DISC was formerly known as WDAG. The name change, which
took effect in 1998, reflects the expansion from a
workshop to a symposium and from distributed algorithms
to all aspects of distributed computing. The first DISC was
held in Andros, Greece in September 1998.
The broad scope of the symposium provides an opportunity
to bring together specialists in theory, design, analysis,
implementation, or application of distributed systems and
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- distributed algorithms and their complexity
- fault-tolerance of distributed systems
- consistency conditions, concurrency control, and synchronization
- multiprocessor/cluster architectures and algorithms
- cryptographic and security protocols for distributed systems
- distributed operating systems
- distributed computing issues on the internet and the web
- distributed systems management
- distributed applications, such as databases, mobile agents, and electronic commerce
- communication network architectures and protocols
- specification, semantics, and verification of distributed systems
Brief Announcement Track
Ongoing work for which full papers are not ready yet or recent results
published elsewhere are suitable for submission as brief announcements.
It is hoped that researchers will use the brief announcement track to
quickly draw the attention of the community to their experiences,
insights and results from ongoing distributed computing research
The symposium program lists all accepted papers--regular and brief
announcements. Brief Announcements are presented at the symposium
in a rump session and get 10 minutes each. Regular papers get 25
minutes each. The symposium proceedings will include only accepted
regular papers and will be published by Springer in its
"Lecture Notes in Computer Science" series. Accepted brief
announcements will be published in a Technical Report by the host
university, the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Every submission, regular or brief, should be in English, begin with a
cover page, and followed by an extended abstract. The cover page should
include: (1) title, (2) authors and affiliations, (3) postal and email
address of contact author, and (4) an abstract of the work in a few lines.
Regular submissions only must indicate (5) whether the submission should
be considered for the best student paper award, and (6) whether the
submission should be considered for both regular and brief announcement
A regular submission's extended abstract should be no longer than
4800 words and notnot exceed 12 pages on letter-size paper using at
least 11 point font and reasonable margins (the page limit includes
all figures, tables, and graphs). A brief announcement's extended abstract
should not exceed 4 pages using at least 11 point font and reasonable
margins. Submissions deviating from these guidelines will be rejected
without consideration of their merits.
It is recommended that the extended abstract begins with a succinct
statement of the problem or the issue being addressed, a summary of
the main results or conclusions, a brief statement of the key ideas,
and a comparison with related work, all tailored to a non-specialist.
Best Student Paper Award
A paper is eligible for the best student paper award if it is a regular
submission, one of its authors is a full-time student at the time of
submission and the student's contribution is significant. The program
committee may split this award or decline to make it.