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39th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
3-7 August 2020, Salerno, Italy
Twitter: @podc_disc


Paper submission:    17 February 2020
Acceptance notification:   4 May 2020
Proceedings version due:  24 May 2020


The ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing is an 
international forum on the theory, design, analysis, implementation and 
application of distributed systems and networks. We solicit papers in 
all areas of distributed computing. Papers from all viewpoints, 
including theory, practice, and experimentation, are welcome. The goal 
of the conference is to improve understanding of the principles 
underlying distributed computing. Topics of interest include, but are 
not limited to, the following:
- biological distributed algorithms
- blockchain protocols
- coding and reliable communication
- communication networks: algorithms, protocols, applications
- complexity and impossibility results for distributed computing
- concurrency, synchronization, and persistence
- design and analysis of distributed algorithms
- distributed and cloud storage
- distributed data structures
- distributed graph algorithms
- distributed machine learning algorithms
- distributed operating systems, middleware, databases
- distributed resource management and scheduling
- fault-tolerance, reliability, self-organization, self-stabilization
- game-theoretic approaches to distributed computing
- high-performance, cluster, cloud and grid computing
- internet applications, social networks, recommendation systems
- languages, verification, formal methods for distributed systems
- multiprocessor and multi-core architectures and algorithms
- peer-to-peer systems, overlay networks
- population protocols
- quantum and optics based distributed algorithms
- replication and consistency
- security in distributed computing, cryptographic protocols
- sensor, mesh, and ad hoc networks
- specifications and semantics
- system-on-chip and network-on-chip architectures
- transactional memory
- wireless networks, mobile computing, autonomous agents


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.

Papers must be submitted in PDF format via
and fall in two categories: regular papers and brief announcements.

A regular paper must report on original research that has not been
previously published. It is not permitted to submit the same material
concurrently to journals or conferences with proceedings. Format and length
requirements for submissions are stated below. All ideas necessary for an
expert to fully verify the central claims in a paper, including
experimental results, should be included in the body of the
submission. Additional material may be placed in a clearly marked appendix
that will be read at the discretion of the program committee. If desired,
the appendix can be a longer version of the paper.

A brief announcement may describe work in progress or work presented
elsewhere. The title of a brief announcement must begin with “Brief
Announcement:”  Additional material may be placed in a clearly marked
appendix, just like for regular submissions.

Submissions not conforming to the rules stated in this call, as well as
papers outside the scope of the conference, will be rejected without


In the interest of making the submissions similar to the final published
papers, PODC 2020 adopts the new ACM Master templates and changes the paper
lengths compared to past editions of the conference. A submission read by
the reviewers should closely match the potential proceedings version: what
you submit is what is reviewed and what you publish.

In particular, submissions MUST be prepared in LaTeX and use the official
ACM Master article template (acmart.cls, version of 2019), available from

All submissions must be formatted in single-column format with
No modifications of the page style and format are allowed.

Regular papers may be up to 17 pages long in this format (including title
and references), and may be followed by a clearly marked appendix.

Brief announcements may be up to 5 pages long in this format (including
title and references), and may be followed by a clearly marked appendix.

Sample files are available on the PODC website at


The conference will employ a lightweight double-blind reviewing process.
Submissions should not reveal the identity of the authors in any way. In
particular, authors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses should not
appear at the beginning or in the body of the submission. 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. 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. In
addition, authors should feel free to disseminate their ideas or draft
versions of their paper as they normally would. For example, authors may
post drafts of their papers on the web, submit them to arXiv, and give
talks on their research ideas. Authors with further questions on
double-blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the PC chair by email.


A conflict of interest between an author and a PC member or reviewer exists
- they are immediate family members or close friends,
- one was the thesis advisor of the other (within the last 10 years),
- they share the same affiliation,
- one is involved in an alleged harassment incident with the other, or
- they are collaborators who jointly author works within the last two years.

Conflicts must be declared during submission.

If you feel that you have a valid reason for a conflict of interest not 
listed above, contact the PC chair directly. If there is doubt about the 
validity of a claim of conflict of interest, the PC chair may request 
that a Theory of Computing Advocate confidentially verify the reason.


Accepted regular papers of up to 10 pages and brief announcements of up to
3 pages in two-column ACM proceedings format will be included in the conference
proceedings.  They must be formatted with the ACM Master templates using

Extended and revised versions of selected papers will be considered for a
special issue of the Distributed Computing journal. Up to two papers will
be selected to be considered for publication in JACM.

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made 
available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks 
prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date 
affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


Program committee:
- Ittai Abraham, VMware Research, Israel
- Dan Alistarh, IST Austria, Austria
- Chen Avin, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
- Alkida Balliu, Aalto University, Finland
- Trevor Brown, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Janna Burman, Université Paris-Sud - LRI, France
- Christian Cachin (chair), University of Bern, Switzerland
- Gregory Chockler, Royal Holloway University of London and University of Surrey, United Kingdom
- Ran Cohen, Northeastern University, USA
- Bernardo Machado David, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Robert Elsässer, University of Salzburg, Austria
- Yuval Emek, Technion, Israel
- Chaya Ganesh, Aarhus University and Indian Institute of Science, Denmark
- Peter Gazi, IOHK, Slovakia
- Mohsen Ghaffari, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Seth Gilbert, National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Wojciech Golab, University of Waterloo, Canada
- Alexey Gotsman, IMDEA Software Institute, Spain
- Vincent Gramoli, University of Sydney, Australia
- Taisuke Izumi, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
- Fabian Kuhn, University of Freiburg, Germany
- Petr Kuznetsov, Telecom Paris - Institut Polytechnique Paris, France
- Christoph Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany
- Kartik Nayak, Duke University, USA
- Calvin Newport, Georgetown University, USA
- Thomas Nowak, Université Paris-Sud, France
- Roberto Palmieri, Lehigh University, USA
- Merav Parter, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
- Ami Paz, University of Vienna, Austria
- Fernando Pedone, University of Lugano, Switzerland
- Sergio Rajsbaum, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
- Andrea Richa, Arizona State University, USA
- Peter Robinson, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Jared Saia, University of New Mexico, USA
- Alexander Spiegelman, VMware Research, Israel
- Corentin Travers, LaBRI - Bordeaux INP, France
- Lewis Tseng, Boston College, USA
- Przemysław Uznański, University of Wrocław, Poland
- Marko Vukolic, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland
- Philipp Woelfel, University of Calgary, Canada

Conference Committee:
- Christian Cachin, University of Bern, Switzerland (Program chair)
- Roberto DePrisco, Università di Salerno, Italy (Organizing chair)
- Yuval Emek, Technion, Israel (General chair)
- Avery Miller, University of Manitoba, Canada (Treasurer)

Steering Committee
- Jennifer Welch (2018-2021), Texas A&M, USA (chair)
- Christian Cachin (2019-2022),  University of Bern, Switzerland (PC chair 2020)
- Faith Ellen (2018-2021),  University of Toronto, Canada (PC chair 2019)
- Idit Keidar (2017-2020),  Technion, Israel (PC chair 2018)
- Yuval Emek, Technion, Israel (General chair 2020)
- Avery Miller, University of Manitoba, Canada (Treasurer 2020)
- Youla Fatourou (2019-2021),  University of Crete, Greece (At-large)