DISC 2021 Second Call for Papers
35th International Symposium on Distributed Computing
October 4-8, 2021
Freiburg, Germany (or virtual)
Submission deadline: May 10, 2021 (AoE)
Rebuttal period: July 5-8, 2021 (AoE)
Notification (regular papers): July 23, 2021
Notification (brief announcements): July 30, 2021
Final versions: August 6, 2021
Main conference: October 5-7, 2021
Workshops: October 4 & 8, 2021
Corona Virus Caveat: Note that these details will be updated based on
the evaluation of the pandemic situation, including decisions on
whether the conference is hybrid, in-person, or fully virtual.
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
* 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
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
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.
Papers are to be submitted electronically at
Submissions must be in English in pdf format and they must be prepared
using the LaTeX style template for LIPIcs
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
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.
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