This project will support students to attend the International conference on distributed systems (ICDCS) to be held in Minneapolis, MN in June 2011. ICDCS is a premier conference in distributed systems area and it is important to expose students to this conference. The students will be chosen based on a open competition and preference will be given to students without support and those that belong to underrepresented groups.
ICDCS is a premier conference and has a wide coverage of topics in distributed computing. The conference has made significant impacts to the computing community since it was founded in 1979. The selected papers have influenced the design and implementation of many distributed computing systems, software and applications today. The conference continues to evolve in terms of the number of paper submissions and in the quality of accepted papers. For 2011 the number of submissions has consistently increased and the acceptance ratio continues to decrease to around 15%. The CFP has a wide range of topics that include, but are not limited to: Data Management and Data Centers Distributed Algorithms Distributed Operating Systems and Middleware Reliability and Dependability Security and Privacy Network and Internet Support for Distributed Applications Multimedia Systems Sensor Networks and Mobile Computing in Distributed Systems ICDCS has been an important venue for many graduate students around the world. This award has enabled a number of US based graduate students as well as junior faculty to attend ICDCS. These young scholars interacted each other and learn the latest advances in distributed computing. The broader impact of this award is significant: it allowed junior faculty and graduate students to participate in this important research event in the field of distributed computing systems. For many years, the amount of faculty research funding has not kept pace with the increase in travel expenses. Therefore, this NSF travel grant has effectively reduced faculty research expenditure limits.