The Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) is devoted to the mission of ensuring that the computing systems and networks on which society relies are dependable and secure.

DSN is one of the longest running IEEE conferences, celebrating its 50th edition in 2020. The conference was initiated under the name International Symposium on Fault-Tolerant Computing (FTCS). The first edition took place on March 1-3, 1971 in Pasadena, CA, with Al Avižienis serving as Symposium Chairman and Bill Carter as Program Chairman. FTCS has been widely recognized as the premier international forum, gathering renowed experts, from academia and industry, on all areas of fault tolerant and resilient computing.

In 2000, the community decided to expand the scope of the conference by grouping FTCS and the Working Conference on Dependable Computing for Critrical Applications (DCCA) into a single event, giving rise to the international Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). DSN has pioneered the fusion between dependability and security research under a common body of knowledge, understanding the need to simultaneously fight against accidental faults, intentional cyber-attacks, design errors, and unexpected operating conditions. Its distinctive approach to both accidental and malicious faults made DSN the most prestigious international forum for presenting research furthering robustness and resilience of today’s wide spectrum of computing systems and networks.

DSN represents several key topics of wide current or emerging academic and industrial interest. It has also contributed several seminal ideas to the overall technical community, many of which have gone on to have wide practical impact (see e.g., a list of Jean-Claude Laprie award recipient papers that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of Dependable Computing).

The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE Technical committee en Dependable computing and Fault Tolerance (TCFT) and the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance.

A summary of the past DSN statistics can be found here.