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Dependable Systems and Networks

The International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks
Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy, June 28 - July 1, 2004 

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E.N. (Mootaz) Elnozahy <mootaz@us.ibm.com>
IBM Austin Research Lab,
11501 Burnet Rd., M/S 904-6C-020,
Austin, TX 78758, USA
Tel.: (+1) 512-823-6738
Fax: (+1) 305-402-2432

We invite original papers and other contributions reporting research and practical results covering all aspects of computer-system dependability, but very specially: autonomic computing, dependable HW and SW architecture; distributed systems architectures and protocols; algorithms, including cryptographic; networking; and rigorous design and verification. In addition to the traditional areas of emphasis, we encourage papers submitted in emerging fields. Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Dependability in VLSI
  • Distributed Systems
  • E-commerce Dependability
  • Fault Tolerance
  • High-Speed Networks and Protocols
  • Industrial Applications and Automotives
  • Information Assurance and Survivability
  • Intrusion Tolerance
  • Internet Dependability, Quality of Service and Adaptability
  • Mobile Systems
  • Multimedia Systems
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Safety-Critical Systems
  • Security Policy, Protection and Access Control
  • Software and System Reliability
  • Software Testing, Validation, and Verification
  • Storage Systems
  • Supercomputing and High-end Computing Systems
  • System Dependability Modeling and Prediction
  • System Management and Self-managed Systems
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Transaction Processing

Information for Authors

Manuscripts in the following categories will be refereed and considered for publication in the Proceedings of the 2004 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks. Excessively long submissions, unoriginal work, or work that is submitted to multiple venues will be disregarded. Please submit in any of the following categories by December 10, 2003:
  • Regular Papers describing recent research results.
  • Practical Experience Reports describing an experience or a case study.
  • Software and System Demonstrations describing the software or the system, its context and objective, and the planned demonstration. Optionally, authors may additionally send video recordings of their proposed demonstration.
  • Panels, including the proposed topic(s), a description of the panel objectives, and the names and addresses of probable panelists.
The title page should include the title of the paper, author name(s), affiliations, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address, a maximum 150-word abstract, five keywords (to help with referee assignment), the submission category (see above), an approximate word count, and a declaration that the material has been cleared through author affiliations. For multi-authored submissions, the contact author should be indicated.
The format of submissions for review should be single-column, Times 11-point size, double-spaced:
  • 20 pages for Regular Papers (equivalent to 10 IEEE conference pages),
  • 12 pages for Practical Experience Reports and Software and System demonstrations (equivalent to 6 IEEE conference pages),
  • 4 pages (equivalent to 2 IEEE conference pages), plus biographical sketch for Panels.
The format for final, camera-ready submissions that have been accepted for publication should be in accordance with IEEE stan-dard conference paper format.

Submit all materials in electronic form through the web to:  http://www.dsn.org

Format: Portable Document Format (.pdf) files

Please preview the manuscript in a viewer such as Acrobat to ensure its integrity before submitting it. Make sure you visually check uncommon fonts, symbols, equations, etc. A defective print can undermine your chances of success.  For those who are unable to submit materials electronically or cannot generate .pdf files, please contact the program chair for special instructions.



  • informative data including abstract: December 10, 2003, 18:00 GMT
  • full paper: December 17, 2003, 18:00 GMT
Notification: February   23, 2004


The William C. Carter Award is presented annually since 1997 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of dependable computing through his or her graduate dissertation research. The award honors the late William C. Carter, a key figure in the formation and development of the field of dependable computing. The award is sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing (TC-FTC) and IFIP Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (WG 10.4). To qualify, a paper based on the student’s dissertation must have been submitted to the DCC Symposium within DSN as a regular paper with the student as the first author. Both current and former graduate students, no more than two years past completion of their dissertations, are eligible. A dissertation advisor wishing to nominate a student should make an application. All Carter Award submissions accepted as regular papers to the DCC Symposium are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Conference.

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