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:

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:


* 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 -
Steven A. DuChene,
Dan Ferber, SGI -
Michael Fitzmaurice, Northrup/Grummund -
Jon "maddog" Hall, Linux International -
Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory -
Matt L. Leininger, Sandia National Laboratory -
Alain Roy, University of Wisconsin-Madison -
Jennifer Schopf, Argonne National Laboratory -
Mitchel Williams - Sandia National Laboratory -

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, 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.
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