International Symposium on DIStributed Computing (DISC) 2021

Call for Papers

35th International Symposium on Distributed Computing
October 4-8, 2021
Freiburg, Germany

Submission server is now open:


  • Submission (regular papers and brief announcements): May 10, 2021 (AoE)
  • Rebuttal phase (regular papers and brief announcements): July 5-8, 2021 (AoE)
  • Notification (regular papers): July 23, 2021
  • Notification (brief announcements): July 30, 2021
  • Final version for proceedings: August 6, 2021


Submissions are sought in all areas of distributed algorithms and
distributed systems including theory, design, implementation,
modelling, analysis, and application of distributed systems and
networks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Biological and nature-inspired distributed algorithms
  • Blockchain protocols
  • Coding and reliable communication
  • Communication networks: algorithms, protocols, and applications
  • Complexity, lower bounds, and impossibility results
  • Design and analysis of distributed algorithms
  • Distributed and concurrent data structures
  • Distributed cloud storage
  • Distributed graph algorithms
  • Distributed machine learning and data science
  • Distributed operating systems, middleware, database systems
  • Distributed resource management
  • Fault tolerance, reliability, self-organization, self-stabilization
  • Formal methods for distributed computing: verification, synthesis and testing
  • Game-theoretic and knowledge-based approaches to distributed computing
  • Internet and web applications, social networks and recommendation systems
  • Massively-parallel, high-performance, cloud and grid computing
  • Mobile agents, autonomous distributed systems, swarm robotics
  • Multiprocessor and multi-core architectures and algorithms
  • Overlay networks and peer-to-peer networks
  • Population protocols and chemical reaction networks
  • Quantum distributed algorithms
  • Replication and consistency
  • Security in distributed computing, cryptographic protocols
  • Synchronization, persistence and transactional memory
  • Wireless, mobile, sensor and ad-hoc networks


Papers are to be submitted electronically at

A submitted paper should clearly motivate the importance of the problem being addressed, discuss prior work and its relationship to the paper, explicitly and precisely state the paper’s key contributions, and outline the key technical ideas and methods used to achieve the main claims. A submission should strive to be accessible to a broad audience, as well as having sufficient details for experts in the area.

There are two types of submissions: regular papers and brief announcements. Regular papers must report on original research that has not previously been published (and may not be concurrently submitted to other journals or conferences with proceedings). All ideas necessary for an expert to fully verify the central claims in a paper, including experimental results, should be included in the submission. A brief announcement may describe work in progress or work presented elsewhere. A brief announcement may also present a result that is short and elegant, but does not require a longer paper. It may also be used to announce a software distribution or an experimental results of interest that can be concisely described.

Submission format

Submissions must be in English in pdf format and they must be prepared using the LaTeX style template for LIPIcs ( with


Submissions must be anonymous, without any author names, affiliations, or email addresses. The contact information of the authors will be entered separately in HotCRP.

For regular papers, there is no page limit, and authors are encouraged to use the “full version” of their paper as the submission. The initial 15 pages should contain a clear presentation of the merits of the paper, including a discussion of the paper’s importance within the context of prior work and a description of the key technical and conceptual ideas used to achieve its main claims. (Illustrative figures are encouraged.) The submission must contain full proofs of all claims in the paper.

Although there is no bound on the length of a submission, material other than the first 15 pages will be read at the committee’s discretion. Papers submitted as brief announcements should comply with the above rules, replacing 15 pages with 5 pages.

Submissions not conforming to the submission guidelines and papers outside of the scope of the conference will be rejected without consideration.

Anonymous Submissions

We will use a relaxed implementation of double-blind peer review. Submissions must not reveal the identity of the authors in any way. In particular, authors’ names and affiliation should not appear in the document itself. Authors should ensure that any references to their own related work are in the third person (e.g., not “We build on our previous work …” but rather “We build on the work of …”). The purpose of this process is to help PC members and external reviewers come to an initial judgment about the paper without bias, not to make it impossible for them to discover the authors if they were to try.

You are free to disseminate your work through arXiv and other online repositories and give presentations on your work as usual. Moreover, nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult. In particular, important references should not be omitted or anonymized.

Brief announcements should also be submitted without author names and affiliations so that a reviewer can form an initial judgment without bias, but they can contain a reference to the full version of the work in the bibliography.

Authors with further questions on double-blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the PC chair by email.

Please feel free to ask the PC chair if you have any questions about the double-blind policy of DISC 2020.

Conflict of Interest

The submission form provides an opportunity to specify conflicts of interest, limited to: (1) family members and close friends; (2) PhD advisor or advisee (no time limit), or postdoctoral or undergraduate mentor/mentee within past 5 years; (3) people with the same affiliation; (4) someone involved in an alleged incident of harassment (with no requirement of a formal report), (5) collaborators who jointly authored papers within the last two years.

If you feel that you have a valid reason for a conflict of interest not listed above, or any other issues related to the fair treatment of your submission, contact the PC chair or the SafeTOC representative for DISC (which can be found on the DISC webpage).


The proceedings will be published by LIPIcs. The final version of the paper has to be formatted following the LIPIcs guidelines. Regular papers will have 15 pages in the final proceedings (excluding references), and brief announcements will have 3 pages in the proceedings (including everything). If more space is needed, the authors are encouraged to post the full version e.g. on arXiv and refer to it in their paper.

Accepted papers and brief announcements must be presented by one of the authors, with a full registration and according to the final schedule. Any submission accepted into the technical program but not presented on-site will be withdrawn from the final proceedings.

The submission site will be posted shortly on the DISC website.


Awards will be given to the best paper and the best student paper. To be eligible for the best student paper award at least one of the paper authors must be a full-time student at the time of submission, and the student(s) must have made a significant contribution to the paper.

Program/Steering/Organizing Committees