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The ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR) is an international forum for interaction across the systems research community. The program includes innovative, peer-reviewed research papers in the broad area of systems and storage, as well as distinguished keynote lecturers, a poster session, and social events. ACM SYSTOR is designed to appeal to academic and industrial researchers and practitioners, welcoming both students and seasoned professionals.

Important Dates:

Full and Short Papers Track
Paper Submission February 28, 2018 11:59pm PST
(extended) March 3, 2018 11:59pm PST (Closed)
Acceptance Notification April 15, 2018
Camera-ready May 6, 2018
Highlight Papers Track
Extended Abstract Submission March 29, 2018 11:59 pm PDT
Acceptance Notification April 24, 2018
Posters with Extended Abstract
Poster & Abstract Submission March 29, 2018 11:59 pm PDT
(final) April 10, 2018 11:59pm PST
Acceptance Notification April 22, 2018
Camera-ready May 6, 2018
Informal Student Poster
Presentations Track
Poster Submission May 15, 2018 11:59 pm PDT
Acceptance Notification May 22, 2018
Conference June 4-6, 2018

Call for Papers

SYSTOR welcomes academic and industrial papers in systems and storage, broadly construed. SYSTOR encourages submissions that describe results from experimental system prototypes, as well as experience papers describing practical deployments, and valuable lessons learned from them.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Big data infrastructure
  • Cloud, datacenter, and distributed systems
  • Deployment, usage, and experience
  • Embedded and real-time systems
  • Fault tolerance, reliability, and availability
  • File and storage systems
  • Networked, mobile, wireless, peer-to-peer, and sensor systems
  • Operating systems, computer architecture, and their interactions
  • Performance evaluation and workload characterization
  • Runtime systems and compiler/programming-language support
  • Security, privacy, and trust
  • System design or adaptation for emerging storage technologies
  • Virtualization

SYSTOR 2018 solicits submissions in four separate categories:

A list of Program Committee members can be found here.

Research Track

SYSTOR accepts both full-length and short papers. A short paper is intended for an idea that can be described and evaluated in fewer pages; the goal of the short paper is not for preliminary work or workshop-style position papers.

A good SYSTOR paper should present a novel, compelling solution to a well-motivated problem. The evaluation should demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the solution in settings which are as realistic as possible, including test applications workloads, system parameters, and assumed constraints. Authors should clearly describe their contribution in the context of prior work, and draw meaningful conclusions from their work.

The program committee also encourages submissions that describe lessons learned from operational (especially large-scale) system deployments. Such submissions are expected to include sufficient details of the system, its design goals, and the methods used for evaluating whether these goals were met.

The program committee will value submissions accompanied by supplemental material such as traces and open-source code that can help reproduce the reported results, and advance additional research in the field.

A small set of outstanding papers will be forwarded to ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS) for a fast-tracked review process for an expanded version of the paper.

Highlights Track

The highlights track gives an opportunity for research, previously published in a top-tier conference (e.g., SOSP, OSDI, FAST, ASPLOS, EuroSys, ATC, NSDI), to reach a broader audience with a second presentation (similar to ATC’s “Best of the Rest” track). Highlight papers will have a slot in the conference program for an author of the paper to present the work, but will not be republished in the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

Poster Track

SYSTOR also welcomes academic and industrial posters. See "Call for Papers" above for areas of focus and relevant topics.

A good poster submission will articulate and motivate an interesting problem, and describe a new insight or approach to addressing this problem. It will clearly present the work in progress (or attained results), and the expected outcomes from future work. The poster should present these details in a manner that is clear and captivating.

Poster submissions should include a one-page extended abstract, and a draft of the poster. The extended abstracts of accepted posters will be included in the online conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

Informal Student Poster Presentations

SYSTOR ‘18 will provide a unique opportunity for students to present their work to the broad systems and storage community. Students are encouraged to present research findings in a session co-located with the poster session.

Submissions should include a draft of a poster reflecting the approach and main results, and a 1-paragraph abstract outlining the main presentation points (not to be included in the online conference proceedings in the ACM Digital Library).

Submission Instructions

Research (full and short) should be submitted through: https://systor18.hotcrp.com/
Posters and informal presentations should be submitted through: https://systor18posters.hotcrp.com/
Highlight papers should be submitted to: https://systor18highlights.hotcrp.com/

Review Process

The program committee will review submissions in a single-blind manner (i.e., submissions are not anonymous), soliciting external reviews as needed. Any submissions accompanied by a non-disclosure agreement will be returned without review. By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one author will attend the conference to present the work.

Copyright and originality of the work

SYSTOR will enforce ACM’s Plagiarism policy regarding copying and resubmission of prior work. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed: any work submitted to SYSTOR must not be under consideration for another workshop, conference, or journal.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the earlier of either the first day of the conference or the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

Formatting instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically as a PDF. All text and figures must fit within a 7"x9" text block, centered on the page, using two columns with .33 inches of separation. The paper should be typeset using a 10 point font (Times New Roman or similar) with a 12-point (single-spaced) leading.

For the Full and Short Paper Tracks, please follow paper formatting instructions. The author kit, which contains the Latex style and template, is available here.

For the Posters Track, please follow poster formatting instructions. The author kit, which contains the Latex style and template, is available here.

Please ensure that your paper satisfies all the above requirements for content and formatting before submission; if you have a question about any of these issues, please send email to the program chairs, Don Porter and Gala Yadgar using this email: systor18chairs@systor.org.

Additional instructions regarding camera-ready versions of accepted papers and posters will be sent directly to the corresponding authors and will appear here (link) after the notification to authors.

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