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6th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '08)
February 26-29, 2008
San Jose, California, USA
http://www.usenix.org/fast08/proga
Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 8, 2008
Sponsored by USENIX in cooperation with ACM SIGOPS, IEEE Mass Storage
Systems Technical Committee (MSSTC), and IEEE TCOS
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Dear Colleague,

We are writing to invite you to attend the 6th USENIX Conference on File
and Storage Technologies (FAST '08), February 26-29, in San Jose,
California.

http://www.usenix.org/fast08/proga

File systems and storage continue to be active focus areas for
researchers and technologists in operating systems, computer
architecture, distributed systems, networking, mobile computing, and
computational science. FAST '08 will bring together storage specialists
from all of these areas in a unified, high-quality forum.

The FAST program again offers tutorials. Taking place on Tuesday,
February 26, the four half-day tutorials give you the opportunity to
learn from leaders in the storage industry including:

-- Brent Welch and Marc Unangst on Clustered and Parallel Storage System
Technologies

-- Richard Freitas, Winfried Wilcke, and Bulent Kurdi on Storage Class
Memory, Technology, and Use

-- Rob Ross and Rob Latham on Parallel I/O for High-Performance Computing

-- Christian Cachin on Cryptographic Methods for Protecting Storage
Systems

The FAST '08 program includes 21 technical papers, as well as 2 keynote
addresses, Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs), and a poster session.

The papers represent some of the outstanding work in the area, with
topics including archival storage, storage system failure analyses,
performance, and provisioning.

Keynote addresses kick off the first two days of the technical sessions:

-- "'It's like a fire. You just have to move on': Rethinking Personal
Digital Archiving," by Cathy Marshall, Senior Researcher, Microsoft

-- "Sustainable IT Ecosystem," by Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow,
Hewlett-Packard Labs

The FAST technical sessions will include a session for Work-in-Progress
reports, preliminary results, and "outrageous" opinion statements. We
are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To submit,
please send an abstract or proposal (one page or less, in plain text or
PDF) to fast08wips@usenix.org by midnight PST, Thursday, January 17,
2008.

New in '08, the poster session will allow researchers to present recent
and ongoing projects. The poster session is an excellent forum to
discuss new ideas and get useful feedback from the community. Poster
submissions should include a brief description of the research, not to
exceed two pages in plain text or PDF. Posters may be accompanied by
demos; if a demo is planned, the proposal should briefly (1-2
paragraphs) describe its nature. Send poster proposals to
fast08posters@usenix.org by midnight PST, Thursday, January 17, 2008.

FAST '08 promises to be an exciting conference presenting leading
examples of current research and a strong vision of the future of file
and storage technologies.

We hope you will join us in San Jose. Please visit the conference Web
site at http://www.usenix.org/fast08/proga to register today.

On behalf of the FAST '08 Program Committee,

Mary Baker, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Erik Riedel, Seagate Research
FAST '08 Program Chairs
fast08chairs@usenix.org

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6th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '08)
February 26-29, 2008
San Jose, California, USA
http://www.usenix.org/fast08/proga
Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 8, 2008
Sponsored by USENIX in cooperation with ACM SIGOPS, IEEE Mass Storage
Systems Technical Committee (MSSTC), and IEEE TCOS
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