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12TH SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE (LISA '98) - Dec 6-11, 1998 - Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Technical Program     Wednesday through Friday, December 9-11, 1998
[Wednesday, Dec. 9]    [Thursday, Dec. 10]    [Friday, Dec. 11]

Thursday, December 10   9:00 am - 10:30 am


Distributed Computing
Session Chair: Phil Cox, NTS, Inc.

A Configuration Distribution System for Heterogeneous Networks
Glêdson Elias da Silveira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte; Fabio Q. B. da Silva, Federal University of Pernambuco

An NFS Configuration Management System and its Underlying Object-Oriented Model
Fabio Q. B. da Silva, Juliana Silva da Cunha, Danielle M. Franklin, Luciana S. Varejão, and Rosalie Belian, Federal University of Pernambuco

Design and Implementation of an Administration System for Distributed Web Server
C. S. Yang and M. Y. Luo, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, R.O.C.


Joint Session: Succumbing to the Dark Side of the Force: The Internet as seen from an Adult Website
Dan Klein, Cybertainment, Inc.

The adult industry is by far the biggest consumer of net bandwidth. It is arguably also the largest cash source for content providers. Without getting into the "politics" of the industry as a whole, this talk will examine the many facets of this much maligned (and hugely subscribed) dark side of the Web. This talk will examine what it means to be in a service industry, advertising, site scaling and bandwidth, monitoring, load sharing, load shedding, and load stealing. It will also look at issues of security, payment methods, billing, theft, risk, and spamming. It will also show how data mining can be a boon and a bane, and look at issues of copyright protection and abrogation. Finally, issues of site automation, what kind of people run adult sites, and how much money can be made will be explored.


Thursday, December 10   10:30 am - 11:00 am   Break


Thursday, December 10   11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Session Chair: Eric Anderson, University of California, Berkeley

MRTG, Multi Router Traffic Grapher
Tobias Oetiker, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Wide Area Network Ecology
Jon T. Meek, Edwin S. Eichert, and Kim Takayama, Cyanamid Agricultural Research Center/American Home Products Corporation

Automatically Selecting a Close Mirror Based on Network Topology
Giray Pultar, Coubros Consulting LLC


Branchstart - A Generic, Multi-OS Installation Server
Rory Toma, WebTV Networks Inc.

This talk describes an implementation of a single architecture, multi-OS network installation server. This server has the capability to install to any Intel-based computer, practically any OS that will run on it.


Panel: Technical Summaries
A panel of experts will summarize the state of the art in their fields of specialization. Each talk will summarize "all you need to know'' at the highest level in just ten minutes.


Thursday, December 10   12:30 pm - 2:00 pm   Lunch (on your own)


Thursday, December 10   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Session Chair: John Orthoefer, GTE Internetworking

What to Do When the Lease Expires: A Moving Experience
Lloyd Cha, Chris Motta, Syed Babar, Mukul Agarwal, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.; Jack Ma and Waseem Shaikh, Taos Mountain, Inc.; and Istvan Marko, Volt Services Group

Anatomy of an Athena Workstation
Thomas Bushnell, BSG and Karl Ramm, MIT Information Systems

Bootstrapping an Infrastructure
Steve Traugott, Sterling Software and NASA Ames Research Center and Joel Huddleston, Level 3 Communications


Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI): Causes, Treatment, and Prevention
Jeff Okamoto, Hewlett Packard

This talk will start with the basic anatomy of the body and habits which may cause an RSI to occur. It will then cover the most common types of RSI, including their symptoms, your interactions with your doctor, and various treatment methods. Finally, some tips on dealing with the Worker's Compensation system and ways to prevent RSI will be covered.


Mailer Wars
Which mailer is the best one? Sendmail is the most popular. Qmail claims no bugs. Vmail is designed to be a super solution. This session will feature advocates of each of the various mailers defending their favorite server.


Thursday, December 10   3:30 pm - 4:00 pm   Break


Thursday, December 10   4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Printing and Configuring Files
Session Chair: David Kensiski, Digital Island, Inc.

Ganymede: An Extensible and Customizable Directory Management Framework
Jonathan Abbey and Michael Mulvaney, The University of Texas at Austin

Building an Enterprise Printing System
Ben Woodard, Cisco Systems

Large Scale Print Spool Service
Ignacio Reguero, David Foster, and Ivan Deloose, CERN


Joint Session: The Great Certification Debate
SAGE's initiative to provide certification for system administrators has certainly generated a huge amount of commentary from its members. This debate will ponder the pros and cons of such a plan.


Thursday, December 10   5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Joint Session: SAGE Community Meeting & Candidates Forum
Find out how to get involved in SAGE, and hear from the SAGE Executive Committee on their recent and upcoming activities. The committee will be on hand to answer your questions, and to solicit your ideas and feedback on how to better serve SAGE members. You will also hear from the candidates running in the upcoming SAGE election. Everybody is welcome.

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