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Call for Participation


September 18-22, 1995
Marriott Hotel, Monterey, California

Co-sponsored by USENIX, the UNIX and Advanced Computing Systems Professional and Technical Association, and SAGE, the System Administrators Guild


Refereed Paper Submissions:
Extended abstracts due: May 1, 1995
Notification to authors: June 5, 1995
Final papers due: August 1, 1995
Advanced Topics in System Administration Workshop:
Proposals Due: August 1, 1995
Notification to Authors: August 14, 1995
Registration materials available: July, 1995

The USENIX Systems Administration (LISA) Conference is widely recognized as the leading technical conference for system administrators. Historically, LISA stood for "Large Installation Systems Administration," back in the days when having a large installation meant having over 100 users, over 100 systems, or over one gigabyte of disk storage. Today, the scope of the LISA conference includes topics of interest to system administrators from sites of all sizes and kinds. What the conference attendees have in common is an interest in solving problems that cannot be dealt with simply by scaling up well-understood solutions appropriate to a single machine or a small number of workstations on a LAN.

The theme for this year's conference is "New Challenges," which includes such emerging issues as integration of non-UNIX and proprietary systems and networking technologies, distributed information services, network voice and video teleconferencing, and managing very complex networks. We are particularly interested in technical papers that reflect hands-on experience, describe fully implemented and freely distributable solutions, and advance the state of the art of system administration as an engineering discipline.

Workshop: Advanced Topics in System Administration

September 19, 1995

A one-day, pre-LISA conference workshop, to be held Tuesday, September 19, 1995, will focus on a discussion of the latest-breaking technical issues in the systems administration arena as introduced by those in attendance. Attendance is limited and based on acceptance of a position paper. Acceptance notices to all participants will be issued by August 14, 1995.


Potential workshop attendees are invited to submit a proposal of at most 3 pages (ASCII) via electronic mail to no later than August 1. These proposals should briefly contain a topic for discussion, a description of the subject, an explanation of what makes this topic controversial or interesting, and a personal position. (More substantative reports of completed works should instead be submitted as papers to the technical sessions.) A representative subset of positions will be discussed in an open forum.

The workshop is being organized by John Schimmel of Silicon Graphics. Mail these proposals to by August 1. Chosen participants will be notified by August 14. Participants must be pre-registered for the LISA conference. No additional fee will be charged to attend this workshop, and lunch will be provided.

Monday and Tuesday, September 18-19, 1995

The two-day tutorial program at the conference offers up to five tracks of full- and half-day tutorials. Tutorials offer expert instruction in areas of interest to system administrators of all levels, from novice through senior. Topics are expected to include networking, advanced system administration tools, Solaris and BSD administration, Perl programming, firewalls, NIS, DNS, