Here is the text for the front-matter for the SOSP proceedings (the stuff that comes before the actual papers.) The HTML below as all the same data, but formatted differently. To see how it really looks, grab the postscript, or Word 7.0 (set your browser's helper app for "application/ms-word").
(If someone wants to hack the html here to look more like the proceedings by using tables and font size changes and such, I'll gladly incorporate the result.)
General Chair: John K. Bennett, Rice
Program Chair: Mark Weiser, Xerox PARC
Registration/Publicity: Mandy Nevin, Rice
Publications: Sandhya Dwarkadas, Rice
Treasurer: Alan L. Cox, Rice
Poster Session: Frans Kaashoek, MIT
CD ROM: Andrew Birrell, DEC SRC
Work-In-Progress: Michael B. Jones, Microsoft Research
Mary Baker, Stanford
Andrew Birrell, DEC SRC
Andrew Black, Oregon Graduate Institute
Deborah Estrin, USC
Michael B. Jones, Microsoft Research
Frans Kaashoek, MIT
Sacha Krakowiak, Bull-IMAG & U Grenoble
Hank Levy, U Washington
Greg Minshall, Ipsilon Networks
David Nichols, Xerox PARC
John Ousterhout, Sun Microsystems
Susan Owicki, independent consultant
Margo Seltzer, Harvard
Mark Weiser, Xerox PARC
Creating an SOSP program consists of at least the following steps: pick a program chair, pick a balanced committee of outstanding scientists, refine the call-for-papers, read the papers, write comments about the papers, review the comments, rank the papers, meet to refine the reviews and rankings, choose the papers, choose TOCS recommendations, choose posters, conduct shepherding, receive final papers and organize proceedings. Each committee member read all submitted papers, and the committee together wrote more than 250 pages of 9pt single-space 2-column comments about the 84 submitted papers. These comments were our guide to discussion and selection, and were also sent back to the authors of each paper so that all could learn. (Several authors thanked the committee for the unusually detailed feedback.) During the committee meeting itself we had these comments in front of us, and we also used a wall-sized poster of information about the papers to help reach consensus.
The most incredible part of reading these 84 SOSP papers is how interesting they all were! We had almost no poor papers, and reading all 84 is a lot of fun and leads to a feeling of, for a few moments, really being on top of the O.S. field.
These papers were so excellent that we recommended four papers for publication in the ACM Transactions on Computing Systems, and we extended our program of 22 papers with 8 additional posters to be presented only to attendees.
I hate to always do the same old thing, and yet SOSP is not broken. I made only a few small changes:
I continued the fifteen year tradition of asking all committee members to read all papers. We again have a Work-In-Progress session, organized by Mike Jones, and a debate, organized by Mary Baker. And of course the conference tradition of animated conversation, sometimes long into the night, will continue.
It is my fond wish that all future SOSP's are online, publish a CDROM, and include large amounts of source code that enable independent researchers to verify and surpass SOSP results.
This may be the last SOSP to use so much paper. Although I had a few requests from authors who wanted to mail me the Postscript of their papers, my experience is that Postscript does not work for universal printing exchange without the occasional intervention of a human. I don't know how many times colleagues have mailed me Postscript, only to have it break on a local printer because their word processing software generates Postscript with imbedded 68000 binary instructions, assumes strange fonts, or otherwise is broken. I did not want to be responsible for the hand fixing and verification of 84 papers.
This year I put the final proceedings together in the traditional way: starting with the final hardcopy from authors, then adding the front matter (e.g. this "foreword"), writing page numbers in pencil on the back of each sheet, and forwarding the resulting stack of papers to ACM for copyright notices and printing. (Something new: all authors got to review the draft front-matter on the web and make corrections before I sent it to ACM). I would have been willing to work with 22 papers of Postscript and handle the whole thing electronically, but it would certainly have been more work than the paper method. The benefit would have been more uniform, and in many cases higher quality, output.
Perhaps by SOSP '97 these problems will be solved, or a more energetic program chair will have the energy to go the last 10%.
It has been a pleasure working with the general chair, John Bennett, who helped set the pace and whose arrangements I look forward to enjoying. Many people emailed me with helpful SOSP suggestions; past SIGOPS Chair Hank Levy, and past SOSP chairs Barbara Liskov and John Ousterhout, provided especially significant advice (not all of which I followed). The program committee was a joy to work with, giving weeks of time and decades of wisdom with humor and energy. My deepest thanks go the wonderful Operating Systems community without whose papers and willingness to volunteer there would be no conference at all. I joined the O.S. community only ten years ago, relatively late in my career. In the vitality, warmth, and unmatched striving for excellence of its people I continue to find a home.
We've produced a CD-ROM to accompany the proceedings of this SOSP. The CD contains copies of each paper, and abstracts of the poster presentations. In addition, several of the authors provided us with sources for their systems and we've included these on the CD.
The CD includes the papers in a variety of formats (PostScript, Acrobat, and SRC's Lectern format), and also includes on-line viewing software for Acrobat and Lectern for a variety of systems. Similarly, we've provided the sources in multiple archive formats (tar, zip and cpt).
The CD itself is in ISO 9660 format. You should be able to mount it on just about any system. ISO 9660 is the standard CD format on Windows. Macintosh users can read this format too, provided their system includes a CD-ROM driver and the extensions "Foreign File Access" and "ISO 9660 File Access" (both available from Apple or your CD-ROM driver vendor). The "mount" command on Unix systems should include an option for ISO 9660 CD's (e.g. "-t cdfs"). This CD does not use the Rock Ridge extensions, and it adheres to 8.3 upper-case-only naming restrictions. When the CD is mounted on a Macintosh, the files have appropriate file types and icons.
