{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

Industry Forum on Critical Topics in Dependability at DSN 2008:

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: May 15, 2008
  • Author notification: May 22, 2008
  • Camera ready copy: June 2, 2008

Call for Participation:

Reliability, availability, maintainability, information assurance, and other dependability-related issues are top considerations in all areas of the IT industry and the industries that IT enables, and this technology area employs an immense number of industrial practitioners in fields spanning theory, architecture, analysis, design, implementation, verification, test, and service. However, developments in these rapidly-moving industries (virtualization, SOA, grid computing, mobile computing, cloud computing, wireless connectivity, internet access on airliners, electronic voting, ...) regularly present new challenges, opportunities, and (hopefully) solutions that are sometimes overlooked by the academic community. Also, significant academic and theoretical achievements, such as are regularly presented at DSN, are often insufficiently recognized by industrial practitioners. Regular interchange between academia and industry is vital for the continued relevance of the former, and advancement of the latter.

To further this agenda, DSN is hosting an Industry Forum to which we invite industrial practitioners in (1) the broad area of IT dependability and (2) industries that rely on dependable IT systems to engage with other DSN attendees. At the Forum, we are interested in hearing about the burning problems that keep you up at night, solutions that you think the academic and theoretical communities may be unaware of or interested in, emerging challenges or opportunities for dependability technology, and ways to get the academic and industrial sectors to work together. We eagerly invite you to attend the entire DSN conference, and engage fully with the DSN attendees.

Participation, Submission and Selection Process:

All prospective Industry Forum participants should submit an abstract, work-in-progress report, or position paper. Submissions will be fully refereed by the PC members. Accepted abstracts, reports, and papers will be published in a supplemental volume of the DSN 2008 proceedings. Accepted participants are also expected to give a twenty-minute presentation at the Forum.

Please submit a two-paragraph abstract describing your proposed topic using the submission mechanism below. If accepted, you should provide a two- to four-page camera-ready paper in IEEE CS 2-column format, by the due date listed above to that same submission site.

This highly interactive Forum will consist of a combination of presentations, panel sessions, and a round table discussion. Depending on the number of accepted submittals, it will last up to one day.

Forum Organizers:

  • Chair: Rick Harper, IBM Research, USA
  • Wendy Bartlett, Hewlett-Packard, USA
  • Peter Carr, Sun Microsystems, USA
  • Ram Chillarege, Chillarege, Inc., USA
  • Cristian Constantinescu, AMD, USA
  • Brendan Murphy, Microsoft Research, UK
  • Lisa Spainhower, IBM, USA
  • Bob Swarz, The MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Bob Yeh, Boeing, USA

The organizers can be reached by e-mail at: dsn2008-industryforum@dsn08.org

Submission Instructions:

Submission will be via web site only at this site

The above site will take you to a form with the following fields. Please adhere carefully to the following instructions when submitting your paper.

  1. File to send: Only PDF files will be accepted. Please use the following naming convention for your file.


    • X is the first author's last name
    • Y is an abbreviation of the first author's institution
    • n is 0 for your first paper. Increment n for each additional paper you submit to the workshop.
  2. Recipient's email address: Please fill in "jhoe+DSN@ece.cmu.edu"
  3. Your name: Please give the first author's full name and institution.
  4. Your email address: Please give the email address at which you wish to receive the acknowledgement. Please allow 48 hours. If you experience any difficulties, please email: jhoe+DSN@ece.cmu.edu

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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