PDS - Performance and Dependability Symposium

PDS Submission Site: https://www.softconf.com/b/pds2011

Program Chair:
Susanna Donatelli
University of Torino, Turin, Italy
email: susanna_DOT_donatelli_AT_di_DOT_unito_DOT_it

Program Committee

The activities of our daily life are increasingly dependent on networked information systems. Therefore, analyzing and assessing the quality of service delivered by these systems, in terms of their performance, dependability and security is crucially important. This objective is challenging, in particular when considering current and future information systems that are more and more composed of large, evolving, networked systems and infrastructures, involving everything from super-computers and widely deployed server farms to myriads of small mobile computers and tiny embedded devices. Efficient and scalable modeling and experimental techniques are needed to allow the designers and the administrators of computer systems and networks, to better understand and to quantify the relationships between the occurrence of accidental or malicious threats and their impact on performance, dependability and security.

The Performance and Dependability Symposium (PDS) aims to bring together academic and industrial researchers in these related areas, with emphasis on integrating theory and practice. Contributions related to analytical modeling, simulation, measurement, benchmarking of performance, dependability and security, considering hardware and software, during the design, operation and maintenance of computer systems and networks are the topics of interest to the symposium. Also, we encourage submissions including real world empirical studies and focusing on implementation and experimental issues.

We welcome original regular research papers, practical experience
reports, tool descriptions/demonstrations, and panel proposals related
to performance, dependability and security assessment, including:

  • Analytical, numerical and simulation techniques for performance and dependability assessment
  • Measurement and monitoring techniques for performance and dependability assessment
  • Dependability benchmarking and fault injection/robustness testing
  • Model verification and validation for performance and dependability evaluation
  • Field data statistical analysis and data mining for performance and dependability evaluation
  • Modeling and measurement of security, malware and intrusion detection systems
  • Vulnerability analysis and threat assessment
  • Design and use of tools and testbeds for performance, dependability and security assessment
  • Case studies showing the role of performance, dependability and security assessment in the design, operation or maintenance of computer systems and networks
Relevant application areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Fault-tolerant and resilient systems
  • Distributed, parallel, clustered and grid systems
  • Peer to peer systems and social networks
  • Real-time and embedded systems
  • Database and transactional systems
  • Operating systems, file and storage systems
  • Mobile and multimedia systems
  • Sensor, wireless and ad-hoc networks
  • Internet and web-based information services and systems
  • Secure and intrusion tolerant systems
  • Critical infrastructures

Information For Authors

  • Papers must be submitted through the DSN 2011 submission page.
  • The review process will run in two phases with 3 PC reviews assigned to each paper at Phase 1, and 2 additional PC reviews for those papers preselected at the end of Phase 1.
  • Author response: authors have the opportunity to comment on reviews before program committee meeting.
Important Dates
  • Full paper submission: December 10, 2010 (11:59PM EST or UTC/GMT-5h).
  • Author response period: February 14-16, 2011.
  • Author notification: March 7, 2011
Please note that all submission deadlines are hard - there will be no extensions!

Please refer to the international times for the deadline.

Paper Categories

Manuscripts in the following categories will be considered for publication in the IEEE Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks:

  • Regular papers (max. 12 page submission; 12 pages in proceedings): full paper describing a research contribution to dependable computing, including experimental work focused on implementation and evaluation of existing dependability techniques.
  • Practical experience reports (max. 8 page submission; 8 pages in proceedings): a short paper describing practitioner experiences or lessons learned applying tools and techniques to real-world problems.
  • Tool descriptions/demonstrations (max. 8 page submission; 8 pages in proceedings): descriptions of the architecture, implementation and usage of substantive tools to aid the research and practice of dependability.
  • Panel proposals (2 page submission; 2 page panel summary in proceedings): descriptions of the proposed panel, including the proposed topic(s); the panel objectives; the panel organization; and the names, addresses and background of probable panelists.

Please contact your program chairs (Susanna Donatelli for PDS and Saurabh Bagchi for DCCS) in case you have any questions concerning to which category your paper should be submitted. 

Paper Submissions

The first page must 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 must be indicated.

The first page is not a separate page, but is a part of the paper (and thus has technical material in it, in addition to the author information). Thus, this page counts toward the total page budget for the paper.

Submissions must adhere to the IEEE Computer Society camera-ready 8.5"x11" two-column camera-ready format. The templates are reproduced below for your convenience, and further details can be found here.

Each paper must 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.

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

Review Process and Author Response

Submissions are reviewed by multiple experts in the field including at least three Program Committee members and also non-PC experts for papers for which we do not have sufficient expertise in the PC. Papers are subject to discussion at a face-to-face paper selection meeting of the Program Committee.

The review process will run in two phases. In Phase 1, 3 PC members will be assigned to each submitted paper. 2 additional PC members will be assigned to those papers preselected at the end of Phase 1.

After the papers have been reviewed, but prior to the Program Committee meeting, the reviews will be made available to the authors to provide a forum for responding to any factual errors in the reviews. Please note that this is NOT a forum to add any additional information on the paper, to submit an updated or revised paper, or to list changes the authors promise to include in the final version. Author responses will be made available to all PC members before the paper is discussed for selection in the PC meeting. The submissions website will contain full author-response guidelines.

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 Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance 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, until February 4th, a plain ASCII nomination e-mail to award2011@dsn.org with the following:

  • Student name, paper title, track (DCCS or PDS), and paper submission ID.
  • PhD defense (or expected defense) date of student, confirming no more than two years have passed since dissertation completion as of December 2011.
  • A paragraph explaining why this student is deserving of the award.

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 (Michael R. Lyu).

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