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	    5th Conference and Exhibition

		  March 23 - 27, 1992

		CNIT,  Paris - La Defense

	    Open Systems: Inter-operability

UNIX is a registered trademark of Unix System Laboratories in the United
States and other countries.

The Associaton Franc
(AFUU) is organizing, in collaboration with the Bureau International de
Relations Publiques (BIRP), CONVENTION UNIX 92 from 23rd to 27th
March,1992, at CNIT, Paris-La Defense. 

This event is centered on tutorials and conferences dedicated to UNIX and
Open Systems. A display of hardware and software organized by more than 150
exhibitors, will take place at the same time.

CONVENTION UNIX 92 is an even more important event than usual. 1992 will
provide the occasion for us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of AFUU.
Consequently, extra care will be taken in the organization of the
CONVENTION, both from the point of view of the quality of the conferences,
tutorials and the exhibition, as of certain events whereby we shall
celebrate this 10th anniversary together. The organizers are open to all
suggestions in line with this aim.

  The theme

Users have more and more sophisticated operational requirements and the
facts prove that these needs can no longer be satisfied in the sole context
of proprietary products. Users want open and evolutionary systems which
make the best use of the variety of solutions offered to them.

Software and inter-operability  is one solution. It may be defined as the
ability which applications and systems of different origins to cooperate to
produce an integrated service for the user. In the same way as we have been
able to come to terms with the hardware heterogeneity, inter-operability
enables bridges to be built between different types of software components
in order to develop  fully open systems. 

The purpose of CONVENTION UNIX 92 is to clarify and illustrate this notion
of inter-operability, both from the technical and economic points of view.
What does it provide to the users and to the companies? What are the
benefits for the users?  What are the economic benefits? How is it done?
What are the concrete and demonstrable examples of it? 

The Programme Committee would like to receive submissions in the following
three categories :

	Man/machine interfaces:

They provide  the user with an ultimate view of the realization of his
needs. Hence, man/machine interfaces are one of the keys to
inter-operability. By facilitating communication with the machine
(integration of voice, data and picture), they should lead to better
productivity and to "inter-operability" between men and machines.  Although
the ergonomics and operator comfort of existing tools are now an
established fact, the variety of interfaces still remains a barrier to be

Applications are the essential components in the creation of services
(data management, transactional processing/OLTP). How do they cooperate?
Are the emergence and the adherence to standards, and API definitions,
sufficient to guarantee the interaction between components? How can
compatibility be defined? Does compatibility between interfaces guarantee
the portability of applications? How can we re-use these components to
improve return on software investment?

	The tools of inter-operability:

What are the bases on which inter-operability between men, interfaces and
applications may be founded? What are the basic services necessary to the
applications and to the man/machine  interfaces to permit cooperation
(distributed systems, communications protocols, RPC)? What are the
languages and methods which facilitate the implementation of
inter-operability (programming and object-oriented languages, interfaces
generators)? What are the consequences on software engineering? What are
the development costs?

The purpose of this Conference is to create a vast forum in which
information can be exchanged  about experiences with inter-operability, the
technology, the risks and benefits and the applications in everyday use. 
The papers may cover users experiences, industrialists' and manufacturers'
strategies, technological innovation in the research world, or even the
broad principles in a particular field.


The tutorials will provide the listeners with lectures on clearly defined
subjects. Their purpose will be to present the state-of-the-art of the most
important points in the implementation of inter-operability.  As it was the
case last year, these tutorials will be led by experts of national and
international fame.
The persons interested in lecturing at a tutorial are invited to contact
the chairman of the Programme Committee as soon as possible.

Dates to remember

      |	September 27,  1991 : deadline for the receipt of full papers     |
      | 		      or extended abstracts by the Convention	  |
      | 		      Secretariat.				  |
      |									  |
      |	 October 25,  1991  : notification to authors of the Programme	  |
      |			      Committee's decision.			  |
      |									  |
      |	December 13, 1991   : deadline for the receipt of the final texts |
      |			      by the Convention Secretariat.		  |

Submission of papers

Paper proposals should have a title, the name of the author and the
organization to which he belongs. These proposals should include the
complete text (5 to 10 pages) or at least an extended abstract (2 pages). 
They will be examined on the basis of their quality, originality, and the
adherence to the general theme of the Convention (the inter-operability of
Open Systems) and to  the directives given :

Man/machine interfaces: graphics, multi-media, ergonomics, learning;

Applications: DBMS, transactional processing, standards implementation;

Tools: distributed processing, RPC, multi-personality systems,
	communication between UNIX and other systems,
	object-oriented languages, software engineering.

The Programme Committee wishes to include both technical papers and
syntheses of different approaches. The quality of the lectures depends to a
large extent on the facilities which are provided to the Programme
Committee to enable it to make its decision on the acceptance of a paper.
Consequently, candidates are strongly encouraged to supply a complete
version of their text as soon as possible.

Official languages are French and English. A simultaneous translation
service will be available for conferences and tutorials.

Proposals should be sent to:

	     |	A.F.U.U.				|
	     |  Secretariat de la CONVENTION UNIX 92	|
	     |	11, rue Carnot				|
	     |	94270 Le Kremlin-Bicetre - France	|
	     |						|
	     |	Telephone : (+33)		|
	     |	Fax : (+33)		|
	     |	Telex : 263887 F		        |
	     |	E-mail : afuuconf at	|

Recommendations to authors:

For the final version of your paper, if it is accepted, it is essential
that we receive, in good time :

	o a camera-ready copy (that is on paper) of your article ;
 	o the source text which will be processed during the preparation of
	  the proceedings.

Please note that if your text includes drawings or illustrations, it is
essential that we have a printed version of them.

Extended abstracts are not subject to the recommendations below. The
source of your document should reach us on one of the following media :

 	o electronic mail addressed to Philippe Dax (dax at ;

 	o QIC24 (150 Mo) cartridge ;

	o 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" floppy disk (MSDOS format) ;

	o Mac floppy disk.

 The format of this source may be one of the following :

 	o "nroff" or "troff" using macros "mm", "ms", "tbll" and "eqn" ;

	o "TeX" or "LaTeX" (if you use specific macros, please attach them to the source) ;

	o ASCII mentioning the characters which are accentuated ;

	o WORD (DOS or Mac) ;

	o figures should be supplied in PostScript or "pic" whenever possible.

The composition of the proceedings should be in "troff " ("mm " macros)
and "TeX", producing the PostScript output which will be sent directly to
our printer.

Useful addresses

Convention Chairman				

	Sylvain Langlois
	Electricite de France - Direction des Etudes et Recherches
	Tel : (+33)
	Fax : (+33)
	E-mail : sylvain at

Programme Committee Chairman

	Chorus systemes
	Tel  :  (+33)
	Fax : (+33)
	E-mail : francois at

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