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With the emergence of the Web3.0 paradigm as well as the increasing exploration of naturally decentralized computation paradigms as in edge computing, decentralized systems are becoming increasingly relevant. This field is thriving thanks to recent technological advances demonstrating the feasibility of decentralized systems at scale. Existing approaches include blockchain-based systems as well as systems like the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a peer-to-peer, content-addressable hypermedia protocol that seeks to connect all computing devices within a single distributed system of files. IPFS is additionally complemented by Filecoin, a token-based protocol that supports an incentivized, decentralized storage and delivery network, among others. These projects are open-source and community-driven with reference implementations in multiple languages and a global community of millions of users.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the fields of decentralized systems, peer-to-peer networks, and edge computing. Now is the time to leverage our expertise and discoveries in this area to define the future of the decentralized Internet: this includes work on underlying technologies and protocols, emerging standards, tools and abstractions (such as the ones provided by IPFS, libp2p and Filecoin), and also emerging applications and use-cases.

The workshop will consist of a number of different sessions and session styles that go beyond the traditional presentation-centric workshop. We seek to foster interaction between participants with hands-on sessions that will give them first-hand knowledge of how to use IPFS and Filecoin and interact with these technologies, as well as ecosystem project platforms. A capstone competition will give attendees the chance to develop open-source applications and win prizes.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Accepted contributions will be given a presentation slot at the workshop and at least one author should show up (virtual participation will be considered, pending COVID-19 developments and IEEE ICDCS guidelines). The submissions format is flexible, ranging from 2-page demo and tutorial proposals to short 6-page double-column papers.

Important Dates

Submission Information

Submitted papers should follow the formatting indications of the main conference: In particular: