LISA '08 Call for Participation
Since 1987, the annual LISA conference has become the premier meeting place for professional
system and network administrators. System administrators of all ranks, from novice to veteran, and of all specialties meet to exchange ideas, sharpen skills, learn new techniques, debate
current issues, and mingle with colleagues and friends.
Attendees are diverse, a rich mix of nationalities and of educational, government, and industry backgrounds. We work in the full spectrum of computing environments (e.g., large
corporations, small businesses, academic institutions, government agencies). We include full- and
part-time students engaged in internships, as well as students and faculty deeply involved in
system administration research. Whereas many attendees focus on practical system
administration, others focus on speculative system administration research.
We support a broad range of operating systems (e.g., Solaris, Windows, Mac OS X, HP-UX, AIX,
BSD, Linux) and commercial and open source applications, and we run them on a variety of
The conference's diverse group of participants are matched by a broad spectrum of conference
LISA also makes it easy for people to interact in more informal
- A training program for both beginners and experienced attendees covers many administrative topics,
ranging from basic procedures to using cutting-edge technologies.
- Refereed papers present the latest developments and ideas related to system and
- Workshops, invited talks, and panels discuss important and timely topics in depth and
typically include lively and/or controversial debates and audience interaction.
- Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs) and poster sessions provide brief looks ahead to next
- The Hit the Ground Running track presents multiple important topics
in single sessions, distilled down to a few solid points.
Finally, we strongly encourage informal discussions among participants on both technical and nontechnical
topics in the famous "hallway track." LISA is a place to learn and to have fun!
- Noted experts answer questions at Guru Is In sessions.
- Participants discuss/celebrate/commiserate about a
shared interest at Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.
- Vendors answer questions and offer solutions at the Exhibition.
The theme for LISA '08 is "Real World System Administration."
Experts and old-timers don't have all the good ideas. We welcome participants who will provide
concrete ideas to immediately implement, as well as those whose research will forge
tomorrow's computing infrastructures. We are particularly keen to showcase novel solutions or
new applications of mature technologies. This is your conference, and we want you to participate.
Here are examples of ways to get involved in this 22nd LISA conference:
Do you want help coming up with a topic? Here are timely topics to consider.
Take a look at the dates to keep in mind.