Call for Papers

Note:  With the current COVID-19 situation we are uncertain about how things will develop worldwide until September. If conditions allow, we will have a physical conference meeting in Shanghai as planned. Otherwise, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will arrange for a virtual meeting with online presentations, discussion panels, Q&A sessions and discussion fora.  In either case, anyone will be able to attend the conference online.

The 39th International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS 2020) is a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in distributed systems design, development and evaluation, with emphasis on reliability, availability, safety, dependability, security, and real-time. We welcome Research Papers describing original research as well as design, development and experimental results of operational systems, Practical Experience Reports describing ongoing industrial projects, prototype systems and exploratory or emerging applications, and Tool Papers describing architecture, implementation and usage of substantive tools to aid the research and practice of reliable distributed systems. Papers will be assessed with criteria appropriate to each category.

The authors of the best ranked papers of SRDS will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers to IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

Topics of Interest

The major areas of interest include the following topics:

  • Dependability, security and privacy of distributed systems including, but not limited to, cloud, high-performance, fog, and edge computing; distributed data storage and processing; distributed machine learning and AI; safety-critical distributed systems; Internet of Things, vehicular, robotic, cyber-physical and mobile systems.
  • Techniques and algorithms advancing the state-of-the-art in fault tolerance, fault recovery, robustness, self-stabilization, self-healing, scalability, and real-time for distributed systems. These include, but are not limited to, coordination, replication, failure prediction and detection, microservices, transactions, and blockchains.
  • Methods and tools for the design, implementation, verification, validation, and operation of dependable and secure distributed applications, middleware, operating systems and hardware.
  • Analytical, simulative and experimental assessment of dependable and secure distributed systems, in particular, when in real settings or with real data and in large scale and complex environments.

Important Dates

All deadlines are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.
We will keep the registration site open until the full paper submission deadline.

Abstract Submission May 8th, 2020  (extended to May 22, 2020)
Full Paper Submission May 15th, 2020 (extended to May 29, 2020)
Notification to Authors July 10th, 2020 (extended to July 17, 2020)
Camera-Ready August 2nd, 2020 (same as before)
Sept. 21st to Sept. 24th, 2020


Papers must be written in English. Research Papers, Practical Experience Reports, and Tool Papers should be no longer than 10 pages, including references, following the IEEE two-column format for conference proceedings. Additional details to substantiate the main claims of the paper, suchs as proofs, data tables or code snippets, can be included in a clearly marked appendix beyond the page limit, read at the reviewers discretion. Authors are requested to first register their submissions and then submit their manuscripts in PDF format at the Easychair page. All submissions are single-blind.

If you have any question regarding paper submission, please do not hesitate to contact the conference PC Chairs: Borzoo Bonakdarpour, Chao Li and Marko Vukolić

Camera Ready Submission / Author Kit

For the accepted papers to be included in the proceedings, the camera-ready version must be submitted by using the recommended format. The final PDF has to conform to the requirements for publishing on IEEE Xplore. In addition, the IEEE copyright form has to be submitted and at least one author of the paper must register to the conference at a full rate. The registration must cover any over-length page charge. All the steps listed above must be completed by August 2nd, 2020.

Please note that we will not be able to include your paper in the conference proceedings or in IEEE Xplore if you do not follow the instructions below. The conference organizer also reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore) if it is not presented at the conference.

Best Paper Award

All accepted papers SRDS will compete for the "Prof. C. V. Ramamoorthy Best Paper Award". The SRDS Best Paper is named after Prof. Chittoor V. Ramamoorthy, who was instrumental in the 80's for the success of SRDS, many of his former students have also significantly contributed to the conference.

In addition, the authors of the best ranked papers of SRDS will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.


SRDS 2020 PC Chairs