NSDI Conference

USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation


The NSDI conference focuses on the design principles of large-scale networks and distributed systems. Systems as diverse as Internet routing, peer-to-peer file sharing, sensor nets, scalable Web services, and distributed network measurement share a set of challenges. Progress in any of these areas requires an understanding of how researchers are addressing the challenges of large-scale systems in other contexts. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the networking and systems community---including computer networking, distributed systems, and operating systems—to foster cross-disciplinary approaches and to address shared research challenges.

Papers are reviewed by a 20-member TPC. Papers are 15 pages long, double-blind reviewed.

The meeting is 2.5 days, and attendance is open. The meeting currently alternates between US East Coast and US West coast, and occurs yearly in the spring.

Scope and Summary

NSDI will provide a high-quality, single-track forum for presenting new results and discussing ideas that affect these disciplines. We seek a broad variety of work that furthers the knowledge and understanding of the networking and systems community as a whole, continues a significant research dialogue, or pushes the architectural boundaries of large-scale network services. We solicit papers describing original, previously unpublished research. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Routing, transport, and signaling protocols and services
  • Scalable techniques for high availability and reliability
  • Design and implementation of high-speed packet classification and transformation algorithms
  • Security and robustness of networked systems
  • Novel architectural approaches, e.g., for specific application domains
  • Network measurements, workload and topology characterization
  • Autonomous and self-configuring network, system, and overlay management
  • Network virtualization and resource management
  • Distributed storage, caching, and query optimization
  • Algorithms for distributed systems
  • Operating system support for scalable network services
  • Application experiences, e.g., in sensor networks, peer-to-peer systems, overlay networks, pervasive computing, and content distribution

Steering Committee

  • Casey Henderson, USENIX Association
  • Arvind Krishnamurthy, University of Washington
  • Brian Noble, University of Michigan
  • Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
  • Mike Schroeder, Microsoft Research
  • Alex C. Snoeren, University of California, San Diego
  • Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research

Upcoming Conference

Previous NSDI Conferences

The proceedings from the following past NSDI conferences are available online: