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About USENIX

Since 1975, USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. The USENIX conferences have become the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of the most advanced information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems.

The mission of USENIX is to:

  • Foster technical excellence and innovation
  • Support and disseminate research with a practical bias
  • Provide a neutral forum for discussion of technical issues
  • Encourage computing outreach into the community at large

The USENIX Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting the advanced computing systems communities and furthering the reach of innovative research. We are known for organizing conferences and publishing research, but our greatest strength lies in building communities in computing systems. We represent the interests of our communities in a variety of ways, including our professional affiliation with the Computing Research Association.

What USENIX Does

Professional event organization. USENIX hosts conferences on topics in advanced computing systems. We give our volunteers space to focus on their areas of expertise: curating excellent content for our events, recruiting top-notch speakers, and reviewing submitted papers to identify the best research for publication. USENIX takes care of all the event details, from hotel negotiations and logistics to the registration system.

Vendor-neutral events. Rather than promoting products, our events focus on technical content and research. Vendors and sponsors are welcome on the show floor, but do not influence program content.

Making research freely available. We banished paywalls in 2008 for both conference authors and readers, providing conference proceedings and recordings free of charge under our open access policy.

  • Papers: At events where research papers are accepted, USENIX volunteer committees select the most compelling and solid research that moves forward advanced computing systems in various specialties. USENIX compiles and publishes accepted research papers as proceedings for each of these conferences, making them freely available on our Web site.
  • Video and Audio: Recorded presentations of our events are available, free of charge, several weeks after each event. Although USENIX has committed its resources to providing audio recordings, we rely on sponsors to help fund our commitment to providing open access via video to the cutting-edge research presented at our academic conferences.

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An active voice in the call for open access to publications as an Affiliated Professional Society of the Computing Research Association (CRA). CRA, which represents the North American computing research community, enhances innovation by joining with industry, government and academia to strengthen research and advanced education in computing. CRA executes this mission by leading the computing research community, informing policymakers and the public, and facilitating the development of strong, diverse talent in the field. Our CRA representative sits on the CRA Board of Directors and attends the annual Leadership Summit alongside representatives from organizations including IEEE, ACM, and SIAM.

Students at OSDI ’14, including student grant recipientsStudents, women, and diversity grants administration. We receive support from our generous sponsors to distribute grants for conference attendance to students and professionals who identify as female. Funds are limited, though, and are carefully managed and distributed. USENIX handles all facets of grant administration, from reviewing applications to reporting. Over the last ten years, we have distributed over two million dollars' worth of student grants.

Students at OSDI ’14, including student grant recipients

WiAC luncheon at USENIX Security '16Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC). WiAC events at our conferences help to support women entering the computing professions as well as those who have already achieved success in advanced computing. Open to all genders, we initiate discussions to provide greater understanding and seek ways to promote a welcoming culture in all workplaces.

WiAC luncheon at USENIX Security '16

Student and young professionals meetups. We foster networking among students and young professionals attending our events by arranging meetups and luncheons.

USENIX Security '16 student networking event

Discounted student memberships and conference discounts. Dues from full memberships allow us to help budget-minded students to join USENIX and attend conferences at special rates. Supporting the new generation of researchers and practitioners benefits the entire computing systems community.

Niels Provos and Peter Honeyman after winning the 2016 USENIX Security Test of Time AwardTest of Time awards. USENIX has published a great deal of groundbreaking research that has directly influenced the development of products and services we now take for granted. Papers that have had a particularly lasting impact in their fields are awarded the “Test of Time” awards at our conferences on Security, File and Storage Technologies (FAST), and Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).

Niels Provos and Peter Honeyman
after winning the 2016 USENIX Security Test of Time Award

A lean and efficient staff. Our small group of dedicated USENIX employees handles conference management, publishes ;login: and conference proceedings, keeps the Web site up to date, administers student and women’s grants, finds conference sponsors and manages conference show floors, recruits and manages volunteers, and assists members—all in addition to keeping the USENIX office running in the areas of finance and accounting, human resources, IT management, database administration, trademark management, and the occasional provision of office doughnuts.

An energetic and diverse community of volunteers. USENIX relies heavily on its talented, dedicated volunteers, from the Board of Directors to program co-chairs and program committees for our conferences. Board members are elected every two years, and use their expertise, creativity, and vision to chart the future of USENIX. Conference volunteers plan conference program content, recruit speakers, review papers, and ensure that our events feature the latest developments in the field. All volunteer their time to support the mission of USENIX.