Call for Proposals
Birds of a Feather Session at DSN 2009

We are pleased to announce that the 2009 Dependable Systems and Networks Symposium (DSN 2009) will feature "Birds of a Feather" sessions.

A Birds of a Feather (BoF) session provides a gathering place and discussion forum for those interested in the same issues and concepts. BoFs can be organized for sharing ideas on specific topics, narrow or broad.

These are not workshops or sessions where people present papers, but open, "brainstorming" forums for attendees who want to get together with others to share their current interests, goals, technology, environment, or backgrounds.

BoFs are popular because of their interactive and flexible format and the fact that they offer attendees and technology experts an opportunity to interact at a peer level.

If you want to organize and run a Birds of a Feather session, please send a descriptive proposal to Bob Swarz, by 6th April.

Topics will be evaluated on the basis of their promise to engage a significant number of the conferences participants in a fruitful discussion. Possible examples include:

  1. Reliability and security of critical infrastructures, e.g., power grid
  2. Dependability opportunities and challenges associated with multi-core processors
  3. Reliability, performance, security tradeoffs with virtual machines
  4. Dependability issues in cloud computing
  5. Dependability issues in adaptive and autonomous computing
While we would welcome BoF organizers for the above topics, the purpose of this CFP is to ask you to propose topics around which a community of interested researchers would coalesce at DSN. We are explicitly not looking for marketing or recruiting sessions; however, commercial entities are encouraged to propose sessions on current technical issues.