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LISA '03 Call for Papers
October 26-31, 2003, San Diego, California


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The conference covers all facets of the practice and theory of system and network administration. The following is a list of some appropriate topics:

Technical Practices: Describing and analyzing important system administration tasks or issues and their solutions

  • Automated system administration
  • Best practices in current system administration
  • Comparison of alternative approaches or solutions to important tasks
  • Distributed system administration
  • High availability and disaster recovery
  • Integration of emerging technologies
  • Managing very large installations (scaling issues)
  • OS/platform migration strategies
  • Performance analysis and tuning
  • Security
  • Special concerns in heterogeneous environments

Tools and Meta-Tools: Discussions of new tools that solve an important and widely applicable task or problem

  • Evaluations/comparisons of system administration tools
  • Innovative system administration tools and meta-tools
  • Surprising new uses for existing tools
  • Ways to automate system administration

Analysis and Theory: Theoretical considerations of system administration issues and practices

  • Computer immunology
  • Convergent automation in distributed systems
  • Metrics for system administration
  • Security models

Case Studies: Discussions of how an organization/site addresses a system administration problem or task

  • Experiences supporting large sites (thousands of users or machines)
  • Intranet planning, deployment, support, and maintenance
  • Managing enterprise-wide services (e.g., email, authentication)

Organizational and Social Issues: Discussions of non-technical issues that affect system administrators

  • Budgeting, cost analysis, and project planning for system administration
  • Ethics and system administration
  • Privacy issues in system administration
  • The system administrator's role in the organization
  • Working effectively as or with contractors or consultants

This topic list should not be considered exhaustive. Good proposals focusing on any important aspect of system administration are always welcome. If you are unsure whether your topic is appropriate, contact the Program Chair by sending email to

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