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First International Workshop on Feedback
Control Implementation and Design in
Computing Systems and Networks
(co-located with NOMS'06)
The rapid development and pervasive deployment of information technology (IT) has created a
need for formal approaches to enforce service and resource management policies. A central
concern in this enforcement is the design and implementation of feedback control systems, such
as TCP adaptation to network congestion and web server adaptation to flash crowds. Existing
practice for the design of feedback control systems for IT largely relies on ad-hoc techniques. As a
result, changes in workloads and/or configurations often result in poor quality of service (QoS) or
even instabilities.

Other areas of engineering (e.g., mechanical, electrical, aeronautic) design feedback control
systems using methodologies based on control theory, a formal approach to designing feedback
control systems. Indeed, in the past five years, there has been considerable success with applying
control theory to analyzing and designing feedback control in IT systems. Areas addressed include:
Internet services, web servers, database systems, and power management.

FeBID'06 is the first workshop to focus on advances in the application of control theory to
computing systems and networks. The workshop offers a unique opportunity for researchers in
this area to exchange ideas and experiences on system considerations for applying control theory,
applicable control theoretic techniques, and experiences in control system designs. The workshop
will include a short introduction to the control theory for systems oriented practitioners, recent
research results with applying control theory to computing systems and networks, and a set of
practitioner oriented case studies targeted at the NOMS community.

Workshop Co-chairs:

Joseph L. Hellerstein, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Xiaoyun Zhu, HP Labs
Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois

Important Dates:

Position paper (5 pages) due: January 6, 2006 (11:55pm Brazilian Time)
Poster/Demo submission due: February 24th, 2006
Notification of acceptance: February 1 (paper), February 27 (poster/demo)
Workshop date: April 3, 2006
April 3, 2006
Vancouver, Canada