Call for Tutorials

Context and Scope

The SOSP 2019 Tutorials Session is a forum for leading work on all aspects of computer systems technology, covering both theory and experimentation. It offers attendees the chance to learn from and to interact with leading experts on the theory and practice of computer systems software.

The tutorials committee is soliciting proposals for half-day (three hours) tutorials.

SOSP tutorials cover a wide range of topics in the areas of operating systems principles including, but not limited to:

  • operating systems
  • file and storage systems
  • distributed systems
  • cloud systems
  • mobile systems
  • secure systems
  • embedded systems
  • dependable systems
  • system management
  • virtualization

Hands-on Tutorials

The SOSP 2019 tutorial committee encourages “hands-on” tutorials – those that give attendees the chance to try pre-prepared demos or exercises during the tutorial. Tutorials focused on “101” courses on new technologies, as well as development, analysis, monitoring and assessment tools are good candidates for hands-on demos, but others may be as well. Priority will be given to tutorials on disruptive technologies and/or with substantial hands-on activities for attendees.

Selected tutorials are welcome to provide a 2-5 minute video pitch to advertise your tutorial, which will be posted on the SOSP 2019 website as well as on other channels (e.g., youtube, facebook, twitter and dedicated ACM channels) in advance of the conference.

If you propose a demo- or exercise-based tutorial, you must include an extra section in your tutorial proposal to convince the tutorials committee that your demo and/or exercises have been thoroughly tested and debugged in a variety of settings, to ensure completely smooth operation at the conference. SOSP 2019 will provide Internet access but no other equipment (other than standard AV for presentations). The demos and exercises may be run on attendee’s laptops (if they have one). If you are planning to create a specific environment for the demos/hands-on exercise (e.g., a virtual machine to execute on attendee’s laptop – encouraged to avoid last-minutes configuration problems during the tutorial), please describe it in a specific section of your proposal, clearly specifying:

  • the type of copyright/license (if any) of the tools and software made available to the attendees (e.g., GPL/open source or free academic license).
  • How the tools and software will be distributed during the session (e.g., USB drives, CD/DVD media, download).


We will create a digital copy containing all tutorial notes (no hard copies). The digital copy will be issued to all tutorial and conference attendees. All tutorial proposals must explicitly agree to the release of the tutorial notes for this purpose.

Authors of selected tutorials will be required to write a 1 page document including i) motivation and goals of the tutorial, ii) organization of the tutorial, iii) related references. The document must follow the main conference guidelines for margins and layout and it will be included in the supplemental volume of the proceedings.

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

Your proposal should clearly describe the target audience and what they will learn. It should discuss in details the tutorial content, schedule, and organization. If your tutorial proposal is a joint effort between presenters from more than one institution, include evidence in your description that the tutorial will be cohesive, and not just a disparate set of talks.

Review Process

Tutorial slots at SOSP 2019 are highly competitive, so carefully consider the following review process guidelines and submission instructions as you prepare your proposal. Submissions will be reviewed by the SOSP 2019 tutorials committee, which will consider among other factors:

  • Insights offered, in breadth and/or depth;
  • Quality of the proposal (clarity, completeness, and cohesiveness of the proposal, quality of the visual aids);
  • Relevance for the SOSP audience and appropriateness for a tutorial;
  • Timeliness of the topic;
  • Potential audience appeal;
  • Presentation history and teaching/speaking experience of the presenters;
  • Evidence that demos or live exercises have been thoroughly tested.

Priority will be given to tutorial on disruptive technologies and/or with substantial hands-on activities for attendees.

How to Submit

Tutorial proposals must be submitted electronically via email to the tutorial chair. The submitted document should contain the following sections:

  1. Abstract in text format (200-word maximum).
  2. A detailed description of the proposed tutorial (3 pages maximum) with the following sections:
    1. Tutorial goals – specifically how attendees will benefit;
    2. Why the topic is relevant to SOSP2019 attendees;
    3. Targeted audience (researchers, students, developers, practitioners, etc.);
    4. Content level (% beginner, % intermediate, % advanced)
    5. Audience prerequisites;
    6. General description of tutorial content;
    7. If your presenters are from different institutions, how you will ensure cohesive tutorial content; and
    8. If your tutorial has been presented previously, list when and where and how you will update it for SOSP 2019.
    9. Detailed outline of the tutorial (1 page maximum in outline form).
    10. A statement about “hands-on” exercises.
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae for each presenter (max 3 presenters, 2-pages maximum each). Make sure this includes a list of short courses the presenter has taught.
  4. A statement agreeing to release the notes for the SOSP 2019 tutorial digital copy

Your proposed “detailed course outline” will be the most critical part of your submission. Submitting samples of visual aids is strongly encouraged, either via a file upload or via a URL.  You may upload these in PDF format separately or as an addendum to your detailed proposal, or you may supply a URL at which the samples may be found.

If your proposal is accepted: Tutorial submissions may be conditionally accepted, pending certain modifications recommended by the committee. You will be required to supply copies of your material about 1 months before the conference. Tutorial presenters will not be supported with any travel grant or honorary and will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Important Information
Conference Website
Email Submission and ContactBianca Schroeder
Important Dates
Submission Deadline July 19, 2019
Notification August 2, 2019
Submission of videos and tutorial summary September 1, 2019
Tutorial Date October 27, 2019