The 16th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '18) brings together storage-system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems. The program committee will interpret "storage systems" broadly; papers on low-level storage devices, distributed storage systems, and information management are all of interest. The conference will consist of technical presentations including refereed papers, Work-in-Progress (WiP) reports, poster sessions, and tutorials.
FAST accepts both full-length and short papers. Both types of submissions are reviewed to the same standards and differ primarily in the scope of the ideas expressed. Short papers are limited to half the space of full-length papers. The program committee will not accept a full paper on the condition that it is cut down to fit in the short paper page limit, nor will it invite short papers to be extended to full length. Submissions will be considered only in the category in which they are submitted.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to: -Archival storage systems -Auditing and provenance -Big data, analytics, and data sciences -Caching, replication, and consistency -Cloud storage -Data deduplication -Database storage -Distributed and networked storage (wide-area, grid, peer-to-peer) -Empirical evaluation of storage systems -Experience with deployed systems -File system design -High-performance file systems -Key-value and NoSQL storage -Memory-only storage systems -Mobile, personal, embedded, and home storage -Parallel I/O and storage systems -Power-aware storage architectures -RAID and erasure coding -Reliability, availability, and disaster tolerance -Search and data retrieval -Solid state storage technologies and uses (e.g., flash, byte-addressable NVM) -Storage management -Storage networking -Storage performance and QoS -Storage security