Call For Papers

Eighteenth Annual ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC '99)

Atlanta, GA, USA, May 4-6, 1999
To be held as part of FCRC, April 29 - May 6, 1999

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

Important, much earlier than usual, dates

Scope and format

Research contributions to the theory, design, specification, implementation or application of distributed systems are solicited. Papers describing algorithmic issues encountered in development of experimental or commercial systems are especially encouraged. This year PODC especially encourages papers addressing distributed computing issues regarding Mobile Computing and the Internet. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Conference presentations will have two formats:

How to submit

Authors are invited to electronically submit their extended abstracts or brief announcements. Authors unable to submit electronically should contact the program chair, Jennifer Welch, by email, , or phone, 1-409-845-5076, to receive instructions.

Submissions format

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

  1. title,
  2. authors and affiliations,
  3. postal and e-mail address of the contact author,
  4. indication of the format(s) to which the paper is submitted (regular presentation or brief announcement), and
  5. a brief abstract describing the work.

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). If the authors believe that more details are essential to substantiate the main claims of the paper, they may include a clearly marked appendix that will be read at the discretion of the program committee. Extended abstracts deviating significantly from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration of their merits. Late papers will not be read or considered.

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 a WWW site for the conference. If requested by the authors in the cover letter, 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.

New this year 

PODC '99 will be part of the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC '99). As a result, the dates for PODC '99 are quite different from the dates for previous PODCs.

Brief announcements will be presented in poster sessions. Full versions of brief announcement papers are not mandatory.

Best student paper award

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

Program committee

Steering and conference committee

Maintained by Gil Neiger (