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FAST 2010 : 8th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies


Conference Series : File and Storage Technologies
When Jan 23, 2010 - Jan 26, 2010
Where San Jose, CA, USA
Submission Deadline Sep 10, 2009
Notification Due Nov 6, 2009
Final Version Due Jan 6, 2010

Call For Papers

8th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '10)

February 23–26, 2010
San Jose, CA

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, in cooperation with ACM SIGOPS, IEEE Mass Storage Systems Technical Committee (MSSTC), and IEEE TCOS

Important Dates

* Paper submissions deadline: September 10, 2009, 11:59 p.m. EDT
* Notification of acceptance: November 6, 2009
* Final papers due: January 6, 2010
* Work-in-Progress Reports/Poster Session proposals due: January 29, 2010

Conference Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
Randal Burns, Johns Hopkins University
Kimberly Keeton, Hewlett-Packard Labs

Program Committee
Patrick Eaton, EMC
Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
Gary Grider, Los Alamos National Lab
Ajay Gulati, VMware
Sudhanva Gurumurthi, University of Virginia
Dushyanth Narayanan, Microsoft Research
Jason Nieh, Columbia University
Christopher Olston, Yahoo! Research
Hugo Patterson, Data Domain
Beth Plale, Indiana University
James Plank, University of Tennessee
Erik Riedel, Seagate
Alma Riska, Seagate
Steve Schlosser, Avere Systems
Bianca Schroeder, University of Toronto
Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Craig Soules, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Alan Sussman, University of Maryland
Kaladhar Voruganti, NetApp
Hakim Weatherspoon, Cornell University
Brent Welch, Panasas
Ric Wheeler, Red Hat
YuanYuan Zhou, University of California, San Diego

Steering Committee
Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mary Baker, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Garth Gibson, Carnegie Mellon University and Panasas
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Darrell Long, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jai Menon, IBM Research
Erik Riedel, Seagate
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research
Ric Wheeler, Red Hat
John Wilkes, Google
Ellie Young, USENIX Association


The 8th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '10) brings together storage system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems. The conference will consist of two and a half days of technical presentations, including refereed papers, Work-in-Progress reports, and a poster session.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Archival storage systems
* Auditability and provenance
* Caching, replication, and consistency
* Cloud storage
* Data-intensive applications
* Database storage
* Designs with solid state devices
* Distributed I/O (wide-area, grid, peer-to-peer)
* Empirical evaluation of storage systems
* Experience with deployed systems
* File system design
* Mobile and personal storage
* Parallel I/O
* Power-aware storage architectures
* Reliability, availability, and disaster tolerance
* Search and data retrieval
* Storage management
* Storage networking
* Storage security
* Virtualization
* Web 2.0 storage infrastructure

Deadline and Submission Instructions

Submissions must be made electronically via a Web form, which will be available here soon. The Web form asks for contact information for the paper and allows for the submission of your full paper file in PDF format. Please do not email submissions.

Submissions must be full papers (no extended abstracts) and must be no longer than twelve (12) pages, excluding references. Your paper should be typeset in two-column format in 10 point type on 12 point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Submissions longer than this will not be reviewed.

All submissions must be readable in black and white. Please take care not to produce graphs or charts in color.

Authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Blind reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, assisted by outside referees. Accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In some cases, program committees may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. If a violation of these principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions, and publicizing the details of the case.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines should contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

All papers will be available online to registered attendees prior to the conference and will be available online to everyone starting on February 24, 2010.

If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify

If the conference registration will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact

Best Paper Awards

Awards will be given for the best paper(s) at the conference.

Work-in-Progress Reports and Poster Session

The FAST technical sessions will include slots for Work-in-Progress Reports presenting preliminary results and "outrageous" opinion statements and for a poster session. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. Please send WiP submissions to

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs will be held in the evening. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by emailing the Conference Department at BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Tutorial Sessions

Tutorial sessions will be held before the main conference. Please send tutorial proposals to

Registration Materials

Complete program and registration information will be available in November 2009 on the conference Web site. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX conference information, please join our mailing list.

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