First Annual Symposium on

Operating Systems Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

(OS-DIE 1)

Symposium Overview

The goal of the first OS-DIE is to present innovative, exciting work in the systems area. OS-DIE brings together professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds and has become a premiere forum for discussing the design, implementation, and implications of systems software.

The OS-DIE symposium emphasizes both innovative research and quantified experience in the systems area. OS-DIE takes a broad view of what the systems area encompasses and seeks contributions from all fields of systems practice, including: operating systems, networking, distributed systems, parallel systems, mobile systems, embedded systems, and the influence of hardware developments on systems and vice-versa. We particularly encourage contributions containing highly original ideas.

The symposium will consist of 0 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.

Program Committee

Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Program Chair, Publicity Chair, Steering Committee, and general Grand Poo-bah.

Important Dates and Locations

Paper submissions due by 10 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2000.
Date of conference: Conference will unfortunately never take place.
Where it will not take place: Cancun, Mexico

Submitting a Paper

Submitted papers must be no longer than 12 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, but not including references, using 10 point or larger fonts. Papers longer than 12 pages (not including references) will not be reviewed, and will automatically receive a very bad grade. Papers so short as to be considered "extended abstracts" will not receive full consideration (again, a bad grade). A good paper will demonstrate that the authors:
  • are attacking a significant problem
  • have devised an interesting, compelling solution
  • have demonstrated the practicality and benefits of the solution
  • have drawn appropriate conclusions
  • have clearly described what they have done
  • have clearly articulated the relation to previous work
  • Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. Accepted papers will not be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee, though that would certainly be nice.

    OS-DIE, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to any other conference or publication or class project, that submissions not be previously published, and that accepted papers not be subsequently published elsewhere, except for perhaps in a real conference. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

    Authors of all papers will be expected to provide an HTML page containing the abstract of and links to their paper, and to the software described in their paper. This will be collected for inclusion in an electronic version of the symposium.

    Deadline and Submission Instructions

    Submitted papers must be received by 10 p.m. Friday, May 12, 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 here. 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 May 12 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 hearty congratulations and pat on the back.