Conferences

In addition to group meetings/workshops, seven IFIP Working Conferences on Dependable Computing for Critical Applications (DCCA) were organized by WG 10.4 between 1989 and 1999.

  • DCCA-1: Santa Barbara, California, USA, August 1989.

  • DCCA-2: Tucson, Arizona, USA, February 1991.

  • DCCA-3: Palermo, Italy, September 1992.

  • DCCA-4: San Diego, California, USA, January 1994.

  • DCCA-5: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, September 1995.

  • DCCA-6: Grainau, Gemany (near Garmisch-Partenkirchen), March 1997.

  • DCCA-7: San Jose, California, USA, January 1999.

The proceedings were published as books in the series Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerant Systems, described further elsewhere.

IFIP WG 10.4 has had a long involvement with what is now the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). Beginning in 1982, the WG began serving as a cooperating sponsor of one of DSN's predecessor conferences, the annual IEEE International Symposium on Fault-Tolerant Computing (FTCS) organized by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing, now called the TC on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (TC-DCFT).  This was continued until 2000, when DSN was formed by combining FTCS and DCCA into a single conference.  At this point, the WG became a co-sponsor of the event in conjunction with the IEEE CS TC-DCFT.  Since 2000, DSN has been held as follows:

The next edition, DSN-2015 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2015.

Beginning in 2007, the DSN conference reinstated the numbering scheme started with FTCS-1 in 1971, making the formal name of the conference "The xxth Annual IEEE/IFIP Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks".  This name emphasizes the continuity of this line of major conferences on this crucial topic. 

In addition to the main symposum, there are typically any number of other activities, including tutorials, workshops on new and timely topics, opportunities for the presentations of recent results in "Fast Abstracts" sessions, and a Student Forum.  Everyone is cordially invited to participate and attend! 

WG 10.4 also supports a number of other conferences by providing "in-cooperation" status.  Past and current examples include:

  • SAFECOMP, the International Conference on Computer Safely, Reliability and Security.

  • PRDC, the IEEE Pacific Rim Symposium on Dependable Computing.

  • EDCC, the European Dependable Computing Conference.

  • LADC, the Latin-American Dependable Computing Conference. 

In addition, the WG has played an active role in various offerings of the IFIP World Computer Congress.  In 2004, the WG organized a special event entitled Fault Tolerance for Trustworthy and Dependable Information Infrastructures as part of the series of "Topical Days" held during the 18th IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC-2004) in Toulouse, France.  This event was organized to honor Algirdas Avižienis, co-founder of WG 10.4, whose pioneering and leading work has shaped the discipline of fault-tolerant and dependable computing.  In 2006, the WG assisted with the Conference on Biologically Inspired Cooperative Computing (BICC-2006), which was organized by TC-10 as part of the 19th IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC-2006) in Santiago, Chile.  One component of this involvement was the invited talk given by Algirdas Avižienis entitled "An Immune System Paradigm for the Assurance of Dependability of Collaborative Self-Organizing Systems."