Fifth Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability
(HotDep 2009)

Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal
June 29th, 2009

Program Co-Chairs

Christof Fetzer
TU Dresden
Dresden, Germany

Rodrigo Rodrigues
Saarbrücken, Germany



Marcos Aguilera
Microsoft Research, USA

Elmootazbellah Elnozahy

Pascal Felber,
University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Ashvin Goel
University of Toronto, Canada

Flavio Junqueira
Yahoo Research Barcelona, Spain

Emre Kiciman
Microsoft Research, USA

Ethan Miller
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Shan Lu
University of Wisconsin, USA

Christopher Stewart
University of Rochester, USA

Lidong Zhou
Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China



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Authors are invited to submit position papers to the Fifth Workshop on Hot Topics in System Dependability (HotDep'09). HotDep'09 brings forth cutting-edge research ideas in fault tolerance, reliability and systems. This year’s HotDep will focus on critical components of the computing infrastructure: operating systems, networking, security, cloud computing, and language design.

We seek 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 of a maximum length of 5 pages should preferably fall into one of the following categories:

·   describing new techniques, algorithms, or protocols for building dependable systems that represent advances over prior options or might open new directions meriting further study

·   revisiting old open problems in the domain using novel approaches that yield demonstrable benefits

·   debunking an old, entrenched perspective on dependability

·   articulating a brand-new perspective on existing problems in dependability

·   describing 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 work that is supported by some evidence of feasibility (e.g., preliminary experiments) or that includes other forms of validation.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

·        automated failure management, which enables systems to adapt on the fly to normal load changes or exceptional conditions

·        techniques for better detection, diagnosis, or recovery from failures

·        techniques for avoiding or masking failure or system intrusion

·        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 web service)

·        tools/concepts/techniques for optimizing tradeoffs among availability, performance, correctness, and security

·        novel uses of technologies not originally intended for dependability


Authors are invited to submit position papers by 11:59 p.m. GMT on March 23, 2009. This is a firm deadline—no extensions will be given.

Submitted position papers must be 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.

Papers must be in PDF format and must be submitted via the Web submission form accessible via http://www.dsn.org/hotdep/papers/.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 20, 2009. Authors of accepted papers will produce a final version by May 11, 2009. All papers will be available online to attendees prior to the workshop and will be published electronically in Vol.2 of the Proceedings of DSN'09.

In addition to citing relevant prior work, authors must relate their HotDep submissions to relevant submissions of their own that are published or simultaneously under review for this or other venues.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets our guidelines should contact the program co-chairs, hotdep09chairs@se.inf.tu-dresden.de. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication in the Proceedings.

Program and Registration Materials: Complete HotDep’09 program and registration information will be available in May 2009 via www.hotdep.org and www.dsn.org.

Important Dates:


Submission deadline:

March 23th, 2009

Author notification:

April 20th, 2009

Camera ready version:  

May 11th, 2009


June 29th, 2009


Workshop location and registration: DSN 2009 web page
Full program of the DSN 2009 Conference: DSN program
HotDep 2009 program: HotDep2009 program

For any further information or question, please contact hotdep09chairs@se.inf.tu-dresden.de

Last updated May 27th, 2009