ISMM 2009 Call for Papers

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                 International Symposium on Memory Management 2009

                                CALL FOR PAPERS

ISMM is a forum for research in management of dynamically allocated
memory.  Areas of interest include but are not limited to: explicit
storage allocation and deallocation; garbage collection algorithms and
implementations; compiler analyses to aid memory management;
interactions with languages, operating systems, and hardware,
especially the memory system; memory management related tools; and
empirical studies of allocation and referencing behavior in programs
that make significant use of dynamic memory. ISMM solicits full-length
papers on all areas of memory management. Survey papers that present
an aspect of memory management with a new coherence are also welcome.


General Chair: Hillel Kolodner        Program Chair: Guy L. Steele Jr.

Steering Committee:                   Program Committee:
David F. Bacon, IBM Research          Angela Demke Brown, U. Toronto
Steve Blackburn, ANU                  Dino Distefano, Queen Mary, U.
Amer Diwan, U. Colorado               Dan Grossman, U. Washington
Richard Jones, U. Kent                Ranjit Jhala, UC San Diego
Hillel Kolodner, IBM Haifa Research   Pramod Joisha, HP Labs
Greg Morrisett, Harvard               Matthias Meyer, U. Stuttgart
Eliot Moss, U. Massachusetts          Martin Rinard, MIT
Erez Petrank, Technion                Xipeng Shen, William and Mary
Mooly Sagiv, Tel-Aviv U.              Fridtjof Siebert, Aicas GmbH
Guy L. Steele Jr., Sun Microsystems   Bjarne Steensgaard, Microsoft
                                      Kenjiro Taura, U. Tokyo
                                      Martin Vechev, IBM Research


Full papers:             January 29, 2009 (11:08pm PST)
Author response period:  March 5-6, 2009
Notification:            March 12, 2009
Camera-ready copy:       April 6, 2009

Submissions will be read by the program committee and designated
reviewers, and judged on scientific merit, innovation, readability,
and relevance.  Papers previously published or already being reviewed
by another conference are not eligible; if a closely related paper has
been submitted to a journal, the authors must notify the program
(see the SIGPLAN republication policy).  Note:  this year the
submission deadline for ISMM is two days after the author notification
deadline for PLDI, to make it possible for authors of relevant papers
not accepted for PLDI to submit them to ISMM.

Submissions should be no more than 10 pages (including bibliography,
excluding well marked appendices) in standard ACM SIGPLAN conference
format:  two columns, nine-point font (or larger) on a ten-point
baseline (or larger), with columns 20pc (3.33in) wide and 54pc (9in)
tall, and a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in).  Detailed formatting
guidelines are available at the URL below, along with formatting
templates or style files for LaTeX. Papers that violate these
guidelines will be rejected by the program chair.  Program committee
members are not required to read appendices, and so a paper should be
intelligible without them.  All accepted papers will appear in the
published proceedings.

Double-blind reviewing

The ISMM paper reviewing process uses double-blind reviewing and
provides an opportunity for rebuttal.  In double-blind reviewing, the
authors are anonymous to the reviewers, just as reviewers are
anonymous to the authors.  Authors are required to make reasonable
efforts not to disclose their identities to reviewers.  For example,
you should not give your names nor mention your institution, research
group or project name, etc.  Where necessary for flow, you could say
"the XYZ project" and add in a footnote that the name is withheld.
Discuss your own prior work in the third person, as you would other
related work.  Avoid making paper drafts too public, to reduce the
possibility of inadvertently revealing your identities to reviewers.
Authors will be able to provide reviewers with anonymous auxiliary
material such as proofs and source code via the PC Chair (see below).
Reviewers, for their part, will be honor-bound not to try to discover
authors' identities, which will be known only by the program chair
until a suitable point in the program committee's deliberations.  We
are using this process because research indicates that author
anonymity reduces bias in reviewing.

Auxiliary Material

When submitting papers to ISMM 09, authors will be able to provide the
PC Chair with a URL for upload of auxiliary material.  The URL itself
will not be seen by reviewers.  The authors may reference such
material in their paper, noting that the material has been made
available to the PC Chair.  This facility may be used by authors to
provide reviewers with useful information beyond the scope of the
submitted paper, such as technical reports, proofs, and source code,
without disclosing the authors' identity.  Authors are obliged to make
reasonable efforts to make all auxiliary material suitably anonymous.
Authors are reminded that reviewers are under no obligation to read
any auxiliary material.

Review committee

ISMM 09 follows the practice introduced for ISSM 2008 of using a
separate Review Committee (RC) as part of the reviewing process.  The
RC complements the Program Committee (PC) by providing expert reviews.
The same reviewing standards apply to the RC as for the PC.  However,
RC members review only around four papers each, and do not participate
in the PC meeting.  The purpose of the RC is to increase the breadth
and depth of the reviewer pool, thus increasing the likelihood of
conflict-free expert reviews.  This approach should be more practical
with double-blind reviewing than ad hoc expert review assignments (as
used by a number of conferences).  The formal selection process,
transparency of its constituency, and the fact that each reviewer will
review multiple papers should increase the quality and accountability
of reviews as compared to traditional ad hoc expert review


The rebuttal process will occur in early March 2009, and will give the
authors opportunity to respond succinctly to factual errors in
reviews, before the program committee meets to make its decisions.
The committee may, but need not, respond to rebuttals or revise
reviews at or after the committee meeting.


Submitted papers must be in English and formatted to print on US
Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) paper.  Submissions must contain an abstract
and postal and electronic mailing addresses for at least one contact
author.  All papers must be submitted on-line, preferably in Portable
Document Format (PDF), although the submission system will also accept


The proceedings will be published by the ACM.  Authors should read the
ACM Author Guidelines and related information.  Authors of accepted
papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the
conference.  For additional information please feel free to contact
the Program Chair, Guy Steele, (Guy.Steele at

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