This archive lists every paper from every SOSP, from 1967 to 2015.
That’s 560 papers from 25 conferences spread over 49 years,
covering the development of operating systems research from its very
In assembling the archive I had to make several decisions about
which items to include and which to omit.
My basic plan was just to replicate the printed
proceedings, but I deviated from this in several ways:
- I omitted all poster sessions, even in the one case (1995)
when the poster summaries appeared in the printed proceedings.
- I omitted all work-in-progress sessions.
- I tried to include invited talks, although undoubtedly some have
been forgotten. Where readily available, I included slide decks or a
derived paper for the invited talks.
- I included the titles, and members where known, of panel sessions.
- For the years when the proceedings omitted the full versions of the
papers that were chosen for publication in CACM or TOCS (1971-1987), I
included links to the version in the proceedings (if there was one), and
also a link to the CACM or TOCS versions. In one case (Stephenson, 1983)
I used the copy given to attendees.
The ACM Digital Library has most but not all of this material. Where the
Digital Library has the paper’s PDF, the listing here has just a
link to the Digital Library citation page. In the small number of cases
where the paper is missing from the Digital Library, the paper’s
PDF is in this archive.
The ACM omissions and other curiosities are flagged in the
archive’s index page with a link “BTW” explaining the
situation. In all cases, I have been able to find copies of the papers,
so this archive is complete. Thanks to Butler Lampson and to the
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory for use of their copies of
the 1967 and 1969 proceedings, and to Stockton Gaines for re-typing his
otherwise-unprinted 1975 paper.
Andrew Birrell, August 2015