 5 February 2008

The William C. Carter Award is presented annually since 1997 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research. The award honors the late William C. Carter, a key figure in the formation and development of the field of dependable computing. The award is sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing (TC-FTC) and IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (WG 10.4). To qualify, a paper based on the student's Ph.D. dissertation must have been submitted within DSN as a regular paper with the student as the first author. Both current and former graduate students, no more than two years past completion of their dissertations, are eligible. All nominated submissions accepted as regular papers to DSN in both the PDS and DCCS tracks are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Conference.

Consideration for an award requires a nomination. Dissertation advisors wishing to nominate a student should submit a plain ASCII nomination e-mail to with the following:

  • Student name, paper title, track (DCCS or PDS), and paper submission ID.
  • PhD defense (or expected defense) date of student, confirming no more than two years have passed since dissertation completion as of December 2007.
  • A paragraph explaining why this student is deserving of the award.

All nomination submissions will be confirmed via return e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours of sending the e-mail please contact the General Chair.

The following calls for submission are now closed:
Sponsored by:
  IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
In Cooperation With:
{Carnegie Mellon}   Carnegie Mellon University

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