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16th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation

16th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation

Carlsbad, United States

Submission Deadline: Tuesday 07 Dec 2021

Conference Dates: Jul 11, 2022 - Jul 13, 2022

Impact Score 4.90


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Research Impact Score: 4.90
Contributing Best Scientists: 71
Papers published by Best Scientists 53
Research Ranking (Computer Science) 90

Conference Call for Papers

Important Dates
Abstract registrations due: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 2:59 pm PST (10:59 pm UTC)
Complete paper submissions due: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 2:59 pm PST (10:59 pm UTC)
Author Response Period
Reviews available: Monday, March 7, 2022
Author responses due: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Notification to authors: Friday, March 25, 2022
Final paper files due: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Download Call for Papers (https://www.usenix.org/sites/default/files/osdi22_cfp_020222.pdf)

Submitting a Paper
Submissions will be judged on novelty, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness. Accepted papers will be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee.

A good paper will:

Motivate a significant problem
Propose an interesting and compelling solution
Demonstrate the practicality and benefits of the solution
Draw appropriate conclusions
Clearly describe the paper's contributions
Clearly articulate the advances beyond previous work
Accepted papers will generally be available online to registered attendees before the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify [email protected]. The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the first day of the conference.

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. All submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX OSDI '22 website; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details.

For instance, FAST '22 and NSDI '22 have author notification dates after the OSDI '22 abstract registration deadline. If you submit a paper to either of those venues, you may not submit it to OSDI '22.

Prior or concurrent workshop publication does not preclude publishing a related paper in OSDI. Authors should email the program co-chairs, [email protected], a copy of the related workshop paper and a short explanation of the new material in the conference paper beyond that published in the workshop version. The co-chairs may then share that paper with the workshop’s organizers and discuss it with them.

Prior or concurrent publication in non-peer-reviewed contexts, like arXiv.org, technical reports, talks, and social media posts, is permitted. However, your OSDI submission must use an anonymized name for your project or system that differs from any used in such contexts.

USENIX discourages program co-chairs from submitting papers to the conferences they organize, although they are allowed to do so. The OSDI '22 program co-chairs have agreed not to submit their work to OSDI '22.

Questions? Contact your program co-chairs, osdi22chairs@usenix.org, or the USENIX office, [email protected].

By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. If the conference registration fee will pose a hardship for the presenter of the accepted paper, please contact [email protected].

If your paper is accepted and you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa to attend the conference, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible. (Visa applications can take at least 30 working days to process.) Please identify yourself as a presenter and include your mailing address in your email.

Deadline and Submission Instructions
Authors must register abstracts and submit full papers by the dates indicated above. These are hard deadlines, and no extensions will be given. Submitted papers must be no longer than 12 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures and tables, plus as many pages as needed for references, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, two-column format, Times Roman or a similar font, within a text block 7" wide x 9" deep. Accepted papers will be allowed 14 pages in the proceedings, plus references. Papers not meeting these criteria will be rejected without review, and no deadline extensions will be granted for reformatting. Pages should be numbered, and figures and tables should be legible in black and white, without requiring magnification. Papers so short as to be considered "extended abstracts" will not receive full consideration.

Supplementary Material
Authors may upload supplementary material in files separate from their submissions. PC members are not required to read supplementary material when reviewing the paper, so each paper should stand alone without it. Authors may use this for content that may be of interest to some readers but is peripheral to the main technical contributions of the paper. Only two types of supplementary material are permitted: source code described in the paper and formal proofs sketched in the paper. Attaching supplementary material is optional; if your paper says that you have source code or formal proofs, you need not attach them to convince the PC of their existence.

Identity Blinding
The paper review process is double-blind. Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions, and they should not identify themselves or their institutions either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions violating the detailed formatting and anonymization rules will be rejected without review. If you are uncertain about how to anonymize your submission, contact the program co-chairs, osdi[email protected], well in advance of the submission deadline.

