pdsw-DISCS 2017:

2nd Joint International Workshop on Parallel Data Storage & Data Intensive Scalable Computing Systems

held in conjunction with SC17

Monday, November 13, 2017
Denver, CO

Program Co-Chairs:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

General Chair:


PDSW-DISCS 2017 Accepted Technical Paper Deadlines and Instructions

TENTATIVE Deadline information:

E-copyrights and camera ready due: October 10, 2017
Slides due: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 BEFORE the workshop - please email them to Joan.

The PDSW-DISCS Workshop holds a peer reviewed competitive process for selecting short papers. Submit a not previously published short paper of no more than 5 pages long (not including references), not less than 10 point font, in PDF format.

copyright instructions

Instructions on submitting copyright will be sent soon to each contact author. It is extremely important that authors submit their copyright info as soon as possible after receiving this email as your paper will be denied publication without it. Once you have submitted your copyright info, you will receive further information on how to include it on your final paper.

Camera ready instructions

Copyright info: 

All final papers must include on their first page the appropriate copyright and bibliographic lines. The text can vary, depending upon whether or not the authors are associated with a government, or if the paper copyright is owned by a government. It is your responsibility to read the information that confirms your copyright and make sure the text is correct. The confirmation from ACM will specify exactly what to include. The full text must be included, exactly as shown. All this information must appear in the lower lefthand corner on the first page of your PDF file.  Note that the ACM templates already account for this, and the email will give you the exact block of text to copy into each type of template (MSWord or LaTeX).

Previously copyrighted material: 

Make sure your manuscript contains no previously copyrighted material (whether text, images, or tables) unless it is properly cited. NOTE: This guideline also applies to materials from your own previous papers; the only difference between re-using your own work and someone else’s is that you don’t need to quotation marks around text that you wrote – it still needs to be cited any time it appears. For details, see ACM’s guidelines at http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/plagiarism_policy. Violation of these guidelines will result in your paper being withdrawn from the conference proceedings.

Text formatting:

Your paper must be no more than 6 pages long, including references. The paper must be formatted for US letter (8.5in x 11in) paper and conform to ACM’s guidelines. Use the templates available at:
If you are using MSWord, choose the template at the top of the page. If you are using LaTeX, see the special instructions in Special Instructions for LaTeX Users (at the end of this page).

After you download the template bundle, please use the "sigconf" proceedings template.

Please do not include page numbers on your paper!

Style requirements: 

Please note the following style requirements:

a) The authors listed in the same order that they appear on the paper.  Make sure their names are spelled correctly, using a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters.  Do not use “honorifics” (Mr., Dr., etc.).  Put a period after any initials used as part of an author’s name.  For example:

“John E. Shaw”
but not “Dr. John E. Shaw”
and not “John E Shaw” or “JOHN E SHAW”

b) Spell each author’s institution exactly as it appears on the institution’s own webpage, with the exception that if the webpage starts with “The” remove it so the names will sort properly (e.g., “Ohio State University” rather than “The Ohio State University” so it will sort under O rather than T).

c) The title exactly as it will appear on the final paper.  Be sure to follow these requirements:

  • Use mixed upper-and lower-case characters.  For example:
       “Data Deduplication in HPC Storage Systems”
       but not “Data deduplication in HPC storage systems”
       and not “Data Deduplication in HPC Storage Systems”
  • Hyphens are fine, but capitalize both parts of the hyphenated word (“Long-Term” rather than “long-term”)
  • Use “HPC” rather than spelling out High Performance Computing
  • Use colons rather than dashes (“RIDX:  A New Tool…” rather than “RIDX – A New Tool…”)
  • Where not part of a formal institutional name, Americanize spellings (“center” rather than “centre”)

d) The abstract exactly as it appears on the final paper. Maximum length is 150 words.

PDF quality: 

There is no printed SC Proceedings; it is given to attendees in digital format and preserved in two international archives: the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore. We want your paper to view well on all platforms and to print well on all printers. Please make sure that details in figures are readable in print. 

No bitmapped fonts: 

The final version of your paper must use PDF format with Type 1 fonts (scalable), not Type3 (bit mapped), and all of them must be embedded within the PDF file. This should only be a problem if you are using LaTeX, Apple software prior to Mac OS 9, or a really old version of a PDF writer. To verify what fonts are in your PDF file, open the file and select File->Properties, then the “Fonts” tab. All fonts should show as TrueType or Type 1. If not, you will need to fix the problem. It is absolutely essential that you substitute Adobe Postscript Type 1 fonts for all bitmap fonts (e.g., Postscript Type 3 bitmapped fonts, PCL fonts, MacOS bitmap fonts, Windows vector fonts), which may have been used for equations, tables, figures, etc.; they display poorly on-screen in PDF files and sometimes cause printing problems.

PDF size: 

Avoid unnecessarily large (in MB) images within your paper, since they complicate downloads and can make printing difficult or impossible on modest printers. SC cannot accept papers larger than 4MB in total size.

Selection of Keywords: 

We strongly encourage you to classify your paper using standardized keywords such as those in the Computing Classification System, as described at http://www.acm.org/about/class/how-to-use. This will allow people who use standard search terms to find your publication much more easily.


We strongly recommend that you check each of the references in your reference section for completeness and format, using the guidelines in the ACM templates.

Special Instructions for LaTeX Users

The final version of your paper must use PDF format with Type 1 fonts (scalable), not Type3 (bit mapped).  All fonts must be embedded within the PDF file.  This should only be a problem if you are using LaTeX, Apple software prior to Mac OS 9, or a really old version of a PDF writer.   See Step 3e in the main part of this document for information on how to verify whether or not your fonts are correct.
Here are some hints for how to avoid bitmapped fonts in LaTeX:

  • Method 1: Explicitly specify a Type 1 font in your .tex file (e.g., \usepackage{times}).  This method will not improve any bitmap math equations you happen to have in your text unless you also use the AMS Type 1 fonts (download at http://www.ams.org/tex/type1-fonts.htm).
  • Method 2: Use the printer flag when making the ps file from dvi (e.g., dvips -Ppdf myFile.dvi -o myFile.ps or dvips -Pcmz myFile.dvi -o myFile.ps)
  • Method 3: Bypass the dvi and ps stuff by using pdflatex (e.g., pdflatex myFile.tex).  This method will not work with some types of figures/images (especially ps and eps), so to use it you may need to first convert your images to jpg or png.