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LISA '10 Call for Participation

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Conference Overview

The annual LISA conference is the meeting place of choice for system and network administrators and engineers. The conference serves as a venue for a lively, diverse, and rich mix of technologists of all specialties and levels of expertise. LISA is the place to exchange ideas, sharpen old and new skills, learn new techniques, debate current and controversial issues, and meet industry gurus, colleagues, and friends.

People come from over 30 countries to attend LISA. They include a wide range of administration specialties, including system, network, storage, cloud, and security administration, to name a few. They hail from computing environments of all sorts, including large corporations, small businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies.

Attendees are full-time, part-time, student, and volunteer admins and engineers, as well as those who find themselves performing "admin" or "engineering" duties in addition to their day jobs. The attendees 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, on a large variety of infrastructures, ranging from embedded systems to large clouds or HPC systems.

The conference's diverse group of participants are matched by an equally broad spectrum of activities.

We strongly encourage informal discussions among participants on both technical and nontechnical topics in the "hallway track." Experts in different fields are very approachable at LISA and are available to discuss your issues and questions. LISA is a place to learn and to have fun!

Get Involved!

The theme for LISA '10 is "Share your experiences, both real-world and in research."

Experts and old-timers don't have all the good ideas. We welcome participants who will share their experiences/lessons learned and provide concrete ideas to implement immediately, as well as those whose research will forge tomorrow's 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—and/or propose a new idea to the program chair by sending email to

  • Refereed Papers: These are published papers, 8 to 18 pages long, describing work that advances the art or practice of system administration. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. For more information see full details about refereed papers.

  • NEW! Practice and Experience Reports: These will describe a substantial system administration project that has been completed and will consist of a 20-minute talk, with a 10-minute Q&A session immediately following. Talks must be highly practical, showing do's and don't's. Submissions will consist of written proposals no more than 4 pages long. Proposals will be refereed by the program committee. Find out more here.

  • Invited Talks: Invited Talks are one-hour presentations on a single topic of interest to system administrators. Talks may be historical or focus on the latest hot technology, be serious or funny, cover a spectrum of related issues or dive deeply into one specific topic. To submit a proposal, please read the detailed description of Invited Talks.

  • The Guru Is In Sessions: For the Guru, these sessions are a chance to share your expertise with your fellow system administrators; for the audience, these are a chance to get your questions on a specific topic or technology answered by an acknowledged expert. To share your expertise please check out the details about Guru sessions.

  • Workshops: Workshops are half-day or full-day sessions for small groups (typically not more than 30 people) to share ideas and knowledge. Workshops are intended to be participatory, not instructional, and familiarity with the specific topic/area is expected of the attendees. Interested workshop leaders should read the workshop proposal information.

  • Training Program: Tutorials are also half-day or full-day sessions but, unlike workshops, tutorials are intended for a single expert to share knowledge, not to be open discussions. Even if you're not an instructor, you can suggest classes. Find out how to propose a tutorial.

  • Posters and Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs): This is your chance to share an idea that could turn into something more formal at next year's conference. Both WiPs and posters are a good way to make your first presentation at LISA.

  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs): Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are infomal gatherings held in the evenings. Topics range from use of a particular software package or product, through folks wanting to talk politics, to people interested in a particular aspect of computing.

Do you want help coming up with a topic? Here are timely topics to consider.

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