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2001 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, June 25-30, 2001, Boston, MA
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Thursday - Saturday, June 28-30, 2001
History (Unix, Linux, Internet)
Thursday, 11:00am-12:30pm
Peter Salus,
Peter H. Salus, Chief Knowledge Officer at Matrix.Net, is the author of A Quarter Century of UNIX and Casting the Net. He has conducted `The Bookworm' in ;login: for over a decade.

Embedded Databases, Operating Systems, Algorithms
Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm
Keith Bostic, Sleepycat Software
Keith Bostic was a member of the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group, where he was the architect of the 2.10BSD release and a principal developer of the 4.4BSD and related releases. He co-designed and implemented the 4.4BSD log-structured file system and the Berkeley DB database library, and is the author of the widely used vi implementation, nvi. He is currently vice-president of engineering at Sleepycat Software.

Legacy Systems/Big Data
Thursday, 4:00-5:30pm
Andrew Hume, AT&T Research

Friday, 9:00-10:30am
Bill Cheswick, Lumeta

Database Administration
Friday, 11:00-12:30am
Ching-Ping Lin, Fat Mice Technologies
Ching-Ping is a former DBA at She is now a principle in an independent consulting company, Fat Mice Technologies.

Friday, 2:00am-3:30pm
Greg Rose, QUALCOMM, Inc.
Greg Rose is a Principal Engineer for QUALCOMM International, based in Australia, where he works on cryptographic security and authentication for third-generation mobile phones and other technologies. He holds a number of patents for cryptographic methods and has successfully cryptanalyzed widely deployed ciphers.

Security in Hardware/Electronics Design
Friday, 4:00-5:30pm
Kingpin, Research Scientist, @Stake
Kingpin brings extensive electrical engineering and security expertise to the @stake research and development team. His pioneering hardware research, specifically with authentication tokens and portable devices, has produced security advisories, tools, and papers that have led to vendor updates and user awareness. Kingpin has been published in various academic and industry journals. Prior to joining @stake, Kingpin was an engineer with the L0pht.

Firewall Design for the Paranoid
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am
Hobbit, Research Scientist, @Stake
Hobbit espouses a straightforward, no-frills approach to infrastructure design and risk mitigation, which he has brought into environments spanning small home networks to large ASPs. He currently develops methodologies and tools for secure, scalable network and host deployment. He is perhaps best known as the author of Netcat, a useful tool that has found its way into many open-source operating system distributions.

Network Measurement, Protocols
Saturday, 11:00am-12:30pm
Vern Paxson, ACIRI / LBNL
Vern Paxson is a senior scientist with the AT&T Center for Internet Research at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, and a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focusses on Internet measurement and network intrusion detection. He serves on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and has been active in the IETF, chairing working groups on performance metrics, TCP implementation, and endpoint congestion management, as well as serving on the IESG as an area director for Transport.

Student Issues
Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm
Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
Margo I. Seltzer is a Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Her research interests include file systems, databases, and transaction processing systems. She is the author of several widely-used software packages including database and transaction libraries and the 4.4BSD log-structured file system. Dr. Seltzer spent several years working at startup companies designing and implementing file systems and transaction processing software and designing microprocessors. She is a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computer Science, a Bunting Fellow, and was the recipient of the 1996 Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship, the University of California Microelectronics Scholarship. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher and won the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award in 1996 and the Abrahmson Teaching Award in 1999. Dr. Seltzer received an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.

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