First Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST)


Location: MONTEREY, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jan 28, 2002 End Date/Time: Jan 29, 2002
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First Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST)
January 28-29, 2002
Monterey, California, USA
Important Dates
Submissions due: July 13, 2001
Notification to authors: September 14, 2001
Camera-ready final papers due: November 15, 2001

Conference Organizers

Program Committee
Darrell Long, UC Santa Cruz (Program Chair)
David Black, EMC
Walter Burkhard, UC San Diego
Randal Burns, IBM Research
Jeff Chase, Duke
Richard Golding, Panasas
Roger Haskin, IBM Research
Peter Honeyman, Michigan
David Kotz, Dartmouth
Mike Leis, Quantum
Ethan Miller, UC Santa Cruz
David Nagle, Carnegie Mellon
M. Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon
Rodney Van Meter, Nokia
Randy Wang, Princeton
John Wilkes, Hewlett-Packard
Steering Committee
David Anderson, Seagate
Garth Gibson, Panasas & Carnegie Mellon
John Howard, Sun
Merritt Jones, Mitre
Darrell Long, UC Santa Cruz
Kirk McKusick, consultant
Jai Menon, IBM Research
David Patterson, UC Berkeley
Margo Seltzer, Harvard
File and storage systems are critical to business and society, holding the "crown jewels" of most Information Age organizations and dictating the performance of most computer systems. FAST brings together the top storage systems researchers and practitioners, providing a premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and uses of storage systems.

The conference will consist of two days of technical presentations, including refereed papers, invited talks, and an introductory keynote address. A session of work-in-progress presentations is planned, and informal Birds-of-a-Feather sessions may be organized by attendees. Refereed papers will be published in the Proceedings, provided free to technical session attendees, and available for purchase from USENIX.

Papers may be on any topic related to file systems and data storage; we are particularly interested in receiving submissions from industry. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Data layout, organization and metadata
Caching, replication, and wide area file systems
Scalable storage systems
Security in storage systems
Novel applications for storage systems
Mobile storage
Storage system reliability, availability, and integrity
Storage management for databases
Network-attached storage & storage area networks
New storage technologies
Storage system and device internals
Compiler support for storage and I/O
Performance evaluation of storage systems & devices
File and storage system workloads
Paper Submissions

Submitted papers will be read by the program committee and other reviewers and will be judged on scientific merit, innovation, relevance, and presentation. The program committee encourages full papers on work in progress and "far-out" ideas that are in their formative stages as well as more conventional papers.

Check back in January for submission guidelines and how to submit.

FAST subsumes the Workshop on I/O in Parallel and Distributed Systems (IOPADS). FAST will be the premier venue for publication of research related to scalable file systems and storage.

The FAST conference, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to any other conference or publication, that submissions not be previously published, and that accepted papers not be subsequently published elsewhere for a year from date of acceptance by USENIX. Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Work In Progress Reports
Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not ready to be published? Work-in-progress reports are for you! Work-in-progress reports, scheduled during the technical sessions, introduce new or ongoing work. The USENIX audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To submit a work-in-progress, please send a proposal, one page or less, to the work-in-progress coordinator at

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs will be held in the evening. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by phoning the Conference Office at +1 (510) 528-8649 or via email to BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in October 2001 here on the symposium Web site. The information will be in both html and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the program booklet in print, please email your request, including your postal address, to: