15th Systems Administration Conference (LISA 2001) (LISA 2001)

Venue: San Diego

Location: San Diego, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 02, 2001 End Date/Time: Dec 07, 2001
Paper Submission Date: Jun 05, 2001
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"Managing the virtual computer communities of the 21st century"
For fifteen years, LISA conferences have been the leading forum for system administrators to meet, learn, and exchange ideas on every aspect of computer and network management. Today, the need for LISA has never been clearer, as networks grow and large computer systems are ever more apparent, not in monolithic form, but as societies of smaller systems, cooperating towards common goals.

LISA's refereed technical sessions cover the latest developments, both in theory and in practice, while tutorials for beginners and experienced attendees cover all aspects of network and system administration. The Invited Talk and theme tracks provide a selection of broader overviews on timely and entertaining topics, while workshops allow small groups to work together on subjects of special interest. LISA is a major social event, where you will have the chance to meet some 2000 like-minded individuals from all over the planet (and perhaps beyond), chat with them in the hallways and parties, or re-group informally in small Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions on impromptu topics.

By attending LISA you are contributing to computer management state-of-the-art, spreading knowledge about one of the most important challenges of the next century: living with the machines!

Extended abstracts due: June 5, 2001
Invited Talk proposals due: June 5, 2001
Workshop proposals due: June 5, 2001
Notification to authors: July, 2001
Final papers due: October 1, 2001

Program and Registration Information
Complete program and registration information will be available in September 2001 here at the conference website. The information will be in both html and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the program booklet in print, please email your request, including your postal address, to: conference@usenix.org.

Program Chair
Mark Burgess, Oslo University College
Program Committee
Eric Anderson, Univ. California, Berkeley
William Annis, University of Wisconsin
Alva Couch, Tufts University
Emmett Hogan, Certainty Solutions
Adam Moskowitz, Blackstone Technology Group
Phil Scarr, Certainty Solutions
John Sellens, Certainty Solutions
Jon Stearley, Univ. New Mexico
Sigmund Straumsnes, Oslo University College
Ozan S. Yigit, Sun Microsystems
Elizabeth Zwicky, Counterpane Internet Security

Invited Talks Coordinators
Esther Filderman, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Tom Limoncelli, Lumeta/Lucent Technologies

Network/Security Track Coordinators
Cat Okita, Global Crossing Ltd.
Tom Perrine, Pacific Institute of Computer Security

Workshop Coordinator
Pat Wilson, Dartmouth College

The Guru Is In Coordinator
Lee Damon, Amazon.com

The Program Committee invites you to join the contributors to the LISA XV conference. Submissions of refereed papers or other presentations which address any and all aspects of system administration are acceptable. Here is a partial list of timely paper topics for potential authors:

Evaluations of innovative system administration tools and techniques (rehashes of old tools are not acceptable unless they clearly bring something new to the field).
Distributed or automated system administration
High availability and disaster recovery
Designing, selecting, scaling, integrating and managing "enterprise" computing services.
Security (all aspects)
Applications of tools, techniques, and methods from other disciplines
Integration of new networking technologies, protocols, and applications
Integration of emerging technologies
Performance analysis and monitoring

University teaching programmes
Effective training techniques for system administration
Theory and Practice of System Administration

Methodology, paradigms, and models for system administration
Analysis of "best practices" in systems administration
Analysis and comparison of alternative systems for systems administration tasks
Case studies
Application of scientific methods to systems administration
Metrics for systems administration
Performance analysis and monitoring
Budgeting, cost analyses, and project planning/management techniques for systems administration.
User-System Interaction

System administration management issues
User health and safety
User psychology
Support strategies
The system administrator's role in the organization
Computer Immunology in System Administration

Host regulation
Convergent automation in distributed systems
Security and stability

