Call for papers – Second Workshop on I/O Virtualization (WIOV ’10)

Over the last decade the use of virtualization technology has grown rapidly. Moreover, it is being used in a variety of places, ranging from the data center to the desktop. Although this has spurred great advances in processor and memory virtualization in commodity hardware and virtualization software, I/O virtualization has received far less attention. However, both personal computers and servers may perform significant amounts of I/O. For example, efficient virtualization of graphics hardware has presented significant challenges on the desktop and efficient virtualization of network interfaces has limited server consolidation in the data center.

Following on the success of the First Workshop on I/O Virtualization (WIOV ’08), this one-day workshop is again meant to provide a forum to discuss the challenges of I/O virtualization that cut across the virtual machine monitor, guest operating system, processor, memory subsystem, and I/O subsystem. In that spirit, we welcome papers that describe new challenges in I/O virtualization, papers that describe novel approaches to solving known problems in I/O virtualization, and papers describing real world experiences in the area of I/O virtualization. The final program will consist of both reviewed submissions and invited talks. The invited talks will focus on open problems in I/O virtualization and be accessible to a broad audience.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Networking, storage, graphics, and any other form of I/O

* Hardware support for I/O virtualization

* Novel I/O device architectures for virtualization

* Novel software approaches to I/O virtualization

* Software methods for I/O device emulation

* Para-virtualized I/O device driver design for virtualization

* Virtual machine monitors I/O subsystems

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit short papers of no more than 5 pages using 10pt or larger fonts (figures and references are not included in this 5 page limit). Further submission instructions will be available at

Important Dates:

Submission due: January 22nd, 2010

Notification to authors: February 18th, 2010

Camera ready copy due: March 4th, 2010