Dear Colleagues,

This is a (late) invitation to attend PODC 2003, July 13-16, Boston, MA. PODC (Principles of Distributed Computing) is the leading conference on distributed computing and algorithms. This conference is a great opportunity for interaction and cooperation between security/crypto folks and the distributed computing community, and we hope many of you can join us. It should also be fun.

Conference dates: 13-16 July 2003
Early registration deadline: 18 June 2003
Hotel reservation deadline: 12 June 2003

SECURITY TRACK: Lectures, Tutorials, and Invited Talks
The security track will include (no separate registration/fee necessary):
-- 3 great keynote speakers: Silvio Micali, Ross Anderson and Butler Lampson
-- 8 regular talks (selected out of over 75 submissions to the security track)
-- 4 brief announcements
-- Two tutorials on July 13th: Incentives and Internet Computation by Joan Feigenbaum (Yale) and Scott Shenker (ICSI), and Content Protection Technologies by Jeff Lotspiech, Tushar Chandra, and Donald E. Leake, Jr. (IBM).
-- PODC this year will include a special `Fischer's Fest` event, in honor of At least one of the special lectures as part of this event is on `Fischer's Cryptographic Protocols`, by Rebecca Wright. Other talks in Fisher's Fest will be given by Leslie Lamport, Nancy Lynch and Albert Mayer (Leslie and Albert did not provide title yet so they may also discuss crypto/privacy issues...).

General PODC Information
See below `call for participation`.

I hope you will join us for a great conference in July!

Amir Herzberg
PODC 2003 Security Track Chair
Twenty-second Annual ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on
(PODC 2003)
13-16 July 2003
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

PODC focuses on the design, specification, implementation, application
and theory of distributed systems. This year, PODC has a Security in
Distributed Computing Special Track with papers and invited talks on
topics in the intersection of security and distributed computing. In
addition, we are celebrating Michael Fischer's sixtieth birthday with
a series of lectures illustrating the impact of his work.
Conference dates: 13-16 July 2003
Early registration deadline: 18 June 2003
Hotel reservation deadline: 12 June 2003
The program for PODC 2003 includes 35 regular paper presentations,
16 brief announcements, 8 invited talks and 2 tutorials. Acceptance
for PODC 2003 was highly competitive, with over 200 regular paper
submissions. The full program can be found at
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Distributed middleware platforms, operating systems, and databases
- Multiprocessor/cluster architectures, algorithms, and performance
- Distributed computing issues in the Internet and the Web
- Hardware, software and compiler support for coordination and synchronization
- Mobile computing
- Communication network protocols and architectures
- High-performance distributed computing and the computational grid
- P2P computing
- Distributed algorithms and their complexity
- Fault tolerance and availability in distributed systems.
- Distributed cryptographic and security protocols
- Specification, semantics, and verification of distributed systems
PODC 2003 is being held in the Sheraton hotel in Needham, Massachusetts,
conveniently located 12 miles west of Boston. A block of rooms has been
reserved at the low conference rate of $125/night + taxes. To get the
conference rate, call (800)274-3728 on or before Thursday, 12 June 2003
and identify yourself as being with the ACM group. More information
about the hotel is available at
Registration for PODC 2003 is available from a page off the main website
at The registration fees (in US dollars)
by June 18 after June 18
ACM members $325 $430
Non-ACM members $410 $540
Students $130 $210
These fees do *not* include the cost of the hotel, but they do include
some meals, including the conference banquet on Tuesday, July 15.

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