International Symposium on DIStributed Computing (DISC) 2021



The International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC) is an international forum on the theory, design, analysis, implementation and application of distributed systems and networks. DISC 2021 will be between the 4th and 8th of October. The conference will be held as a hybrid conference, which can be attended online (through Zoom) or physically in Freiburg, Germany. We are committed to the principle that nobody will be required to physically attend the conference if they cannot (due to travel/quarantine issues) or if they feel it is unsafe for them. We will therefore try to make sure that online DISC participants will be able to experience in the same way as a fully online conference. There will be pre-recorded video talks for all DISC papers and brief announcements, and all DISC sessions will be scheduled in the afternoon (in Germany).  For more information on the hybrid setup of DISC, please see the following more detailed overview. DISC is organized in cooperation with the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS).


  • Submission (regular papers and brief announcements): May 10, 2021 (23:59 AoE)
  • Rebuttal phase (regular papers and brief announcements): July 5-8, 2021
  • Notification (regular papers): July 23, 2021
  • Notification (brief announcements): July 30, 2021
  • Final version for proceedings: August 6, 2021
  • Main conference: October 5-7, 2021
  • Workshops: October 4 and 8, 2021


Original contributions to theory, design, implementation, modeling, analysis, or application of distributed systems and networks are solicited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Biological and nature-inspired distributed algorithms
  • Blockchain protocols
  • Communication networks: protocols, architectures and applications
  • Distributed and concurrent data structures, replication and consistency
  • Distributed computing: Algorithms and upper bounds
  • Distributed computing: Lower bounds and impossibility results
  • Distributed graph algorithms
  • Distributed machine learning and data science
  • Distributed operating systems, middleware, database systems
  • Experimental evaluation of distributed algorithms and systems
  • Fault tolerance, reliability, availability
  • 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
  • Population protocols and chemical reaction networks
  • Security in distributed computing, cryptographic protocols
  • Self-stabilizing, self-organizing, and autonomous systems
  • Synchronization, persistence and transactional memory
  • System-on-chip and network-on-chip architectures
  • Wireless, mobile, sensor and ad-hoc networks