Keynote comparison: two views of the government

The Wednesday and Thursday morning keynotes provided an excellent contrast. One could call them "government: for better or for worse." On Wednesday, Mikey Dickerson gave attendees an update on what has changed in government IT in the year since the United Stats Digital Service (USDS) was established. ACLU Principal Technologist Christopher Soghoian spoke on Thursday about the role of sysadmins in the age of cyberwar and digital spying.

Vendor exhibitor: Midfin

IT infrastructure often moves to the cloud for increased flexibility and decreased provisioning time. Midfin wants to provide the same thing to internal resources. By provisioning networking, storage, and compute together, machines can go from zero-to-ready for configuration in a matter of seconds. Midfin recently exited stealth and LISA is their first conference appearance. Co-founder Ajith Jayamohan told me they chose LISA because they "believe in being open. LISA is the perfect venue. There are a lot of like-minded people here."

Alice Goldfuss's LISA story

Alice Goldfuss currently works as a Site Reliability Engineer at New Relic, but she didn't start out there. She had her own desktop computer at the age of nine and taught herself HTML, but when it came time to go to college, Alice chose a film and animation program. The years of constant constructive criticism taught her how to separate professional critique from personal and honed her ability to tell a story.

Monday at LISA

When Matt Simmons recruited me to join the Blog Team for LISA10, I a young sysadmin who had recently outgrown the small department where I worked. I had scattershot experience and no real sense of connection to the community. That week in San Jose was a firehose of knowledge and networking. There was more content than I could possibly attend in a six-day span.

LISA15 Speaker Interview Series

Many thanks to media sponsor for publishing the LISA15 speaker interview series! Over the past week, their team has published the following posts:

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Internet Defense Prize

The 2015 Internet Defense Prize winner was announced earlier today at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium. Congratulations to Byoungyoung Lee, Chengyu Song, Taesoo Kim, and Wenke Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology, who were awarded $100,000 from Facebook for their paper "Type Casting Verification: Stopping an Emerging Attack Vector!"

Announcing Enigma

A sign of growth at USENIX is the introduction of new conferences supporting emerging and growing communities. Following the successful launch of SREcon, geared toward site reliability engineering, we're excited to announce Enigma, a security-themed conference focused on emerging threats and novel attacks.

The USENIX Association and PeerJ Announce New Partnership

The USENIX Association and PeerJ, both highly-respected publishing venues, are delighted to announce a new partnership that will provide open access peer-reviewed publishing for computer science researchers, academics, and industry practitioners.

An Interview with the NSDI '15 Program Co-Chairs

Julie Miller, USENIX's Marketing Communications Manager, recently interviewed Paul Barham and Arvind Krishnamurthy, the NSDI '15 Program Co-Chairs, about the upcoming conference. NSDI '15 takes place May 4-6, 2015, in Oakland, CA. Early bird registration rates are available through April 13, 2015, and grant applications for women and students will be accepted through March 30, 2015.


Exploring the future of storage technologies: Part 2 of our FAST '15 co-chair interview

This is part 2 of an interview with the co-chairs of FAST ‘15 about the upcoming conference. In this segment they talk about current research topics in storage research and the future of IT.  Jiri Schindler, Principle Engineer at SimpliVity and Erez Zadok, Associate Professor at Stony Brook University. There is still time to register to attend the conference Feb 16-19, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. The first part of the interview is here.


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