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2007 USENIX Annual Technical Conference

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John Arrasjid (F1) has 20 years of experience in the computer science field. His experienceJohn Arrasjid includes work with companies such as AT&T, Amdahl, 3Dfx Interactive, Kubota Graphics, Roxio, and his own company, WebNexus Communications, where he developed consulting practices and built a cross-platform IT team. John is currently a senior member of the VMware Professional Services Organization as a Consulting Architect. John has developed a number of PSO engagements, including Performance, Security, and Disaster Recovery and Backup.

Richard Bejtlich (W1, R2, F2) is founder of TaoSecurity LLC (, a company that helpsRichard Bejtlich clients detect, contain, and remediate intrusions using network security monitoring (NSM) principles. Richard was previously a principal consultant at Foundstone, performing incident response, emergency NSM, and security research and training. He has created NSM operations for ManTech International Corporation and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. From 1998 to 2001, Richard defended global American information assets in the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT), performing and supervising the real-time intrusion detection mission. Formally trained as an intelligence officer, he holds degrees from Harvard University and the United States Air Force Academy. Richard wrote the Tao of Network Security Monitoring: Beyond Intrusion Detection and the forthcoming Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions and Real Digital Forensics. He also wrote original material for Hacking Exposed, 4th Ed., Incident Response, 2nd Ed., and Sys Admin Magazine. Richard holds the CISSP, CIFI, and CCNA certifications. His popular Web log resides at

Gerald Carter (M9, W2, R3) has been a member of the Samba Development Team since 1998. He has been developing, Gerald Carter writing about, and teaching on open source since the late 1990s. Currently employed by Centeris as a Samba and open source developer, Gerald has written books for SAMS Publishing and for O'Reilly Publishing.


Strata Rose Chalup (S6, M8) has been leading and managing complex IT projects for many years, serving in roles ranging from Strata Rose Chalup Project Manager to Director of Network Operations. She has written a number of articles on management and working with teams and has applied her management skills on various volunteer boards, including BayLISA and SAGE. Strata has a keen interest in network information systems and new publishing technologies and built a successful consulting practice around being an avid early adopter of new tools, starting with ncsa_httpd and C-based CGI libraries in 1993 and moving on to wikis, RSS readers, and blogging. Another MIT dropout, Strata founded VirtualNet Consulting in 1993.

Tom Christiansen (R1) has been involved with Perl since day zero of its initial public release Tom Christiansen in 1987. Author of several books on Perl, including The Perl Cookbook and Programming Perl from O'Reilly, Tom is also a major contributor to Perl's online documentation. He holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and Spanish and a Master's in computer science. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Lee Damon (R4) has a B.S. in Speech Communication from Oregon State University. He has been Lee Damona UNIX system administrator since 1985 and has been active in SAGE since its inception. He assisted in developing a mixed AIX/SunOS environment at IBM Watson Research and has developed mixed environments for Gulfstream Aerospace and QUALCOMM. He is currently leading the development effort for the Nikola project at the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department. Among other professional activities, he is a charter member of LOPSA and SAGE and past chair of the SAGE Ethics and Policies working groups, and he was the chair of LISA '04.

Shridhar Deuskar (F1) has over 10 years of experience in system administration of UNIX and Windows servers. Shridhar DeuskarHe has consulted with companies such as Caterpillar, HP, and EMC. Currently he is a Consulting Architect in VMware's Professional Services organization and is responsible for delivering services tied to virtualization to clients worldwide.

Jacob Farmer (M7, M10) is a well-known figure in the data storage industry. He has written numerous papers and articles and is a regularJacob Farmer speaker at trade shows and conferences. In addition to his regular expert advice column in the "Reader I/O" section of InfoStor Magazine, the leading trade magazine of the data storage industry, Jacob also serves as the publication's senior technical advisor. Jacob has over 18 years of experience with storage technologies and is the CTO of Cambridge Computer Services, a national integrator of data storage and data protection solutions.

Rik Farrow (S3, M3) provides UNIX and Internet security consulting and training. He has been working with Rik Farrow UNIX system security since 1984 and with TCP/IP networks since 1988. He has taught at the IRS, Department of Justice, NSA, NASA, US West, Canadian RCMP, Swedish Navy, and for many U.S. and European user groups. He is the author of UNIX System Security and System Administrator's Guide to System V. Farrow is the editor of ;login: and works passionately to improve the state of computer security.

Æleen Frisch (M1, T5) has been a system administrator for over 20 years. She currently looks Aeleen Frischafter a pathologically heterogeneous network of UNIX and Windows systems. She is the author of several books, including Essential System Administration (now in its 3rd edition). Æleen was the program committee chair for LISA '03 and is a frequent presenter at USENIX and SAGE events, as well as presenting classes for universities and corporations worldwide.

  Peter Baer Galvin (S4, W3) is the Chief Technologist for Corporate Technologies, Inc., a systems integrator and VAR, and was Peter Baer Galvin the Systems Manager for Brown University's Computer Science Department. He has written articles for Byte and other magazines. He wrote the "Pete's Wicked World" and "Pete's Super Systems" columns at SunWorld. He is currently contributing editor for Sys Admin, where he manages the Solaris Corner. Peter is co-author of the Operating Systems Concepts and Applied Operating Systems Concepts textbooks. As a consultant and trainer, Peter has taught tutorials on security and system administration and has given talks at many conferences and institutions on such topics as Web services, performance tuning, and high availability.

