6th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '08)
February 26-29, 2008
San Jose, California, USA
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

We are writing to remind you that the Early Bird Registration Deadline
for the 6th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST
'08) is approaching. Please register by Friday, February 8, 2008, to save
up to $200.

FAST '08 takes place February 26-29, 2008, in San Jose, California.


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

-- Christian Cachin on Cryptographic Methods for Protecting Storage

The FAST '08 program includes 21 technical papers, as well as two
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

-- " '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, taking place Wednesday, February 27,
through Friday, February 29, will include a session for reports on work
in progress, preliminary results, and "outrageous" opinion statements.

New in '08, the poster session will allow researchers to present
recent and ongoing projects. The poster session is an excellent forum
in which to discuss new ideas and get useful feedback from the

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/progb to register today.

On behalf of the FAST '08 Program Committee,

Mary Baker, Hewlett-Packard Labs
Erik Riedel, Seagate Research
FAST '08 Program Chairs