Call for Papers

The 40th International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS 2021) is a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in distributed systems design, development and evaluation, with an emphasis on reliability, availability, safety, dependability, security, verification, and real-time systems.

We welcome the following types of submissions:

  • research papers, describing original research as well as design, development and experimental results of distributed systems;
  • practical experience reports describing ongoing industrial projects, prototype systems and exploratory or emerging applications;
  • tool papers describing architecture, implementation and usage of substantive tools to support research, development and opertation of reliable distributed systems.

Papers will be assessed with criteria appropriate to each category.

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, micro-services, 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-world settings or with real-world data and in large scale and complex environments.

Important Dates

All deadlines are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.

Abstract Submission April 9, 2021 April 16th, 2021
Full Paper Submission April 16, 2021 April 23rd, 2021
Rebuttal May 20 to May 21 June 4th to June 5th, 2021
Notification to Authors June 18, 2021 June 22nd, 2021
Camera-Ready July 5, 2021 July 22nd, 2021


  • 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.
  • Submissions should not reveal the identity of the authors in any way. I.e., no names, addresses and affiliations should appear in the paper and any references to their own related work should be in the third person. The conference's double blind review process should avoid bias, yet nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult. In particular, important references should not be omitted or anonymized. Authors with further questions on double-blind reviewing are encouraged to contact the PC chairs by email.
  • If you have any question regarding paper submission, please do not hesitate to contact the conference PC Chairs: Roberto Palmieri and Yvonne-Anne Pignolet.

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.