List: beowulf-announce Subject: [Beowulf-announce] Call for Papers: USENIX Beowulf/NUMA/GRID/Extreme Linux Track From: Jon maddog Hall <maddog () li ! org> Date: 2003-12-03 19:04:33 Extreme Linux will be a one day special interest track hosted as part of the 2004 USENIX Annual Technical Conference in Boston (June 27 through July 2, 2004). The focus of Extreme Linux, as the name implies, will be on the use of SMP programming, Beowulf systems, NUMA machines, Hybrids (using both MPI and OpenMP), Superclusters, High Availability/Throughput and the Grid We are soliciting proposals for presentations and tutorials covering any of the following topics: * How to build and balance any of the above systems * Software for running and managing them * Application Development libraries, tools and techniques * Hardware interconnects * Case studies in both scientific and commercial applications * Organization issues: Extreme Linux Users Groups * Applications which show off the power of Linux-based superclusters * Case Studies (short 10-15 minute case studies encouraged) * Teaching/training techniques/programs for Extreme Linux So as you can see, while we welcome research papers, we also welcome talks that show "how to" and supercluster success stories that might inspire others to try these techniques. We would like to see a couple of tutorials planned. We foresee the tutorials as (perhaps) one day on building/installing/managing a Beowulf system and another one-day tutorial on programming a Beowulf system, with emphasis on decomposing the problem. Tutorials on high-availability clusters and Grid computing administration, tools and programming are also welcome. Proposals for "Bird of a Feather" sessions are also welcome. Submission guidelines: In order to judge a proposal, we are requesting a submission of a 2-3 page extended abstract of the proposed presentation. These abstracts must be submitted by December 16, 2003 to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org While formal papers are requested, they are not required; in lieu of papers, camera-ready copies of the slides to be used in the presentation may be submitted by May 4, 2004. Formatting guidelines for papers may be found at: http://www.usenix.org/events/usenix04/freenixsubmit.html. IMPORTANT DATES: * Proposals due: December 16, 2003, 11:59 p.m. EST * Notification to authors: February 4, 2004 * Camera-ready papers due: May 4, 2004 Extreme Linux Program Committee Peter Beckman, Argonne National Laboratory - email@example.com Steven A. DuChene, firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Ferber, SGI - email@example.com Michael Fitzmaurice, Northrup/Grummund - firstname.lastname@example.org Jon "maddog" Hall, Linux International - email@example.com Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - firstname.lastname@example.org Matt L. Leininger, Sandia National Laboratory - email@example.com Alain Roy, University of Wisconsin-Madison - firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer Schopf, Argonne National Laboratory - email@example.com Mitchel Williams - Sandia National Laboratory - firstname.lastname@example.org For those people who are interested in submitting a tutorial proposal, here are the guidelines for doing that: Call for Tutorial Proposals In an effort to continue to provide the best possible tutorials to its membership, the USENIX Association is soliciting proposals for future new tutorials (a policy statement concerning the USENIX association is at the end of this post). The tutorial proposals can cover any subject, ranging from intro to advanced materials, although one should avoid overly introductory materials (so a one day tutorial on "Introduction to C Programming" is not what we are usually looking for). Previous conferences have included tutorials on such diverse topics as UNIX Network Programming, Java Security, Topics in System Administration, Multi-threaded Programming, Unix Kernel Internals, Performance Tuning & Monitoring, and Software Contracts & Intellectual Property, among many others. In general, we like to categorize our tutorials as "Introductory tutorials for advanced people", but some are "Advanced tutorials for advanced people". Tutorial instructors are remunerated for their presentations, and have their registration and reasonable expenses paid for. Tutorials usually run for a full day (6 hours of class time plus morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks), although the smaller symposia and the LISA conference also have half day (3 hour) tutorials. A proposal should include a statement of what you want to teach, and a coherent outline to your tutorial (not simply a list of what you want to cover, but the order in which you want to cover it, with an estimate on the amount of time for each subject). Because a full-day tutorial lasts on the order of 6 hours, we need to know that you can comfortably fill that time, but not overfill it (i.e., that you won't suddenly discover at 4:30 that you have another 3 hours of slides left to present). Knowing in advance that you'll run until 6pm is fine, so long as you wanr your students a head of time. Running until 7pm, though, alomost guarantees that you will have unhappy students. If you have any supplementary materials to distribute (e.g., copies of papers, shell, Tcl, or Perl scripts, source code, illustrations, etc.), give an indication of the volume of supplementary material, and a rough count of the number of slides you will be presenting during class. (Historically, a typical tutorial has between 75-200 slides, optionally with up to 200 pages of supplementary material). If possible, include a couple of sample slides (one with text, one with a graphic) with your proposal. If you have a complete or draft course already done, a copy of the current materials would be useful. We also need to know if you will be presenting or distributing any source code. If so, is it copyrighted by someone other than you? If you do not hold the copyright, you must be able to demonstrate that you have permission to use this material (we want to avoid requiring course attendees to have a source license). Because the USENIX tutorials fall outside of the "fair use" clause of the U.S. copyright code, the same rules apply for supplementary papers or reports. Finally, your proposal should also include a summary of your previous teaching or lecturing experience, as well as a couple of references (that is, one or two people who have seen you teach that we can contact). These may be your students, supervisors, or colleagues. Remember, this is just a proposal, so nothing you submit will cast in concrete. You may later decide to change some ordering of materials, or we may suggest some changes. You needn't worry about getting it perfect the first time around. What we are trying to do is get a very solid feel for what you are offering. You must sweat out some of the details, but needn't go too crazy over them. All tutorial proposals are kept in mind when the tutorial program is chosen for a major USENIX conference or for one of our smaller workshops or symposia. If you feel that your proposal would be especially suited for a particular venue, please note that in your cover letter. Please send your proposals to email@example.com, or by physical mail to: Daniel Klein USENIX Tutorial Coordinator 5606 Northumberland Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1238 Be sure to include an electronic and physical address and a phone number. All proposals will be acknowledged upon receipt. - - -------------------------------------------------------------------------- USENIX, the UNIX and Advanced Computing Systems professional and technical organization, is a not-for-profit association dedicated to * fostering innovation and communicating research and technological developments, * sharing ideas and experience, relevant to UNIX, UNIX-related and advanced computing systems * providing a forum for the exercise of critical thought and airing of technical issues. Founded in 1975, the Association sponsors two annual technical conferences, a once-a-year vendor exhibition, and frequent symposia and workshops addressing special interest topics. 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