Conference on Configurable Distributed Systems CFP 5/98 (Don Welch)
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From: (Don Welch)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 7 Nov 1997 00:48:31 -0500
Organization: U of Maryland, Dept. of Computer Science, Coll. Pk., MD 20742
Keywords: conference, CFP, parallel

Deadline extended for submissions
Conference on Configurable Distributed Systems

The organizers of ICCDS are pleased with the interest in this conference as
shown by potential authors, and have given several some extra time in order
to accommodate the busy season of paper writing. As such, we think it is
only fair to let other authors know that there is still time to get material
in to us for consideration. Anything that is in our hands by 1 December is
going to be evaluated. So if you hesitated before ... now is the time to
jump in! Please send us a heads up with your intentions, with your paper to
follow by the end of this month. We will be delighted to hear from you.

James M. Purtilo
General Chair
International Conference on Configurable Distributed Systems

                                                            CALL FOR PAPERS


                                                              May 4-6, 1998
                                                  Annapolis, Maryland, USA

                        Sponsored by the University of Maryland Institute for
                                                Advanced Computer Studies

ICCDS emphasizes both innovative research and quantified experience in
configurable distributed and parallel systems. The aim is to explore
on-line system configuration at levels of abstraction ranging from
operating system kernels and communication protocols, to operating-system
services, to application-level program functionality. We seek applications
that require on-line configuration in the distributed and parallel domains,
with configuration addressing the applications' performance, dependability,
and non-disruptive evolution requirements. We are interested in the
mechanisms required for capture of program state based on which
configuration decisions are made, as well as the mechanisms with which
configuration changes are carried out. We seek innovative research on
practical algorithms able to make on-line configuration decisions, as well
as research addressing the opportunities for and limitations of on-line
software configuration. We also encourage prospective authors to consider
the specification, design, management and maintenance aspects of configurable
distributed systems and software.

This ICCDS is the fourth in a series of workshops and conferences addressing
issues in configurable distributed systems. Topics of interest include:

                Operating system, tool and language support for system configuration
                Instrumentation and visualization of configurable systems
                Configuration and reconfiguration methods and algorithms
                Configuration and reconfiguration management
                Compiler-assisted reconfiguration techniques
                Reconfiguration in the presence of component failures
                Reconfiguration for long-term on-line software evolution
                Reconfiguration using active networking techniques
                Reconfiguration in novel application areas, including mobile
                            computing, real-time systems, mobile code, and electronic
                Techniques for managing very large scale configurations
                Specification and modelling of reconfigurable systems

Papers focusing on dynamic solutions are especially welcome. We also
invite submission of case studies documenting substantial experience
that can contribute to the understanding of configurable systems.
These papers should be identified as such by the author, and will
be reviewed based upon their potential for helping communicate `lessons
learned.' Proposals for panels addressing timely topics of interest
to the community are also invited.

Papers will be published in a proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society,
and will also be made available on the Web. In addition, as in
past years, we expect the best papers from the conference based on
feedback from participants to be selected to appear in a special issue
of a suitable journal.

Five copies of the complete paper should be submitted to either of the two
program chairs. Papers must be written in English, and should be no more
than twenty pages (double spaced) in length, including figures.
Electronic submission of Postscript by email is encouraged. For additional
information, contact either Robert Cole ( or Rick
Schlichting (

                                October 29th, 1997 Submission deadline
                                January 14th, 1998 Author notification
                                February 25th, 1998 Camera ready copy due

General Chair:
                                Jim Purtilo (U. of Maryland)
Program Co-chairs:
                                Robert Cole (Hewlett-Packard)
                                Rick Schlichting (U. of Arizona)

Program Committee:
              Judy Bishop, Pretoria
              Flaviu Cristian, UCSD
              Valerie Issarny, INRIA
              Doug Jensen, HP
              Rakesh Jha, Honeywell
              Jeff Kramer, Imperial College
              Jeff Magee,Imperial College
              Bruce Martin, Visigenic
              Naftaly Minsky, Rutgers
              Calton Pu, Oregon Graduate Institute
              Doug Schmidt, Washington Univ St. Louis
              Karsten Schwan, Georgia Tech
              Mark Segal, Bellcore
              Santosh Shrivastava, Newcastle,
              David Stotts, UNC
              Brent Welch, Sun Labs
              Elizabeth White, George Mason University

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