Conference on Principles of Distributed Systems

17-19 December, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

About OPODIS 2019

About OPODIS 2019

is an open forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge concerning distributed computing and distributed computer systems. All aspects of distributed systems are within the scope of OPODIS, including theory, specification, design, performance, and system building. With strong roots in the theory of distributed systems, OPODIS now covers the whole range between the theoretical aspects and practical implementations of distributed systems, as well as experimentation and quantitative assessments.


Université de Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Tuesday to Thursday
17-19 December

Call for Papers

OPODIS is an open forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge concerning distributed computing and distributed computer systems. OPODIS aims at having a balanced program that combines theory and practice of distributed systems. OPODIS solicits papers in all aspects of distributed systems, including theory, specification, design, system building, and performance. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Biological distributed algorithms
  • Blockchain technology and theory
  • Communication networks (protocols, architectures, services, applications)
  • Cloud computing and data centers
  • Dependable distributed algorithms and systems
  • Design and analysis of concurrent and distributed data structures
  • Design and analysis of distributed algorithms
  • Randomization in distributed computing
  • Social systems, peer-to-peer and overlay networks
  • Distributed event processing
  • Distributed operating systems, middleware, and distributed database systems
  • Distributed storage and file systems, large-scale systems, and big data analytics
  • Edge computing
  • Embedded and energy-efficient distributed systems
  • Game-theory and economical aspects of distributed computing
  • Security and privacy, cryptographic protocols
  • Synchronization, concurrent algorithms, shared and transactional memory
  • Impossibility results for distributed computing
  • High-performance, cluster, cloud and grid computing
  • Internet of things and cyber-physical systems
  • Mesh and ad-hoc networks (wireless, mobile, sensor), location and context-aware systems
  • Mobile agents, robots, and rendezvous
  • Programming languages, formal methods, specification and verification applied to distributed systems
  • Self-stabilization, self-organization, autonomy
  • Distributed deployments of Machine Learning
Double-blind review

We will use double-blind peer review in OPODIS 2019. All submissions must be anonymous. We will use a somewhat relaxed implementation of double-blind peer review in OPODIS 2019: you are free to disseminate your work through arXiv and other online repositories and give presentations on your work as usual. However, please make sure you do not mention your own name or affiliation in the submission, and please do not include obvious references that reveal your identity. A reviewer who has not previously seen the paper should be able to read it without accidentally learning the identity of the authors. Please feel free to ask the PC chairs if you have any questions about the double-blind policy of OPODIS 2019.


Papers are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair at the following Submission link (TBA). Submissions must be in English in pdf format and they must be prepared using the LaTeX style templates for LIPIcs and choosing the A4 paper option. A submission must not exceed 16 pages, including the cover page, figures, tables and references. The cover page should include the title of the paper, the authors’ names, affiliations and e-mails, the contact author, a list of keywords, and an abstract of 1 to 2 paragraphs summarizing the contributions of the submission. The submission must contain a clear presentation of the merits of the paper, including discussion of its importance, prior work, and an outline of key technical ideas and methods used to achieve the main claims. All of the ideas necessary for an expert to fully verify the central claims in the submission, including experimental results, should be included either in the submission or in a clearly marked appendix. The appendix will be read at the discretion of the reviewers. If desired, the appendix can be a copy of the full paper. A submission must report on original research that has not previously appeared in a journal or conference with published proceedings. It should not be concurrently submitted to such a journal or conference. Any overlap with a published or concurrently submitted paper must be clearly indicated. The Program Chairs reserve the right to reject submissions that are out of scope, of clearly inferior quality, or that violate the submission guidelines. Each of the remaining papers will undergo a thorough reviewing process.


OPODIS has post-proceedings published by Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) in gold open access mode. The proceedings become available online, free of charge, after the conference. Preliminary versions of the proceedings will be available to participants at the conference electronically. The camera-ready version of a paper must have the same format and be of the same length as its submitted version.


Awards will be given to the best paper and the best student paper (i.e. primarily written by a student). Eligibility for the best student paper award should be clearly indicated on the cover page.

