DSN 2008 Call for Papers:
Performance and Dependability Symposium (PDS)

Program Chair:
Kimberly Keeton
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

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We rely on computers in many contexts in our everyday lives. As the complexity of these computing and communication systems grows, it's increasingly challenging to make sure they work correctly and efficiently. Modeling, measuring, testing, benchmarking and verifying performance and dependability (including security, safety and reliability) are critical for the design and deployment of these systems. The Performance and Dependability Symposium (PDS) brings together academic and industrial researchers in computing systems analysis, measurement, testing, validation and verification, to advance the field, integrate theory and practice, and exchange ideas and experiences.

We invite original papers reporting research and practical results related to performance and dependability assessment in any computer system application area, including:

We welcome regular papers, practical experience reports, tool descriptions/demonstrations, and panel proposals concerning the following topics:

Information for Authors

New for 2008:
(1) Abstracts are mandatory for all papers except panel proposals
(2) Author rebuttals: authors have the opportunity to comment on reviews

Important Dates


The authors of all papers are required to submit an abstract, including author contact information, by the abstract deadline. Papers submitted without an abstract will not be processed for reviewing.

Abstracts must be submitted through the PDS submission page.

Paper submissions

Manuscripts in the following categories will be considered for publication in the IEEE Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks:

The title page should include the title of the paper, author names, affiliations, mailing address, phone/fax numbers, and email address, a maximum 150-word abstract, five keywords, the submission category (see above), an approximate word count, and a declaration that the material has been cleared through the author affiliations. For multi-authored submissions, the contact author should be indicated.

Submissions should adhere to the IEEE Computer Society camera-ready 8.5"x11" two-column camera-ready format. This format includes 10 point font on 12 point spacing for body text, and other details described in the author guidelines below. Pages must be numbered. The templates are reproduced below for your convenience, and further details can be found at http://www.computer.org/portal/site/cscps/.

Each paper should be submitted as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file. We recommend that you embed fonts where possible to improve portability. We also strongly recommend you print the file and review it for integrity (fonts, symbols, equations etc.) before submitting it. A defective printing of your paper can undermine its chance of success.

Papers must be submitted through the PDS submission page.

Submissions that do not conform to the above deadlines and formatting guidelines (e.g., are excessively long, use excessively small fonts or line spacing) or are unoriginal, previously published, or under submission to multiple venues, will be disregarded.

Author Rebuttal

Submissions are reviewed by multiple experts in the field including at least three Program Committee members and generally several non-PC experts. Papers are subject to discussion at a face-to-face paper selection meeting of the full Program Committee.

After the paper has been reviewed, but prior to the Program Committee meeting, the reviews will be made available to the authors to provide a forum for rebutting any factual errors that might be (or are perceived to be) in a review. Please note that this is NOT a forum to add any additional information on the paper, or to submit an updated or revised paper.

The submissions website will contain full author-rebuttal guidelines. We expect the general guidelines to be: a specific and limited rebuttal period of approximately 48 hours; an enforced rebuttal limit of 500 words of plain text; and a limit of the nature of rebuttals to clarifications of factual errors or gross misinterpretation of paper contents in a review. Rebuttal content will be made available to all PC members before the paper is discussed for selection.

William C. Carter Award

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:

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.

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