The Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST 2002) is
sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, in
cooperation with ACM SIGOPS (pending) and IEEE TCOS (pending)
File and storage systems are critical to business and society,
holding the "crown jewels" of most Information Age organizations
and dictating the performance of most computer systems. Storage
density has increased at 100% per year for the past three years
(60% per year for the past 30 years), but this is barely enough to
keep up with the storage demands of
the modern economy. Digital media and electronic commerce
stretch storage system design with problems not encountered a few
FAST brings together the top storage systems researchers and
practitioners, providing a premier forum for discussing the design,
implementation, and uses of storage systems. It aims to bring
together the best work in file and storage systems in one venue.
The large number
of file systems papers presented at all operating system
conferences shows that there is no shortage of research in this
area. FAST will be the successor to IOPADS, which for several years
was the top conference dedicated to parallel and distributed IO
The conference will consist of two days of technical
presentations, including refereed papers, invited talks, and an
introductory keynote address. A session of work-in-progress
presentations is planned, and informal Birds-of-a-Feather sessions
may be organized by attendees. Refereed papers will be published in
the Proceedings, provided free to technical session attendees, and
available for purchase from USENIX.
The FAST 2002 Program Committee invites you to contribute your
ideas, proposals and papers for tutorials, invited talks program,
refereed papers track, workshops, work-in-progress reports, and
symposia tracks. We welcome submissions that address any and all
issues relating to File and Storage Systems.
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