USENIX ATC '11 Call for Papers
2011 USENIX Annual Technical Conference

June 15-17, 2011
Portland, OR

Important Dates

    * Submissions due: January 12, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EST
    * Notification to authors: March 17, 2011
    * Final papers due: April 27, 2011

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
Jason Nieh, Columbia University
Carl Waldspurger, VMware

Program Committee
Keith Adams, Facebook
Saman Amarasinghe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Muli Ben-Yehuda, IBM Research
George Candea, EPFL
Leendert van Doorn, AMD
Dilma Da Silva, IBM Research
Dawson Engler, Stanford University
Úlfar Erlingsson, Google
Alexandra Fedorova, Simon Fraser University
Bryan Ford, Yale University
Dirk Grunwald, University of Colorado at Boulder
Ajay Gulati, VMware
Hermann Härtig, Technische Universität Dresden
Wilson Hsieh, Google
Angelos Keromytis, Columbia University
Eddie Kohler, University of California, Los Angeles/Meraki
Monica Lam, Stanford University
Ed Nightingale, Microsoft Research
Kai Shen, University of Rochester
Kang Shin, University of Michigan
Alex C. Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
Ravi Soundararajan, VMware
Michael Swift, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Andy Tucker, NetApp
Volkmar Uhlig, Teza Group
Richard West, Boston University
Alec Wolman, Microsoft Research
Junfeng Yang, Columbia University
Erez Zadok, Stony Brook University


Authors are invited to submit original and innovative papers to the
Refereed Papers Track of the 2011 USENIX Annual Technical
Conference. We seek high-quality submissions that further the
knowledge and understanding of modern computing systems, with an
emphasis on implementations and experimental results. We encourage
papers that break new ground or present insightful results based on
practical experience with computer systems. USENIX ATC has a broad
scope, and specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    * Architectural interaction
    * Cloud computing
    * Deployment experience
    * Distributed and parallel systems
    * Embedded systems
    * Energy/power management
    * File and storage systems
    * Mobile, wireless, and sensor systems
    * Networking and network services
    * Operating systems
    * Reliability, availability, and scalability
    * Security, privacy, and trust
    * System and network management and troubleshooting
    * Usage studies and workload characterization
    * Virtualization

Best Paper Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers at the
conference. Please see the USENIX Compendium of Best Papers for Best
Paper winners from previous years.

What to Submit

Authors are required to submit full papers by 11:59 p.m. EST on
Wednesday, January 12, 2011. This is a hard deadline; no extensions
will be given.

All submissions for USENIX ATC '11 will be electronic, in PDF format,
through the Web submission form, which will be available here soon.

USENIX ATC '11 will accept two types of papers:

    * Regular Full Papers: Submitted papers must be no longer than 14
      single-spaced pages, including figures, tables, and
      references. Papers should be formatted in 2 columns, using 10
      point type on 12 point leading, in a text block of 6.5" by
      9". The first page of the paper should include the paper title
      and author name(s); reviewing is single-blind. Papers longer
      than 14 pages will not be reviewed. In a good paper, the authors
      will have:

          o Addressed a significant problem
          o Devised an interesting and practical solution
          o Clearly described what they have and have not implemented
          o Demonstrated the benefits of their solution
          o Articulated the advances beyond previous work
          o Drawn appropriate conclusions

    * Short Papers: Authors with a contribution for which a full paper
      is not appropriate may submit short papers of at most 6 pages,
      applying the same formatting guidelines. Examples of short paper
      contributions include:

          o Original or unconventional ideas at a preliminary stage of

          o The presentation of interesting results that do not
          require a full-length paper, such as negative results or
          experimental validation

          o Advocacy of a controversial position or fresh approach

Accepted short papers will be published in the Proceedings and time
will be provided for brief presentations of these papers. Authors of
short papers will also be encouraged to present posters and, if
possible, a demo in the Poster Session.

For more details on the submission process, and for templates to use
with LaTeX, Word, etc., authors should consult the detailed submission
requirements. Specific questions about submissions may be sent to

All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the
conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to
the event, please notify The papers will be
available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the
conference, June 15, 2011.

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be
considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior
to publication on the USENIX ATC '11 Web site; rejected submissions
will be permanently treated as confidential.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues,
submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes
dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical
conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the
recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who
have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for
details. Note that the above does not preclude the submission of a
regular full paper that overlaps with a previous short paper or
workshop paper. However, any submission that derives from an earlier
workshop paper must provide a significant new contribution, for
example, by providing a more complete evaluation, and must explicitly
mention the contributions of the submission over the earlier
paper. Questions? Contact your program chairs,,
or the USENIX office,

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection by Thursday,
March 17, 2011. Accepted papers may be shepherded by a program
committee member.

Note regarding registration: One author per accepted paper will
receive a registration discount. USENIX will offer a complimentary
registration upon request.

Poster Session

The poster session will allow researchers to present recent and
ongoing projects. The poster session is an excellent forum to discuss
new ideas and get useful feedback from the community. The poster
submissions should include a brief description of the research
idea(s); the submission must not exceed 2 pages. Accepted posters will
be put on the conference Web site. Send poster submissions to

Program and Registration Information

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