Symposium on Operating Systems Principles

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The Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is one of the most prestigious single-track academic conferences on operating systems.[1][2][3][4][5]

SOSP is held every other year, alternating with the conference on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI). The first SOSP was held in 1967. It is sponsored by the ACM's Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS).


The inaugural conference was held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on 1–4 October 1967 at the Mountain View Hotel.[6] There were fifteen papers in total, of which three presentations were in the Computer Networks and Communications session.[7] Larry Roberts presented his plan for the ARPANET, which at that point was based on Wesley Clark's proposal for a message switching network.[8][9][10][11] Jack Dennis from MIT discussed the merits of a more general data communications network. Roger Scantlebury, a member of Donald Davies' team from the UK National Physical Laboratory, presented their research on packet switching for data communications and mentioned the work of Paul Baran. After the meeting, Scantlebury proposed packet switching for use in the ARPANET and persuaded Roberts that the economics were favorable to message switching. The ARPA team enthusiastically received the idea and Roberts incorporated it into the ARPANET design.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

In total, seven conferences out of 28 have been held outside the USA. The first conference held outside the USA was in Saint-Malo, France in 1997. Other countries to have hosted the conference are Canada, the UK, Portugal, China and Germany.[18]

List of conferences[edit]

The conferences are held every two years, beginning in 1967, when the first SOSP conference took place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.[18]

No Year Dates Location
1 1967 Oct 1-4 Gatlinburg, TN USA
2 1969 Oct 20-22 Princeton, NJ USA
3 1971 Oct 18-20 Palo Alto, CA USA
4 1973 Oct 15-17 Yorktown Heights, NY USA
5 1975 Nov 19-21 Austin, TX USA
6 1977 Nov 16-18 West Lafayette, IN USA
7 1979 Dec 10-12 Pacific Grove, CA USA
8 1981 Dec 14-16 Pacific Grove, CA USA
9 1983 Oct 10-13 Bretton Woods, NH USA
10 1985 Dec 1-4 Orcas Island, WA USA
11 1987 Nov 8-11 Austin, TX USA
12 1989 Dec 3-6 Litchfield Park, AZ USA
13 1991 Oct 13-16 Pacific Grove, CA USA
14 1993 Dec 5-8 Asheville, NC USA
15 1995 Dec 3-6 Copper Mountain Resort, CO USA
16 1997 Oct 5-8 Saint-Malo, France
17 1999 Dec 12-15 Kiawah Island Resort, SC USA
18 2001 Oct 21-24 Chateau Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
19 2003 Oct 19-22 Bolton Landing, NY USA
20 2005 Oct 23-26 Brighton, UK
21 2007 Oct 14-17 Stevenson, WA USA
22 2009 Oct 11-14 Big Sky, MT USA
23 2011 Oct 23-26 Cascais, Portugal
24 2013 Nov 3-6 Farmington, PA USA
25 2015 Oct 4-7 Monterey, CA USA
26 2017 Oct 28-31 Shanghai, China
27 2019 Oct 27-30 Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
28 2021 Oct 25-28 Koblenz, Germany

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  1. ^ "Top-ranked Conferences in "Operating Systems"". Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  2. ^ "Computer Science Conference Rankings". Archived from the original on 2019-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
  3. ^ "". The most prestigious conferences (SOSP, OSDI) have had such papers in each of last few editions.
  4. ^ "Open Kernel Labs Paper on Formal Verification Wins Top Prize at Prestigious SOSP Conference : Open Kernel Labs". Archived from the original on 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  5. ^ "In Silicon Valley for the summer | /Dev/Rant". Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  6. ^ Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed (Electronic Mediations). Minneapolis,Minnesota USA: Univ Of Minnesota Press. 2018. ISBN 9781452957579.
  7. ^ Gosden, J; Randell, B, eds. (1967). Proceedings of the ACM symposium on Operating System Principles - SOSP '67. New York, New York, USA: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/800001.
  8. ^ Press, Gil. "A Very Short History Of The Internet And The Web". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-02-07. Roberts' proposal that all host computers would connect to one another directly ... was not endorsed ... Wesley Clark ... suggested to Roberts that the network be managed by identical small computers, each attached to a host computer. Accepting the idea, Roberts named the small computers dedicated to network administration 'Interface Message Processors' (IMPs), which later evolved into today's routers.
  9. ^ Roberts, Lawrence (1967). "Multiple computer networks and intercomputer communication" (PDF). Multiple Computer Networks and Intercomputer Communications. pp. 3.1–3.6. doi:10.1145/800001.811680. S2CID 17409102. Thus the set of IMP's, plus the telephone lines and data sets would constitute a message switching network
  10. ^ "SRI Project 5890-1; Networking (Reports on Meetings).[1967]". Retrieved 2020-02-15. W. Clark's message switching proposal (appended to Taylor's letter of April 24, 1967 to Engelbart)were reviewed.
  11. ^ Needham, Roger M. (2002-12-01). "Donald Watts Davies, C.B.E. 7 June 1924 – 28 May 2000". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 48: 87–96. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2002.0006. S2CID 72835589. Larry Roberts presented a paper on early ideas for what was to become ARPAnet. This was based on a store-and-forward method for entire messages, but as a result of that meeting the NPL work helped to convince Roberts that packet switching was the way forward.
  12. ^ Abbate, Jane (2000). Inventing the Internet. MIT Press. p. 38. ISBN 0262261332. The NPL group influenced a number of American computer scientists in favor of the new technique, and they adopted Davies's term "packet switching" to refer to this type of network. Roberts also adopted some specific aspects of the NPL design.
  13. ^ Gillies, James; Cailliau, Robert (2000). How the Web was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web. Oxford University Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-0192862075. Roberts was quick to latch on to a good idea. 'Suddenly I learned how to route packets,' he later said of the Gatlinburg conference.
  14. ^ "Oral-History:Donald Davies & Derek Barber". Retrieved 13 April 2016. the ARPA network is being implemented using existing telegraphic techniques simply because the type of network we describe does not exist. It appears that the ideas in the NPL paper at this moment are more advanced than any proposed in the USA
  15. ^ Barber, Derek (Spring 1993). "The Origins of Packet Switching". The Bulletin of the Computer Conservation Society (5). ISSN 0958-7403. Retrieved 6 September 2017. Roger actually convinced Larry that what he was talking about was all wrong and that the way that NPL were proposing to do it was right. I've got some notes that say that first Larry was sceptical but several of the others there sided with Roger and eventually Larry was overwhelmed by the numbers.
  16. ^ Naughton, John (2015). "8 Packet post". A Brief History of the Future: The origins of the Internet. Hachette UK. ISBN 978-1474602778. they lacked one vital ingredient. Since none of them had heard of Paul Baran they had no serious idea of how to make the system work. And it took an English outfit to tell them. ... Larry Roberts paper was the first public presentation of the ARPANET concept as conceived with the aid of Wesley Clark ... Looking at it now, Roberts paper seems extraordinarily, well, vague.
  17. ^ "Donald Davies". Internet Hall of Frame. Retrieved 2020-02-15. America's Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA), and the ARPANET received his network design enthusiastically
  18. ^ a b "Symposium on Operating Systems Principles". SOSP.ORG. Retrieved 2020-02-15.

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