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LISA '04 Call for Papers
November 14-19, 2004, Atlanta, Georgia


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Conference Overview

Important Dates/Contact Info.

Conference Organizers

Conference Themes

Refereed Papers

Invited Talks

Tutorials, Workshops, WIPs, and BOFs

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Call for Papers in PDF Format


Training Program

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, through Linux, Solaris, Windows, Perl, TCP/IP troubleshooting, security, networking, network services, sendmail, Samba, and legal issues, to professional development.

To provide the best possible tutorial offerings, USENIX continually solicits proposals and ideas for new tutorials. If you are interested in presenting a tutorial at this or other USENIX conferences or have an idea for a tutorial you would like to see offered please contact the Training Program Coordinator:

Daniel V. Klein
Tel: +1.412.422.0285


Since 2000, the LISA conference has included a workshop track during the tutorial days. These one-day workshops have been hands-on, participatory, interactive sessions where small groups of system administrators have discussions ranging from highly detailed to high-level.

Past workshop topics have included AFS, benchmarking, cfengine, intrusion detection, metaLISA, and teaching system administration. We are looking both for proposals for new topics and for endorsements of previously held sessions.

A workshop proposal should include the following information:

  • Title,
  • Objective
  • Organizer name(s) and contact information
  • Potential attendee profile
  • An outline of potential topics
Please email your proposal to

Workshop proposals are due April 20, 2004.

Work-in-Progress Reports

A Work-in-Progress report (WiP) is a very short presentation about work you are currently undertaking. It is a great way to poll the LISA audience for feedback and interest. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work.

Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not yet ready to be published? To schedule your short report, send email to

WiP submissions will also be accepted the first day of the technical sessions. The final list of accepted WiPs will be posted at least 2 hours before the WiPs session.

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 telephone or email:

Tel.: +1.510.528.8649

BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

The Guru Is In Sessions

Everyone is invited to bring perplexing technical questions to the experts at LISA's unique The Guru Is In sessions. These informal gatherings are organized around a single technical area or topic. Past sessions have focused on Samba, email, Perl, and backups. We welcome suggestions for Guru Is In sessions, as well as volunteers to be a Guru.

Please email suggestions for Guru Is In sessions, or your offer to be a Guru, to

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