Abstract Registration
Registering abstracts a week before paper submission is an essential part of the paper-reviewing process, as PC members use this time to identify which papers they are qualified to review. Abstract registrations that do not provide sufficient information to understand the topic and contribution (e.g., empty abstracts, placeholder abstracts, or trivial abstracts) will be rejected, thereby precluding paper submission.

When registering your abstract, you must provide information about conflicts with PC members. A PC member is a conflict if and only if one or more of the following circumstances applies:

Institution: You are currently employed at the same institution, have been previously employed at the same institution within the past two years (not counting concluded internships), or are going to begin employment at the same institution during the review period.

Advisor: You have a past or present association as thesis advisor or advisee.

Collaboration: You have a collaboration on a project, publication, grant proposal, program co-chairship, or editorship within the past two years (December 2019 through March 2022).

Personal: You are close family relatives (spouses, domestic partners, parents, or children).

You must not identify a PC member as a conflict if none of these circumstances applies. For instance, the following are not sufficient grounds to specify a conflict with a PC member: they have reviewed the work before, they are employed by your competitor, they are your friend, they were your post-doc advisor or advisee, or they had the same advisor as you.

The chairs will review paper conflicts to ensure the integrity of the reviewing process, adding or removing conflicts if necessary. The chairs may reject abstracts or papers on the basis of missing or extraneous conflicts. If you have any questions about conflicts, please contact the program co-chairs.

Authors are also encouraged to contact the program co-chairs, [email protected], if needed to relate their OSDI submissions to relevant submissions of their own that are simultaneously under review or awaiting publication at other venues. The program co-chairs will use this information at their discretion to preserve the anonymity of the review process without jeopardizing the outcome of the current OSDI submission.

Papers must be in PDF format and must be submitted via the submission system. For more details on the submission process, and for templates to use with LaTeX, Word, etc., authors should consult the detailed submission requirements.


Top Research Topics at Operating Systems Design and Implementation?

  • Operating system (33.64%)
  • Distributed computing (25.28%)
  • Software (9.67%)

The conference is mainly concerned with subjects like Operating system, Distributed computing, Software, Parallel computing and Embedded system. Most of the Operating system studies addressed also intersect with Code (cryptography). The event holds forums on Distributed computing that merges themes from other disciplines such as Scalability, Latency (engineering), Scheduling (computing), Cloud computing and Server.

The in-depth study on Parallel computing also explores topics in the intersecting field of Computation. Studies on Self-certifying File System discussed in the event link to the field of Versioning file system.

What are the most cited papers published at the conference?

  • TensorFlow: a system for large-scale machine learning (5728 citations)
  • MapReduce: simplified data processing on large clusters (3221 citations)
  • TAG: a Tiny AGgregation service for Ad-Hoc sensor networks (2774 citations)

Research areas of the most cited articles at Operating Systems Design and Implementation:

The published articles tackle a plethora of topics, such as Operating system, Distributed computing, Software, Virtual machine and Embedded system. While the conference publications focused on Operating system, they were also able to explore topics like Correctness and Code (cryptography). The most cited papers address concerns in Distributed computing which are intertwined with other disciplines, such as Scheduling (computing), Computer network, Scalability and Computation.

What topics the last edition of the conference is best known for?

  • Operating system
  • Computer network
  • Programming language

The previous edition focused in particular on these issues:

The topics of Operating system, Distributed computing, Artificial intelligence, Parallel computing and Theoretical computer science are the focal point of discussions in the conference. The study on Operating system presented in it intersects with subjects under the field of Nap. Distributed computing research presented in it encompasses a variety of subjects, including Workload and Scheduling (computing).

It explores themes in Artificial intelligence like Deep learning, Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution and Selection (genetic algorithm) and links them with other fields of study like Duration (project management) and Model testing. The featured Parallel computing studies mainly concentrate on Computation but also cover areas of interest in JavaScript, Parallelism (grammar) and Scalability. It explores issues in Theoretical computer science which can be linked to other research areas like Differential (infinitesimal), Data-driven, Invariant (mathematics) and Fuzz testing.