Simson L. Garfinkel (S1) is an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a fellow at Simson L. Garfinkelthe Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University. He is also the founder of Sandstorm Enterprises, a computer security firm that develops advanced computer forensic tools used by businesses and governments to audit their systems. Garfinkel has research interests in computer forensics, the emerging field of usability and security, information policy, and terrorism. He has actively researched and published in these areas for more than two decades. Hewrites a monthly column for CSO Magazine, , for which he has been awarded four national journalism awards, and is the author or co-author of fourteen books on computing. He is perhaps best known for Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century and for Practical UNIX and Internet Security.

Peter Honeyman (T3) is Research Professor of Information at the University of Michigan and Scientific Director of the Center forPeter Honeyman Information Technology Integration, where he leads a team of scientists, engineers, and students developing the Linux-based open source reference implementation of NFSv4 and its extensions for high end computing. With 25 years of experience building middleware for file systems, security, and mobile computing—including Honey DanBer UUCP, PathAlias, MacNFS, Disconnected AFS, and WebCard (the first Internet smart card)—Honeyman is regarded as one of the world's leading experimental computer scientists.

James Mauro (T4) is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Performance and Availability Engineering group at Sun Microsystems. Jim's current interests and activities are centered on benchmarking Solaris 10 performance, workload analysis, and tool development. This work includes Sun's new Opteron-based systems and multicore performance on Sun's Chip Multithreading (CMT) Niagara processor. Jim resides in Green Brook, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons. He spent most of his spare time in the past year working on the second edition of Solaris Internals. Jim co-authored the first edition of Solaris Internals with Richard McDougall and has been writing about Solaris in various forums for the past eight years.

Richard McDougall (T4), had he lived 100 years ago, would have had the hood open on the first four-stroke Richard McDougallinternal combustion gasoline-powered vehicle, exploring new techniques for making improvements. He would be looking for simple ways to solve complex problems and helping pioneering owners understand how the technology works to get the most from their new experience. These days, McDougall uses technology to satisfy his curiosity. He is a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, specializing in operating systems technology and system performance. He is co-author of Solaris Internals (Prentice Hall PTR, 2000) and Resource Management (Sun Microsystems Press, 1999).

Alan Robertson (T1) founded the High-Availability Linux (Linux-HA) project in 1998 and has been project Alan Robertsonleader for it since then. He worked for SuSE for a year, then in March 2001 joined IBM's Linux Technology Center, where he works on it full time. Before joining SuSE, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs. He worked for Bell Labs for 21 years in a variety of roles. These included providing leading-edge computing support, writing software tools and developing voicemail systems.

Chip Salzenberg (S5, S8, M5) is Principal Engineer at Cloudmark, where he fights spam withChip Salzenberg flair and aplomb. Chip is also chief coder ("pumpking") of the Parrot virtual machine (,) with which Chip plans to bring all dynamic languages together and, in the darkness, dynamically bind them. Chip is a well-known figure in the Perl and free and open source communities, having worked on free and open source software for over 20 years, Perl for 18 years, and Linux for 13 years. Chip was pumpking for Perl release 5.4. He created the automated Linux install-and-test system for VA Linux Systems and was VA's Kernel Coordinator. Chip is a perennial presenter at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference and YAPC (Yet Another Perl Conference), teaches Perl and C++ commercially, and has been published by O'Reilly and Prentice Hall on Perl and other topics. When away from his keyboard, Chip plays with (live) parrots and trains in Krav Maga. Chip's journal is at

John Sellens (S9, M6, T6) has been involved in system and network administration since 1986 and is John Sellens the author of several related USENIX papers, a number of ;login: articles, and the SAGE Short Topics in System Administration booklet #7, System and Network Administration for Higher Reliability. He holds an M.Math. in computer science from the University of Waterloo and is a chartered accountant. He is the proprietor of SYONEX, a systems and networks consultancy. From 1999 to 2004, he was the General Manager for Certainty Solutions in Toronto. Prior to joining Certainty, John was the Director of Network Engineering at UUNET Canada and was a staff member in computing and information technology at the University of Waterloo for 11 years.

Abe Singer (S7, M2, T2) is a Computer Security Researcher in the Security Technologies Group Abe Singerat the San Diego Supercomputer Center. In his operational security responsibilities, he participates in incident response and forensics and in improving the SDSC logging infrastructure. His research is in pattern analysis of syslog data for data mining. He is co-author of of the SAGE booklet Building a Logging Infrastructure and author of a forthcoming O'Reilly book on log analysis.

Marc Staveley (M4) works with Soma Networks, where he is applying his many years of experience with UNIX Marc Staveley development and administration in leading their IT group. Previously Marc had been an independent consultant and also held positions at Sun Microsystems, NCR, Princeton University, and the University of Waterloo. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of standards-based development, multi-threaded programming, system administration, and performance tuning.

Theodore Ts'o (S10, W4) has been a Linux kernel developer since almost the very beginnings Theodore Ts'oof Linux: he implemented POSIX job control in the 0.10 Linux kernel. He is the maintainer and author of the Linux COM serial port driver and the Comtrol Rocketport driver, and he architected and implemented Linux's tty layer. Outside of the kernel, he is the maintainer of the e2fsck filesystem consistency checker. Ted is currently employed by IBM Linux Technology Center.

Steve VanDevender (T7) by once not knowing to be afraid of Sendmail, has ended up specializing in email system administration for much of his system Steve VanDevenderadministration career. At between 1994 and 2002, he ended up managing a mail system that grew to 10,000 users; at the University of Oregon since 1996, he has helped manage a mail system that has grown from 20,000 to 30,000 users and, more important, has grown even more in message volume and user activity, with many corresponding changes to cope with that growth. Since 2000, he has taught a popular course in system administration for the University of Oregon's Department of Computer and Information Science.

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