13th IEEE Workshop on Dependable Parallel, Distributed and Network-Centric Systems


Miami, Florida USA

Held in conjunction with the

22nd IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium

April 14-18, 2008

Workshop Program (PDF file)

Friday, April 18, 2008

8.00 - 8.05 Opening Remarks

8.05 – 8.45 Keynote Session

Achieving and Assuring High Availability
Prof. Kishor Trivedi (Duke University, USA)

8.45 – 10.00 Session I:  Fault-Tolerant Parallel and Distributed Computing

Fault-Tolerant Static Scheduling for Grids
Bernhard Fechner, Udo Hönig, Jörg Keller and Wolfram Schiffmann (FernUniversitaet Hagen, Germany)

Fault Tolerant Practices on Network Processors for Dependable Network Processing
Yan Luo and Jie Fan (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)

Investigating Fault Tolerant Computing Systems Reliability
Salvatore Distefano (University of Messina, Italy)

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.45 Session II: Dependability Modelling and Analysis of Distributed Systems

An Integrated Approach for Reliability and Dependability of Wireless Mesh Networks
Georg Lukas , Andre Herms, Svilen Ivanov and Edgar Nett (University of Magdeburg, Germany)

Accuracy vs Efficiency of Hyper-exponential Approximations of the Response Time Distributions of MMPP/M/1 Queues
Paolo Romano, Bruno Ciciani, Andrea Santoro and Francesco Quaglia (University of Roma - La Sapienza, Italy)

Improving Data Availability for a Cluster File System through Replication
Jin Xiong, Jianyu Li, Rongfeng Tang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) and Yiming Hu (University of Cincinnati, USA)

11.45 – 13.45 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15.00  Session III: Network Dependability and Security

An Overlay Protection Layer against Denial-of-Service Attacks
Hakem Beitollahi and Geert Deconinck (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

Rate Avalanche: The Performance Degradation in Multi-rate 802.11 WLANs
Liqiang Zhang and Yu-Jen Cheng (Indiana University, USA) and Xiaobo Zhou (University of Colorado, USA)

Efficient and Dependable Overlay Networks
Jawwad Shamsi and Monica Brockmeyer (Wayne State University, USA)

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16.45  Session IV: Dependability Protocols and Algorithms

Extending Algorithm-Based Fault Tolerance to Tolerate Fail-Stop Failures in High Performance Distributed Environments
Zizhong Chen (Jacksonville State University, USA)

State Management for Distributed Python Applications
Gregory Benson (University of San Francisco, USA)

A Fault-tolerant System for Java and CORBA based Applications
Atul Kumar (Accenture Technology Labs, India), Pankaj Jalote and Deepak Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India)

16.45  Concluding Remarks


Increasingly large and complex parallel, distributed and network-centric computing systems provide unique challenges to the researchers in dependable computing, especially because of the high failure rates intrinsic to these systems. The goal of this workshop in continuation of the FTPDS (Fault-Tolerant Parallel and Distributed Systems) workshop series is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss all aspects of dependability including reliability, availability, safety and security for parallel, distributed and network-centric systems. All aspects of design, theory and realization are of interest.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Program Chair:

Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Italy
e-mail: apuliafito@unime.it

Program Committee:

M. Atighetchi, BBN Technologies, Cambridge, USA
B. Ciciani, University of Roma, Italy
G. Deconinck, University of Leuven, Belgium
A. Doering, IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland
S. Geoghegan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA
K.-E. Grosspietsch, Fraunhofer AIS, Germany
R. Khazan, MIT Lincoln Lab, USA
T. Kikuno, Osaka University, Japan
E. Nett, University of Magdeburg, Germany
D. Nikolos, University of Patras, Greece
F. Quaglia, University of Roma, Italy
P. Romano, University of Roma, Italy
M. Roy, LAAS-CNRS, France
F. Salfner, Humboldt University, Germany
P. Sobe, University of Luebeck, Germany
M. Telek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
C. Trinitis, TU Munich, Germany

Steering Committee:

D. Avresky, IRIANC, Boston USA/Munich Germany (Chair)
E. Maehle, University of Luebeck, Germany

The workshop is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing. For further information, please see

or contact the Program Chair via email:

Submission Guidelines

To submit papers, send the file (at most 8 pages long including figures and references in the IEEE format (see www.ieee.org)) describing original unpublished research by

December 13, 2007

in either Postscript or PDF format electronically via the workshop webpage

All papers will be reviewed.

Notification of authors: December 20, 2007.
Camera-ready papers: January 28, 2008.

The proceedings for workshops will be published (on CD-ROM) along with the
regular proceedings for The IEEE International Parallel & Distributed
Processing Symposium.