The most cited articles from the last conference are:

  • Pollux: Co-adaptive Cluster Scheduling for Goodput-Optimized Deep Learning (5 citations)
  • GNNAdvisor: An Adaptive and Efficient Runtime System for GNN Acceleration on GPUs. (3 citations)
  • Dorylus: Affordable, Scalable, and Accurate GNN Training with Distributed CPU Servers and Serverless Threads. (2 citations)

Papers citation over time

A key indicator for each conference is its effectiveness in reaching other researchers with the papers published at that venue.

The chart below presents the interquartile range (first quartile 25%, median 50% and third quartile 75%) of the number of citations of articles over time.


The top authors publishing at Operating Systems Design and Implementation (based on the number of publications) are:

  • M. Frans Kaashoek (16 papers) published 1 paper at the last edition the same number as at the previous edition,
  • Nickolai Zeldovich (15 papers) published 1 paper at the last edition the same number as at the previous edition,
  • Ion Stoica (14 papers) absent at the last edition,
  • Jason Flinn (12 papers) absent at the last edition,
  • Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau (11 papers) absent at the last edition.

The overall trend for top authors publishing at this conference is outlined below. The chart shows the number of publications at each edition of the conference for top authors.


Only papers with recognized affiliations are considered

The top affiliations publishing at Operating Systems Design and Implementation (based on the number of publications) are:

  • Microsoft (80 papers) published 2 papers at the last edition, 16 less than at the previous edition,
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (43 papers) published 1 paper at the last edition, 4 less than at the previous edition,
  • University of California, Berkeley (35 papers) published 2 papers at the last edition, 4 less than at the previous edition,
  • University of Washington (31 papers) absent at the last edition,
  • University of Michigan (29 papers) published 3 papers at the last edition, 2 more than at the previous edition.

The overall trend for top affiliations publishing at this conference is outlined below. The chart shows the number of publications at each edition of the conference for top affiliations.


Publication chance based on affiliation

The publication chance index shows the ratio of articles published by the best research institutions at the conference edition to all articles published within that conference. The best research institutions were selected based on the largest number of articles published during all editions of the conference.

The chart below presents the percentage ratio of articles from top institutions (based on their ranking of total papers).Top affiliations were grouped by their rank into the following tiers: top 1-10, top 11-20, top 21-50, and top 51+. Only articles with a recognized affiliation are considered.


During the most recent 2021 edition, 0.00% of publications had an unrecognized affiliation. Out of the publications with recognized affiliations, 41.94% were posted by at least one author from the top 10 institutions publishing at the conference. Another 22.58% included authors affiliated with research institutions from the top 11-20 affiliations. Institutions from the 21-50 range included 29.03% of all publications and 6.45% were from other institutions.

Returning Authors Index

A very common phenomenon observed among researchers publishing scientific articles is the intentional selection of conferences they have already attended in the past. In particular, it is worth analyzing the case when the authors participate in the same conference from year to year.

The Returning Authors Index presented below illustrates the ratio of authors who participated in both a given as well as the previous edition of the conference in relation to all participants in a given year.


Returning Institution Index

The graph below shows the Returning Institution Index, illustrating the ratio of institutions that participated in both a given and the previous edition of the conference in relation to all affiliations present in a given year.


The experience to innovation index

Our experience to innovation index was created to show a cross-section of the experience level of authors publishing at a conference. The index includes the authors publishing at the last edition of a conference, grouped by total number of publications throughout their academic career (P) and the total number of citations of these publications ever received (C).

The group intervals were selected empirically to best show the diversity of the authors' experiences, their labels were selected as a convenience, not as judgment. The authors were divided into the following groups:

  • Novice - P < 5 or C < 25 (the number of publications less than 5 or the number of citations less than 25),
  • Competent - P < 10 or C < 100 (the number of publications less than 10 or the number of citations less than 100),
  • Experienced - P < 25 or C < 625 (the number of publications less than 25 or the number of citations less than 625),
  • Master - P < 50 or C < 2500 (the number of publications less than 50 or the number of citations less than 2500),
  • Star - P ≥ 50 and C ≥ 2500 (both the number of publications greater than 50 and the number of citations greater than 2500).


The chart below illustrates experience levels of first authors in cases of publications with multiple authors.


Previous Editions

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