Once you've got the CD available on your system, we recommend opening the file "README.HTM" with a Web browser (such as Netscape Navigator, Mosaic, etc.). The CD is arranged so that you can navigate to all the files via HTML pages stored on the CD. If you don't have a Web browser, start by reading the file "README.TXT".
We plan to distribute the CD with the proceedings.
Digital Systems Research Center
The following people assisted the Program Committee by writing reviews of one or more of the submitted papers:
J. Bradley Chen
Gérard Le Lann
Xavier Rousset de Pina
Hypervisor-based Fault Tolerance. T.C. Bressoud (ISIS Distributed Systems), F.B. Schneider (Cornell) 1
Hive: Fault Containment for Shared-Memory Multiprocessors.
J. Chapin, M. Rosenblum,
S. Devine, T. Lahiri, D. Teodosiu, and A. Gupta (Stanford) 12
Logged Virtual Memory. D. R. Cheriton and K. J. Duda (Stanford) 26
U-Net: A User-Level Network Interface for Parallel and Distributed Computing. T. von Eicken, A. Basu, V. Buch, W. Vogels (Cornell) 40
A Highly Available, Scalable ITV System. M. N. Nelson,
M. Linton (Silicon Graphics),
S. Owicki (independent consultant) 54
Object and Native Code Thread Mobility Among Heterogeneous Computers. B. Steensgaard (Microsoft Research), E. Jul (University of Copenhagen) 68
organized by Michael B. Jones.
Informed Prefetching and Caching. R. H. Patterson, G. A.
Gibson, E. Ginting, D. Stodolsky,
J. Zelenka (Carnegie Mellon University) 79
The HP AutoRAID Hierarchical Storage System. J. Wilkes, R. Golding, C. Staelin and T. Sullivan (Hewlett-Packard Laboratories) 96
Serverless Network File Systems. T. E. Anderson, M. D.
Dahlin, J. M. Neefe, D. A. Patterson,
D. S. Roselli, R.Y. Wang (UC-Berkeley) 109
Performance of Cache Coherence in Stackable Filing. J.
Heidemann and G. Popek (UCLA)
Exploiting Weak Connectivity for Mobile File Access. L.B.
Mummert, M.R. Ebling,
M. Satyanarayanan (Carnegie Mellon University) 143
Rover: A Toolkit for Mobile Information Access. A.D. Joseph, A.F. deLespinasse, J.A. Tauber, D.K. Gifford, M.F. Kaashoek (MIT Lab for Computer Science) 156
Managing Update Conflicts in a Weakly Connected Replicated Storage System. D.B. Terry, M.M. Theimer, K. Petersen, A.J. Demers, M.J. Spreitzer, C.H. Hauser (Computer Science Lab, Xerox PARC) 172
A New Page Table for 64-bit Address Spaces. M. Talluri, M.D. Hill (U Wisconsin-Madison), Y.A. Khalidi (Sun Microsystems Laboratories) 184
Implementing Global Memory Management in a Workstation Cluster. M.J. Feeley, W.E. Morgan, F.P. Pighin, A.R. Karlin, H.M. Levy (U. Washington), C.A. Thekkath (DEC Systems Research Center) 201
CRL: High-Performance All-Software Distributed Shared Memory.
M.F. Kaashoek, D.A. Wallach (MIT) 213
Going Threadbare: sense or sedition? Debate on the threads
organized by Mary Baker.
organized by Frans Kaashoek
The Performance of the Container Shipping I/O System. E. W. Anderson, J. Pasquale (U.C. San Diego) 229
Time-Function Scheduling: A General Approach To Controllable
Resource Management. L. L. Fong,
M. S. Squillante (IBM T.J. Watson) 230
A Real-time Upcall Facility for Protocol Processing with QoS
Guarantees. R. Gopalakrishnan, G. M. Parulkar
(Washington U., St. Louis) 231
Using Annotated Interface Definitions to Optimize RPC. B. Ford, M. Kibler, J. Lepreau (U. Utah) 232
SMART: A Processor Scheduler for Multimedia Applications. J. Nieh, M. S. Lam (Stanford) 233
Autonomous Replication Across Wide-Area Networks. J. S. Gwertzman, M. Seltzer (Harvard) 234
Using a Modified Object Buffer to Improve the Write Performance
of an Object-Oriented Database. S. Ghemawat, M. F. Kaashoek,
B. Liskov (MIT Lab for Computer Science) 235
Exploiting Process Lifetime Distributions for Dynamic Load Balancing. Mor Harchol-Balter, A. B. Downey. (U.C. Berkeley) 236
On Micro-Kernel Construction. J. Liedtke (GMD) 237
Exokernel: An Operating System Architecture for Application-Level Resource Management. D.R. Engler, M.F. Kaashoek and J. O'Toole, Jr. (MIT Lab for Computer Science) 251
Extensibility, Safety and Performance in the SPIN Operating
System. B.N. Bershad, S. Savage, P. Pardyak, E.G. Sirer, M.
Fiuczynski, D. Becker, C. Chambers, S. Eggers (U Washington)
The Impact of Architectural Trends on Operating System Performance.
E. Bugnion, S. A. Herrod, E. Witchel, and A. Gupta (Stanford) 285
The Measured Performance of Personal Computer Operating Systems.
J.B. Chen, Y. Endo,
K. Chan, D. Mazières, A. Dias, M. Seltzer, M.D. Smith (Harvard) 299
Optimistic Incremental Specialization: Streamlining a Commercial
Operating System. C. Pu,
T. Autrey, A. Black, C. Consel, C. Cowan, J. Inouye, L. Kethana, J. Walpole and K. Zhang (Oregon Graduate Institute) 314
Mark Weiser (email@example.com).
last updated September 17, 1995