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The 23rd International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS 2021) will be held as a virtual conference on November 17-20, 2021.

SSS is an international forum for researchers and practitioners in the design and development of distributed systems with a focus on systems that are able to provide guarantees on their structure, performance, and/or security in the face of an adverse operational environment. The symposium encourages submissions of original contributions on fundamental research and practical applications concerning topics in the four symposium tracks:

Track A. Self-stabilizing Systems: Theory and Practice
Self-stabilizing systems
Self-stabilizing protocols and algorithms
Practically-stabilizing systems
Variants of Self-stabilization
Topological Stabilization
Stabilization and self-* properties in hardware, software, and middleware design
Self-stabilizing software defined infrastructure
Track B. Foundations of Concurrent and Distributed Computing
Distributed and concurrent algorithms and data structures
Shared and transactional memory
Synchronization protocols
Distributed graph algorithms
Graph-theoretic concepts for communication networks
Peer-to-peer networks and dynamic networks
High-performance, cluster, cloud, and grid computing
Game theory and economical aspects of distributed computing
Formal methods, validation, verification, and synthesis
Track C. Mobile and Robot Computing
Self-organization in mobile agents; mobile robots; mobile sensor networks; mobile ad-hoc networks; population protocols; programmable matter; nanoscale robots; biologically-inspired systems; and related new models.
Track D. Fault-tolerance, Security, and Privacy
Network security
Privacy
Internet-of-things security
Cloud security
Mobile sensor networks/ad-hoc networks security
Verifiable/fault-tolerant computing
Anomaly and networked malware detection
Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies
Byzantine-fault tolerance and distributed consensus protocols
Secure multi-party computation
Applied cryptography
IMPORTANT DATES (tentative)
Abstract Submission: Aug. 2nd, 2021 Aug. 20, 2021 (11:59 PM AoE)
Paper Submission: Aug. 9th, 2021 Aug. 20, 2021 (11:59 PM AoE)
Acceptance Notification: Sep. 17, 2021 Sep. 19th, 2021
Camera-ready copy due: Sep. 27, 2021 Sep. 29th, 2021
PAPER SUBMISSION
Papers are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sss2021
All submission must conform to the formatting instructions of Springer LNCS series
(see https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines).
Each submission must be in English, in PDF format.
DOUBLE-BLIND REVIEW
All submissions must be anonymous. We will use a somewhat relaxed implementation of double-blind peer review this year: you are free to disseminate your work through arXiv and other online repositories and give presentations on your work as usual. However, please make sure you do not mention your own name or affiliation in the submission, and please do not include obvious references in the text that reveal your identity. A reviewer who has not previously seen the paper should be able to read it without accidentally learning the identity of the authors. Please feel free to ask the PC chairs if you have any questions about the double-blind policy of SSS 2021.
SUBMISSIONS
There are two types of submission: regular paper and brief announcement.
- A regular submission must not exceed 15 pages (including the title, authors, abstract, figures, and references). Additional necessary details for an expert to verify the main claims of the submission may be included in a clearly marked appendix if extra space is needed.
- A brief announcement submission must not exceed 5 pages and should not include any appendix.
Any submission deviating from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration of its merits. It is recommended that a regular submission begins with a succinct statement of the problem being addressed, a summary of the main results or conclusions, a brief explanation of their significance, a brief statement of the key ideas, and a comparison with related work, all tailored to a non-specialist. Technical development of the work, directed to the specialist, should follow. Papers outside of the conference scope will be rejected without review. If requested by the authors on the cover page, a regular submission that is not selected for a regular presentation will also be considered for the brief announcement format. This will not affect the consideration of the paper for a regular presentation.
PUBLICATION
Regular papers and brief announcements will be included in the conference proceedings. Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS conference series.
SPECIAL ISSUE
Extended and revised versions of selected papers will be considered for a special issue of Theoretical Computer Science.
PAPER AWARD
Prizes will be given to the best regular paper and best student regular paper. A regular paper is eligible for the best student paper if at least one of its authors is a full-time student at submission time. Authors should clearly indicate whether their submission is eligible to be considered for the best student paper award (e.g., using a \thanks in the title). The PC may decline to confer awards or may split awards.