USENIX Update to the Systems Research Community

As I have already expressed to many of you, I hope that this message finds you and yours doing as well as possible in these extraordinary circumstances.


Facebook awards $100,000 to 2019 Internet Defense Prize winners

Cross-posted at the Facebook Research blog.

The Internet Defense Prize is a partnership between USENIX and Facebook that aims to reward security research that meaningfully makes the internet more secure.

Upcoming changes to LISA and SREcon

The USENIX conference calendar is undergoing some exciting changes!

In response to your feedback, LISA is moving to more convenient dates in the USENIX conference lineup.

Also, beginning in 2020, USENIX will hold two SREcon Americas events: East and West. This change increases opportunities for engagement and maintains the connectedness our communities appreciate in conferences of this size.

Reflections on 2019 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning (OpML ’19)

By Kurt Andersen, USENIX Liaison to OpML ’19.

On May 20th, USENIX was excited to hold the very first Operational Machine Learning conference: OpML ’19. As over 220 attendees gathered that morning, it became clear that this is a topic which affects a lot of different organizations, and that a lot of work in the domain is in progress in both industry and academia.

Diversity @ Enigma

By Ben Adida & Franzi Roesner.

How Instagram is scaling its infrastructure across the ocean

Scaling up your infrastructure is especially challenging when the next data center is on another continent.

By sherryxiao from

In 2014, two years after Instagram joined Facebook, Instagram's engineering team moved the company's infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers to Facebook's data centers. Facebook has multiple data centers across the United States and Europe but, until recently, Instagram used only U.S. data centers.

4-phase approach for taking over large, messy IT systems

Hit the ground running with these strategies and toolsets for ops teams taking over complex infrastructure.

By stevemushero from

Everyone loves building shiny, new systems using the latest technologies and especially the most modern DevOps tools. But that's not the reality for lots of operations teams, especially those running larger systems with millions of users and old, complex infrastructure.

We already have nice things, and other reasons not to write in-house ops tools

Let's look at the pitfalls of writing in-house ops tools, the circumstances that justify it, and how to do it better.

By vishuzdelishuz from

What is an SRE and how does it relate to DevOps?

The SRE role is common in large enterprises, but smaller businesses need it, too.

By craig5 from

Even though the site reliability engineer (SRE) role has become prevalent in recent years, many people—even in the software industry—don't know what it is or does. This article aims to clear that up by explaining what an SRE is, how it relates to DevOps, and how an SRE works when your entire engineering organization can fit in a coffee shop.

An introduction to Ansible Operators in Kubernetes

The new Operator SDK makes it easy to create a Kubernetes controller to deploy and manage a service or application in a cluster.

By mhrivnak from

For years, Ansible has been a go-to choice for infrastructure automation. As Kubernetes adoption has skyrocketed, Ansible has continued to shine in the emerging container orchestration ecosystem.


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