The International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks
    Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy, June 28 - July 1, 2004

       Dependable Computing and Communications Symposium (DCCS)

Program Chair
E.N. (Mootaz) Elnozahy <mootaz@us.ibm.com>
IBM Austin Research Lab,
11501 Burnet Rd., M/S 904-6C-020,
Austin, TX 78758, USA
Tel.: (+1) 512-823-6738
Fax: (+1) 305-402-2432

We invite original papers and other contributions reporting research
and practical results covering all aspects of computer-system
dependability, but very specially: autonomic computing, dependable HW
and SW architecture; distributed systems architectures and protocols;
algorithms, including cryptographic; networking; and rigorous design
and verification. In addition to the traditional areas of emphasis, we
encourage papers submitted in emerging fields. Topic areas include,
but are not limited to:

    * Dependability in VLSI
    * Distributed Systems
    * E-commerce Dependability
    * Fault Tolerance
    * High-Speed Networks and Protocols
    * Industrial Applications and Automotives
    * Information Assurance and Survivability
    * Intrusion Tolerance
    * Internet Dependability, Quality of Service and Adaptability
    * Mobile Systems
    * Multimedia Systems
    * Real-Time Systems
    * Safety-Critical Systems
    * Security Policy, Protection and Access Control
    * Software and System Reliability
    * Software Testing, Validation, and Verification
    * Storage Systems
    * Supercomputing and High-end Computing Systems
    * System Dependability Modeling and Prediction
    * System Management and Self-managed Systems
    * Telecommunication Systems
    * Transaction Processing

Information for Authors

Manuscripts in the following categories will be refereed and
considered for publication in the Proceedings of the 2004
International Conference on Dependable Systems and
Networks. Excessively long submissions, unoriginal work, or work that
is submitted to multiple venues will be disregarded. Please submit in
any of the following categories by November 14, 2003:

    * Regular Papers describing recent research results.
    * Practical Experience Reports describing an experience or a case study.
    * Software and System Demonstrations describing the software or
      the system, its context and objective, and the planned
      demonstration. Optionally, authors may additionally send video
      recordings of their proposed demonstration.
    * Panels, including the proposed topic(s), a description of the
      panel objectives, and the names and addresses of probable panelists.

The title page should include the title of the paper, author name(s),
affiliations, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail
address, a maximum 150-word abstract, five keywords (to help with
referee assignment), the submission category (see above), an
approximate word count, and a declaration that the material has been
cleared through author affiliations. For multi-authored submissions,
the contact author should be indicated.  The format of submissions for
review should be single-column, Times 11-point size, double-spaced:

    * 20 pages for Regular Papers (equivalent to 10 IEEE conference pages),
    * 12 pages for Practical Experience Reports and Software and
      System demonstrations (equivalent to 6 IEEE conference pages),
    * 4 pages (equivalent to 2 IEEE conference pages), plus
      biographical sketch for Panels.

The format for final, camera-ready submissions that have been accepted
for publication should be in accordance with IEEE stan-dard conference
paper format.

Submit all materials in electronic form through the web to:  http://www.dsn.org

Format: Portable Document Format (.pdf) files

Please preview the manuscript in a viewer such as Acrobat to ensure
its integrity before submitting it. Make sure you visually check
uncommon fonts, symbols, equations, etc. A defective print can
undermine your chances of success.  For those who are unable to submit
materials electronically or cannot generate .pdf files, please contact
the program chair for special instructions.



    * informative data including abstract: November 14, 2003
    * full paper: December 10, 2003 

Notification: February   23, 2004


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 s dissertation must have been submitted to the DCC Symposium
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. A
dissertation advisor wishing to nominate a student should submit the
nomination form which can be found through the conference website at
www.dsn.org. All Carter Award submissions accepted as regular papers
to the DCC Symposium are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the