Third Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability (HotDep'07)
26 June 2007
Edinburgh, UK
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HotDep'07 will be part of the 2007 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2007, 25-28 June 2007), in Edinburgh, UK. HotDep'07 is co-sponsored by USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association.

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions due: 15 February 2007 23:59 GMT (3:59pm PST) This is a firm deadline: no extensions will be given.  For the current GMT time, see the World Clock.
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2007
  • Final papers due: 4 May 2007
  • Workshop: 26 June 2007

Workshop Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
Miguel Castro, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
John Wilkes, Hewlett-Packard Labs

Program Committee
Marcos K. Aguilera, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas at Austin
Paul Barham, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Garth Gibson, Carnegie Mellon University
Anne-Marie Kermarrec, INRIA, Rennes
Petros Maniatis, Intel Research
Armando Fox, University of California, Berkeley
Ashvin Goel, University of Toronto
Rick Schlichting,  AT&T Labs
Paulo Verissimo, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Yuanyuan Zhou, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Willy Zwaenepoel, EPFL, Lausanne

Steering Committee Chair
George Candea, EPFL, Lausanne

Authors are invited to submit position papers to the Third Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability (HotDep'07). The workshop will be part of the 2007 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2007, 25-28 June 2007), in Edinburgh, UK. 

The goals of HotDep'07 are to bring forth cutting-edge research ideas spanning the domains of fault tolerance/reliability and systems, and to build linkages between the two communities (e.g., between people who attend traditional "dependability" conferences such as DSN and ISSRE, and those who attend "systems" conferences such as OSDI, SOSP, and EuroSys). Previous HotDep workshop programs are available at

HotDep'07 will center on critical components of the infrastructures touching our everyday lives: operating systems, networking, security, wide-area and enterprise-scale distributed systems, mobile computing, compilers, and language design. We seek participation and contributions from both academic researchers and industry practitioners to achieve a mix of long-range research vision and technology ideas anchored in immediate reality.

Position papers (maximum length of 5 pages) should preferably do one of the following:

  • describe a novel approach to an old problem
  • debunk an old, entrenched perspective on dependability
  • articulate a brand-new perspective on existing problems in dependability
  • describe an emerging problem (and, possibly, a solution) that must be addressed by the dependable-systems research community
The program committee will favor papers that are likely to generate healthy debate at the workshop, and ones that might open up new, interesting directions.  We recognize that many ideas will not be 100% fleshed out and/or entirely backed up by quantitative measurements, but papers that lack credible motivation and some evidence of plausibility are likely to be rejected.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • automated failure management, enabling systems to adapt on the fly to changes or exceptional conditions
  • techniques for better detection, diagnosis, or recovery from failures
  • forensic tools for use by administrators and programmers after a failure or attack
  • techniques and metrics for quantifying aspects of dependability in specific domains (e.g., measuring the security, scalability, responsiveness, or other properties of a software service)
  • tools/concepts/techniques for optimizing tradeoffs among availability, performance, correctness, and security
  • novel uses of technologies not originally intended for dependability (e.g., using virtual machines to enhance dependability)
  • advances in the automation of management technologies, such as better ways to specify management policy, advances on mechanisms for carrying out policies, or insights into how policies can be combined or validated

Submission Instructions
Authors are invited to submit position papers that are no longer than 5 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references; two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading; and a text block 6.5" wide x 9" deep. Author names and affiliations should appear on the title page.

Except as noted below, submissions will be treated with strict confidentiality during the reviewing process.

Authors should not submit work that is substantially similar to work that is currently under review in other venues. The program committee may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure conformance to this.  Any authors who are uncertain whether their submission meets these guidelines are welcome to contact the program chairs, at

Papers must be submitted online using the Conference Management Toolkit.

Note: there have been some reports of problems authenticating the submission site with some browsers. If you experience such problems, accept the site certificate permanently to be able to use the site. This certificate is issued by Microsoft Secure Server Authority to and has a SHA-1 fingerprint of 69:06:6C:DA:5A:57:F6:29:B6:20:F5:DC:9B:AA:4A:AD:88:B4:A7:AE

Accepted papers
Authors of accepted papers will be asked to produce a final PDF and the equivale
nt HTML. Both will be published online at the workshop web site one month prior to the workshop. Accepted papers will also be printed in a supplemental volume to the DSN proceedings.

Accepted papers will be put into one of two categories: hot papers and hot talks. The former will be granted more pages in the proceedings, and more time to present their work.  Both kinds of papers will be published on the web site and the proceedings.  In addition, authors of both kinds of accepted papers will be asked to prepare a poster for the workshop.