The Program Committee invites authors to submit papers for refereeing, or proposals for symposium presentations, on any aspect of network and system administration. Contributions will be judged for their clarity, technical content, timeliness, and originality.
Papers should be original works, reported in the context of 'the big picture', i.e. referring to past work, and suggesting directions for future research. The year 2001 is ripe with symbolism and we wish to celebrate this with a visionary LISA, which looks forward to new challenges, possibilities, and technologies. We particularly encourage contributions which:

Look forward to future technologies and methods
Report impartially on experiments testing new ideas
Develop testable hypotheses for future investigation
Explore the plausibility of new approaches, and the longevity of established ones
Deepen our understanding of interaction between humans and machine
Protect systems from being overwhelmed by scale and diversity
Protect systems for the onslaught of computer warfare
Discuss how sysadmin roles are changing
Best Paper Awards
Cash prizes will be awarded at the conference for the best paper and for the best paper by a student. Prizes are for papers accepted to the refereed paper track.

LISA offers state-of-the-art tutorials from top experts in their fields. Topics range from introductory skills to advanced topics, updates on developments and news. You can choose from over 40 full and half-day tutorials, covering everything from performance tuning, Linux, Solaris, Windows, Perl, TCP/IP troubleshooting, security, networking, network services, sendmail, Samba, legal issues, and professional development.

To provide the best possible tutorial offerings, USENIX continually solicits proposals for new tutorials. If you are interested in presenting a tutorial at this or other USENIX conferences, please contact the tutorial coordinator:

Daniel V. Klein
Tel: 1.412.422.0285
Fax: 1.412.421.2332
Email: dvk@usenix.org

For the past several years, the LISA conferences have included workshops on Advanced Topics, Global LISA, Teaching Sys Admin, AFS, and others.

Limited-attendance, special-topic workshops will be offered alongside the Tutorial Program at LISA 2001. If you are interested in organizing one, please submit a workshop proposal.The proposal should address the following questions/issues:

workshop organizers
projected attendance (we have one room, with a capacity of up to 60 people in a "classroom" configuration, a smaller number in a "roundtable" configuration )
target audience
how you will recruit participants
special needs, if any
anything else we should know
Please submit proposals via email to lisa01workshops@usenix.org no later than June 5, 2001.

Work-in-Progress Reports

Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not yet ready to be published? The USENIX audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentation of student work. To schedule your short report, send email to: lisawips@usenix.org.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs are held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by phoning 1.510.528.8649 or via email to: conference@usenix.org. BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

An extended abstract of two to five pages is required for the paper selection process. Full papers are not acceptable at this stage; if you send a full paper, you must also include an extended abstract.
Include appropriate references to establish that you are familiar with related work, and, where possible, provide detailed data to establish that you have a working implementation or measurement tool.

Submissions will be judged on the quality of the written submission, and whether or not the work advances the state-of-the-art of system administration. Please consult the detailed author guidelines on the conference Web site for more information.

Note that LISA, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to more than one conference or publication, and that submitted papers not be previously or subsequently published elsewhere for a certain period of time. Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidence prior to publication in the conference proceedings, both as a matter of policy and as protected by the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

All submissions will be electronic, in ASCII, PDF, or PostScript format. Please use the Web form located here on this Web site in December. For administrative reasons, every submission should include one additional page containing: (i) paper title and authors, indicating any who are full time students, and (ii) for the author who will act as the contact to the program committee, his or her name, paper mail address, daytime and evening phone numbers, e-mail address and fax number, if available.

Every accepted paper must be presented at the conference by at least one author. Authors of an accepted paper must provide a final paper for publication in the conference proceedings. One author of each accepted paper receives complimentary technical session registration. Final papers are limited to 20 pages, including diagrams, figures and appendices. Complete instructions will be sent to authors of accepted papers.

Writing a paper is a time consuming and often painful struggle from start to finish. It is recommended that you start now in order to finish on time. Authors should browse previous proceedings of LISA conferences for reference, and use the online bibliography and resource page at Oslo University College to find references to related work.

Submissions may be of any length, up to a maximum of about 20 printed pages. The program committee is particularly interested in contributions from research students and younger contributors