[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: DSN 2021, 51st IEEE/IFIP Dependable Systems and Networks, June 21 - June 24, 2021

Sy-Yen Kuo syyenkuo at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 20:23:53 CDT 2020

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DSN 2021

The 51st IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and

Taipei, Taiwan
June 21 – 24, 2021

Call for Papers
Important dates:
Dec. 4, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
Dec. 11, 2020: Paper submission deadline
Feb. 17 – 19, 2021: Author rebuttal period
Mar. 8, 2021: Notification to authors
The society today is increasingly dependent on the correct functioning of
computer systems, edge devices and networks for systems and services we use
every day, such as aviation, energy production & power grids,
intelligent/autonomous vehicles, medical devices & electronic health
records, and many others.

The Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and
Networks (DSN) is devoted to the mission of ensuring that the computing
systems and networks on which society relies are dependable and secure.

DSN, one of the longest running IEEE conferences organizing its 51st
edition in 2021, has pioneered the fusion between dependability and
security research under a common body of knowledge, understanding the need
to simultaneously fight against accidental faults, intentional
cyber-attacks, design errors, and unexpected operating conditions. Its
distinctive approach to both accidental and malicious faults made DSN the
most prestigious international forum for presenting research furthering
robustness and resilience of today’s wide spectrum of computing systems and

All aspects of the research and practice of dependability and applied
security are within the scope of DSN. Relevant topics include innovative
architectures, protocols, and algorithms, for preventing, detecting,
recovering, diagnosing or eliminating accidental and malicious threats as
well as experimentation with and assessment of dependable and secure
systems and networks.

Authors are invited to submit original papers on the current thematic areas
of DSN:

* Hardware (e.g., microprocessors, memories, system on chip, I/O devices,
storage systems, trusted computing)
* Software (e.g., applications, middleware, distributed algorithms,
operating systems, blockchains)
* Networks (e.g., wireless networks, mobility, software-defined networking,
edge computing, networks on chip, network security)
* Clouds (e.g., cloud storage, computing, platforms, applications, cloud
security and privacy)
* Cyber-physical systems (e.g., embedded systems, real-time control of
critical systems, internet of things, smart grid, automotive, aerospace,
railway, medical systems)
* Autonomous systems (e.g., resilient AI/Machine Learning based systems,
self-driving vehicles, autonomous robots, assured autonomy, explainable
decision making, acceptability)
* Models and methodologies for programming, evaluating, verifying, and
assessing dependable and secure systems (e.g., performance and
dependability evaluation, analytical and numerical methods, simulation,
experimentation, benchmarking, verification, field data analysis)

Information to authors
Innovative papers in other areas of dependable and secure systems and
networks will also be considered. Papers will be assessed with criteria
appropriate to each category. The conference favors work that explores new
territory, continues a significant research dialogue, or reflects on
experience with (or measurements of) state-of-the-art implementations.
Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness and

Research Papers, Practical Experience Reports, and Tool Descriptions will
be refereed and included in the Proceedings of the DSN 2021, if accepted.

All contributions must be written in English. IEEE Computer Society will
publish accepted contributions.

At least one author of every accepted paper is expected to register (as a
regular registration) for the conference and present the work.

Paper Categories
Submissions can be made in one of the following categories (authors are
required to indicate the category as part of the paper’s title).

Regular papers (11 pages): full paper describing research contribution,
including experimental work focused on implementation and evaluation of
existing techniques in the DSN thematic areas. Papers should clearly
describe a novel scientific contribution and a significant advancement of
the state of knowledge in DSN relevant topics. The paper should address a
significant problem with a compelling solution whose validity and practical
applicability are clearly discussed.

Practical experience reports (7 pages): a shorter paper describing
practitioner experiences or lessons learned applying tools and techniques
to real-world problems and systems, or based on the empirical analysis of
field data using a rigorous scientific approach. A paper on this category
is expected to show new insights and experiences informing the research and
practice of dependability and resilient computing. Contributions reporting
on industry practical experiences and lessons learned are highly
encouraged, including studies reporting negative results or challenges
about the practical applicability or scalability of research results in

Tool descriptions/demonstrations (7 pages): descriptions of the
architecture, implementation and usage of substantive tools to aid the
research and practice of dependability. A tool paper is expected to
describe and demonstrate the value that the tool brings to the
dependability community. Making the tool publicly available, whenever
possible, is strongly encouraged.

The number of pages indicated above includes everything *except the
references*: title page, text, figures, appendices, etc. Papers that exceed
the number of pages for that submission category will be rejected without

Independently of the paper category, we expect all papers to provide enough
detail to enable reproducibility of their experimental results and
encourage authors, whenever possible, to make both the software developed
in the experiments or datasets publicly available.

DSN 2021 will announce a Best Paper Award, attributed every year to the
best accepted scientific paper among all. Please check the relevant page on
the DSN website for additional details and other awards.

For more information, please visit the DSN web site
(http://dsn.org) or contact pc_chairs at dsn.org

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Alysson Bessani, Universidade de Lisboa
Giuliano Casale, Imperial College London

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