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Relational databases have been for a long time the keystone of information systems' dependability. Database management systems offer a uniform approach to data integrity, durability, and availability, using tried and tested techniques based on a set of unanimously accepted and well understood assumptions. There is however a growing call for unprecedented levels of scalability that challenges traditional data management architectures, namely, to cope with cloud computing and peer-to-peer systems. A common principle in all such emerging proposals, with a profound impact in dependability, is that large scale distribution is a core assumption in their design. This translates in very large number of nodes, wide area geographical distribution, diverse administrative domains, and pervasive heterogeneity. The current trend of specialized systems for social networking applications, text indexing, data warehousing, stream processing, and highly flexible data storage further push the envelope for radically different data management solutions. It is thus desirable to reevaluate time tested assumptions that underly the dependability mechanisms in data management systems and explore different performance and functionality tradeoffs, and the consequences on complex information systems built on them.


The workshop targets research on databases systems, dependable, distributed and mobile computing, distributed storage, management and security. Namely, we seek contributions that tackle the following perceived challenges:


The workshop welcomes Short Position Papers with early and/or controversial ideas that foster discussion but are not (yet) fully developed. Submissions will not be refereed. They will be screened by the organizers for relevance and accepted according to available presentation slots. The maximum size is 4 pages in the ACM Conference Proceedings style.


Submissions should be created using the ACM SIG Proceedings Templates to generate a file which follows the ACM guidelines. For instructions on how to use this format, see:

To submit, send the paper in PDF format to:

In order to get included in the EuroSys 2009 proceedings CD, accepted contributions must be presented at the workshop and comply with the ACM Copyright Policy.