Symposium on Operating Systems, Please
Authors are invited to submit papers to the First Annual Symposium on Operating Systems, Please Conference
describing original research related to the design, implementation, and analysis of operating systems. We encourage papers about systems issues on a wide range of platforms, including embedded and portable computers, workstations, high performance machines, and production environments. Preference will be given to papers of unusual novelty or unusual practicality, papers whose authors ensure replicable results (e.g., by making available source code and experimental data), and papers critiquing prior work or continuing a significant research dialogue. We seek a broad conference of high relevance, high quality, with work submitted by students who are not high (at least, at the moment of submission).
The field of operating systems is closely tied to other (lesser) areas of computer science such as computer architecture, data communications, programming systems, and applications. Thus, SOS-Please attracts attendees with diverse backgrounds, and we explicitly solicit papers not only in the "traditional core" of the field, but also in the interface to these other areas. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
Languages and Programming
The architecture / OS interface
Support for multimedia
I/O and file systems
Performance tools and techniques
Low Power OS
System structure and organization
Reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, which consists of all of one person. Papers must use a typeface no smaller than 10 point, and be no longer than twelve (12) 8.5" by 11" pages including everything except references (thus, a paper can have 12 pages of text and figures, and as many pages of references as needed); the Program Chair will shred papers exceeding these limits. Substantially identical papers must not have been published elsewhere or be under consideration for publication elsewhere, except perhaps in a real conference.
The symposium will unfortunately never take place (as everyone wants to go home for the holidays), and thus consists of zero days of single-track technical sessions with presentations of refereed papers and a keynote address. A session of Work-in-Progress presentations is not planned, and informal Birds-of-a-Feather sessions may not be organized by attendees. Refereed papers will be published in the Electronic Proceedings, provided free to technical session attendees and the rest of the free world, and not made available for purchase.
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau,
University of Wisconsin, Madison,
Program Chair, Publicity Chair, Steering Committee, Chief of Staff, and Commander in Chief.
Important Dates and Locations
Paper submissions due by
Midnight, Monday, December 18, 2000.
Date of conference: Conference will unfortunately never take place.
Where it will not take place: Brisbane, Australia
Submitting a Paper
As described above, submitted papers must be no longer than 12 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, but
including references, using 10 point or larger fonts. Papers longer than 12 pages will be ripped to bits by the program chair and automatically receive a very bad grade. Papers so short as to be considered "extended abstracts" will not receive full consideration and thus a bad grade. Papers are allowed to be in two-column format. A good paper will demonstrate that the authors:
Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. Unlike most other conferences, all papers will be accepted and distributed via the online electronic proceedings.
Authors of all papers will be expected to provide an
to their paper, and to the
described in their paper. Papers, software, and data will all be collected for inclusion in an electronic version of the symposium.
Deadline and Submission Instructions
Submitted papers must be received by
Midnight, December 18, 2000.
Submission of all papers must be made in electronic form, in either
PDF or Postscript
format. As stated above, an HTML page, containing the abstract and author information, and including a link to the paper, should be submitted. A template of the abstract page is available
All submissions should be sent to
and the email should consist of a link to the HTML page and related documents and software.
Note that December 18 is a hard deadline -- no extensions will be given.
Best Paper Award
An award will be given for the best paper at the symposium, likely in the form of a handshake and friendly smile from the instructor.
Sister Conference to SOS-Please: OS-DIE
SOS-Please is the sister conference of OS-DIE, whose on-line proceedings can be found
Please feel free to peruse the OS-DIE proceedings for examples of previously accepted submissions.