Announcement and Call for Papers

Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems (HotStorage’09)



HotStorage will be held in conjunction with SOSP’09 on Sunday October 11th, 2009 in Big Sky Resort Big Sky, MT.


Technical program


Call for papers in PDF here


ACM SIGOPS In Cooperation with USENIXSubmission site:


Important dates                                      

Paper submission: June 22nd 2009 (5pm PDT)              

HPLabs_Exp_Blue638.jpgNotification: July 27th 2009   August 3rd 2009                  

Camera ready due: August 30th 2009 September 10th  17th 2009 (see formatting below)

Workshop date: October 11th, 2009


Workshop organizers       

PC chair

Erik Riedel, EMC, Boston

msr.pngProgram committee

Richard Golding, IBM Research, Almaden

Kim Keeton, HP Labs, Palo Alto

Ethan Miller, UCSC, Santa Cruz

Dushyanth Narayanan*, MSR Cambridge, UK

Brian Noble, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Jiri Schindler, NetApp, Boston

Steve Schlosser, Avere Systems, Pittsburgh

Eno Thereska*, MSR Cambridge, UK

Andrew Warfield, University of British Columbia



The workshop will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of file and storage systems design. The increasing volume and variety of digital data, the emergence of new technologies such as solid-state storage, and the need for storage in new environments ranging from mobile devices to mega-scale data centers, make this area both important and challenging.



We expect submissions to advocate fresh, non-traditional approaches to advancing the state of the art in file and storage systems design. Ideas presented in the workshop are expected to eventually lead to papers in top-tier conferences in the field, such as FAST, OSDI, or SOSP. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, new ideas in:

·        Storage at home

·        Search and data retrieval

·        Storage management

·        Storage security

·        Mobile storage

·        Cloud storage

·        Cluster and data center storage architectures

·        Storage for sensor networks

·        Storage for embedded systems

·        Solid-state storage

·        Archival storage


Submission and logistics

The workshop will last for one day, which will include presentation of accepted papers as well as a panel discussion. Paper submissions are limited to 5 pages and should include author names and affiliations (i.e., single-blind). The papers should have the same style as SOSP submissions, and adhere to identical policies on copyright, plagiarism and multiple-venue submissions as SOSP. Each accepted paper will be assigned a shepherd who will condense the paper’s reviews into a single public review. Accepted papers and their public reviews will be made available online. Interesting comments during the presentations and panel discussion will be captured using an online blog.



Paper formatting instructions for authors

The final submissions should include both an Acrobat PDF file and the original source following the ACM Proceedings format. If you do not use an official ACM Proceedings template, please do adhere to the following guidelines:

       • Use a two-column, U.S. letter-size (8.5" x 11") document format.

       • No headers, footers, or page numbers.

       • Use a 0.75-inch margin everywhere.

       • For the basic text content, use a 9-point font size.

       • All fonts must be Type 1 or 3 PostScript fonts from the Latin 1 Fontset.

       • Do not use TrueType, bitmapped, or Ryumin fonts.

       • No superfluous white-space.

       • Use appropriately sized images (clearly legible, and no larger than necessary).

       • Please leave space for the ACM copyright notice on the right-hand, first, column. The ACM template does that by default.








* Please contact general chairs {dnarayan,etheres} with any questions.