The 17th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems will bring together researchers and practitioners in computer systems to engage in a lively discussion on the principles and practices of building systems software. Continuing the HotOS tradition, participants will present new ideas and debate future research agendas in systems research.

We solicit position papers that propose new directions of systems research, advocate innovative approaches to long-standing problems, or report on deep insights gained from experience with real-world systems. We seek early-stage work, where the authors can benefit from community feedback. An ideal submission has the potential to open a line of inquiry for the community that results in multiple conference papers in related venues, rather than a single follow-on conference paper. The program committee will explicitly favor early work and papers likely to stimulate reflection and discussion over mature ideas on the verge of conference publication.

HotOS takes a broad view of systems research. This includes operating systems, storage, distributed systems, mobile and embedded systems, virtualization, programming languages, networking, security, dependability, and manageability, as well as new systems contributions influenced by other fields such as hardware design, machine learning, verification, economics, social organization, and biological or other nontraditional computing systems.

Paper Submission Instructions

Position papers must be received by the paper submission deadline mentioned above. This is a hard deadline, and no extensions will be granted.

Submissions must be no longer than 5 pages including figures and tables, plus as many pages as needed for references. Text should be formatted in two columns on 8.5 x 11-inch paper using 10-point Times-Roman font on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, 1-inch margins, and a 0.25-inch gutter (separation between the columns). The title, author names, affiliations, and an abstract should appear on the first page. Pages should be numbered. Figures and tables should not require magnification for viewing; they may contain color, but should be legible when printed or displayed in black and white. Submissions not meeting these criteria will be rejected without review, and no deadline extensions will be granted for reformatting. Papers should be submitted as PDF files via the web submission form.

Revised versions of all accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. After the workshop, accepted papers will be made available on the workshop site, along with slides of the presentation, and a summary of the discussion at the workshop. Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. ACM, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committee them. See the ACM plagiarism policy and procedures for details.

Registration Information

To ensure a vigorous workshop, attendance is by invitation only. Authors will be invited based on their submission’s originality, topical relevance, technical merit, and likelihood of leading to insightful technical discussions that will influence future systems research.

The registration to the workshop includes the accommodation for the duration of the conference (3 nights-May 12th, 13th, and 14th) in a single room in the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro (the ancient castle of Bertinoro) and corresponding breakfasts and lunches, the Welcome Dinner, the Banquet Dinner and 1 Dinner at a typical local restaurant. The fee also includes the guided excursion to Ravenna (bus, English guide, entrance tickets) and free WiFi around the inside and the outside areas of the Workshop location.

The attendees that would like to extend their stay in Bertinoro out of the conference duration period, i.e., either before May 12 or after May 14, will need to make an additional booking on their own with the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro at the expense of 50 euro/night that will be payed at the centre. To do so, please contact the centre's office at rpartisani@ceub.it.

Guests need to be aware that 24h reception is only guaranteed on the first day of the Workshop, May 12th. Therefore, please use the rpartisani@ceub.it email address to communicate your date and hour of arrival if different than May 12, and arrange the check-in time.

For any further question you can contact the general chairs at mirco.marchetti@unimore.it and stefa@di.uniroma1.it .