Call for Papers

Twenty-First Annual ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on 

July 20th - 24th, 2002, Monterey, California

Click here to get a postscript copy of the call for papers.
Click here to get a PDF copy of the call for papers.


Submission deadline: February 3, 2002
Acceptance notification: April 9, 2002
Camera-ready copy due:  April 29, 2002


Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau U. Wisc. Madison
Michael Dahlin U. Texas Austin
Shlomi Dolev Ben-Gurion U.
Alan Fekete U. Sydney
Ian Foster Argonne & U. Chicago
Eli Gafni U. Calif. Los Angeles
Michael Greenwald U. Penn.
Rachid Guerraoui EPF Lausanne
Prasad Jayanti Dartmouth
Idit Keidar MIT & Technion
Ajay Kshemkalyani U. Illinois Chicago
Keith Marzullo U. Calif. San Diego, Chair
Michael Mitzenmacher Harvard
Sergio Rajsbaum Compaq & UNAM
Michael Reiter CMU
Aleta Ricciardi Valaran Corp.
Alex Shvartsman U. Connecticut
Marvin Theimer Microsoft Research
Yi-Min Wang Microsoft Research
Roger Wattenhofer ETH Zurich
Jeannette Wing CMU


Elizabeth Borowsky  Boston Coll., Treasurer
Rajeev Joshi Compaq SRC, Local Arrangements Chair
Hyunyoung Lee U. Denver, Publicity Chair
Keith Marzullo U. Calif. San Diego, Program Chair
Gil Neiger Intel Labs, Webmaster
Aleta Ricciardi Valaran Corp., General Chair


James Anderson U. North Carolina
Elizabeth Borowsky  Boston Coll.
Keith Marzullo U. Calif. San Diego
Yoram Moses Technion
Gil Neiger Intel Labs, Chair
Aleta Ricciardi Valaran Corp.
Nir Shavit Tel-Aviv U. & Sun Labs


Electronic submissions are encouraged; information on how to to submit electronically are available at  Authors unable to submit electronically should contact the program chair, Keith Marzullo, by email,, to receive instructions.


We are soliciting research contributions on the design, specification, implementation, application and theory of distributed
systems.  We are continuing to broaden the conference by actively seeking papers reporting on the implementation, analysis,
evaluation, and deployment of real systems.  We will favor work that explores new territory or reflects on experience with practical applications of the community's knowledge.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Conference presentations will have two formats:


All electronic submissions must be in postscript, and capable of being previewed by ghostview. The cover page should include

  1. title,
  2. authors and affiliation,
  3. postal and e-mail address of the contact author,
  4. a brief abstract describing the work, and
  5. at the bottom of the brief abstract, in boldface, an indication of non-student or student status, and
  6. an indication if this is a regular presentation or brief announcement.
It is recommended that each submission begin with a succinct statement of the problem, summary of the main results, and a brief explanation of their significance, all suitable for a non-specialist.  Technical development of the work, directed to the specialist, should follow.

A submission for the REGULAR PRESENTATION format should be no longer than 4,500 words (10 pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font).  Additional necessary details may be included in a clearly marked appendix that will be read at the discretion of the program committee.

A submission for the BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT format should be no longer than three pages.  Authors of accepted brief announcements will have the option of placing a full version of their work on the conference web site.

If requested by the authors, an extended abstract that is not selected for a regular presentation will also be considered for the brief announcement format.  Such a request will not affect consideration of the paper for a regular presentation.

Extended abstracts deviating significantly from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration of their merits.  Late papers will not be read or considered.


A prize will be given to the best student paper.  A paper is eligible if at least one author is a full-time student at the time of submission.  This must be noted on the cover page.  The program committee may decline to make the award or split it.

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