Important Dates

  • Abstract registration: Saturday, August 31, 2019 (strict)
  • Submission deadline: Thursday, September 5, 2019 (strict)
  • Acceptance notification: Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Final version due: November 14, 2019
  • Conference: December 17-19, 2019

Organising Committee

  • General Chair:
    • Pascal Felber (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Organising Chair:
    • Valerio Schiavoni (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Proceedings Chair:
    • Avery Miller (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • Steering Committee:
    • James Aspnes (Yale, USA)
    • Xavier Défago (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
    • Faith Ellen (University of Toronto, Canada)
    • Pascal Felber (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    • Alessia Milani (University of Bordeaux, France)
    • Luis Rodriguez (University of Lisboa, Portugal)
    • Sébastien Tixeuil (Sorbonne University, France) (chair)
    • Yukiko Yamauchi (University Kyushu, Japan)

Program Committee

  • Program Committee Co-Chairs:
    • Roy Friedman (Technion, Israel)
    • Seth Gilbert (NUS, Singapore)
  • Program Committee:
    • James Aspnes (Yale, USA)
    • John Augustine (Indian Institute Of Technology Madras, India)
    • Michael A. Bender (Stony Brook University, USA)
    • Natacha Crooks (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
    • Gianlorenzo D'Angelo (Gran Sasso Science Institute - GSSI, Italy)
    • Elias Duarte (Federal University of Parana, Brazil)
    • Xavier Défago (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
    • Gil Einziger (Technion, Israel)
    • Paola Flocchini (University of Ottawa, Canada)
    • Pierre Fraigniaud (CNRS and University Paris Diderot, France)
    • Cyril Gavoille (LaBRI, University of Bordeaux, France)
    • Valerie Issarny (INRIA, France)
    • Alex Kogan (Oracle Labs, USA)
    • Fabian Kuhn (University of Freiburg, Germany)
    • Alberto Montresor (University of Trento, Italy)
    • Adam Morrison (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
    • Calvin Newport (Georgetown University, USA)
    • Gopal Pandurangan (University of Houston, USA)
    • Marta Patino (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
    • Sebastiano Peluso (Amazon Web Services, USA)
    • Jose Pereira (University of Minho, Portugal)
    • Peter Robinson (McMasters University, Canada)
    • Luis Rodrigues (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
    • Christian Scheideler (University of Paderborn, Germany)
    • Roman Vitenberg (University of Oslo, Norway)
    • Chaodong Zheng (Nanjing University, China)


Venue location info and gallery

Faculty of Sciences, University of Neuchâtel

OPODIS'19 will be held in the Faculty of Sciences of Neuchâtel's University, close to Neuchâtel's train station. The city is easy to reach by plane and by train (see the travel section for more information). The hotels provided in the accommodation page are all located in the city center. Neuchâtel is a small town and you will probably not need to use public transport during the conference, but if you do, the site transN (Transports Neuchâtelois) will give you the schedules. Hotels should provide you with a Transport Card to gain free access to the whole of the canton of Neuchâtel's public transport network..


Travel informations to reach the city of Neuchâtel.

By train

Neuchâtel is well connected to the European train network. It is within 4 hours from Paris with the TGV. Train schedules can be obtained from the Swiss Federal Railways web site. There are no reservations for Swiss trains. The network is very dense and the trains are frequent. Generally there is at least one train every hour between major cities. You have to buy the ticket before you board the train. You have to pay the full price, the half-price requires the purchase of a specific half-price card. For those arriving by plane to Geneva or Zürich, there are direct train connections between the airports themselves and Neuchâtel.

By plane

Neuchâtel is close to the following airports:

  • Geneva airport [1h20 by direct train]: GVA is a main hub of EasyJet (approximately 75 routes).
  • Zürich Airport [1h50 by direct train]: ZRH is the largest airport in Switzerland with connections to many European and intercontinental destination.
  • The EuroAirport Basel, Mulhouse, Freiburg [1h50 via Basel] is also an EasyJet hub at a distance comparable to that of Geneva. A direct bus connects the airport to the Basel train station.

By car

It is possible to come by car, taking into account the following two points:

  • If you wish to use the Swiss motorways, you have to purchase a sticker that costs worth 40 CHF and is sold at service stations and at the border crossing.
  • It is not easy to park a car in the city center and car parks are expensive. It is recommended that you contact your hotel or the tourist office to ask where to park for free or at a reasonable cost.


A block of rooms at reduced price can be booked here.


We are grateful to our sponsors for the support to OPODIS'19.


Registrations are still closed. We will announce details in the coming weeks.