Call for Papers for First MIT Student Symposium on Computer Systems (SOCS)

December ??, 1996
NE43-518, Cambridge, MA, USA

Neena Lyall, MIT, General Chair
Frans Kaashoek, MIT, Program Chair

Students in 6.853 are required to submit papers to the First SOCS describing original research related to the design, implementation, and analysis of computer 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 papers critiquing prior work or continuing a significant research dialogue. We seek a broad conference of high relevance and high quality.

The field of operating systems is closely tied to other areas of computer science such as computer architecture, data communications, programming systems, and applications. The Symposium 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:
Multiprocessor systems Ubiquitous computing Performance tools and techniques
Languages and Programming Support for multimedia Transactional approaches
I/O and file systems Real-time systems Low Power OS
High-Performance systems Heterogeneous systems Mobile Computing
The architecture / OS interface Distributed systems System structure and organization
Communications Reliability Security

Blind reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee. Papers must use a typeface no smaller than 10 point, and be no longer than ten (10) 8.5x11 or A4 pages including everything (references, title page, appendices, etc.); the Program Chair will shred papers exceeding these limits. The title of the paper and the authors' names and addresses, and if possible, an e-mail address for the contact author, should appear on a cover sheet accompanying the paper. Authors must NOT be identified in the paper itself, either explicitly or by reference or acknowledgement.

Program Committee: Students and Staff in 6.853

Please send twenty copies of your paper (double sided if possible) to the Program Chair: Frans Kaashoek (

Deadline for receipt of submissions: December 4, 1996

Acceptance notification: December 11, 1996

Deadline for FTP-ready and camera-ready final papers: December TBA, 1996

* CFP follows CFP for the 15th SOSP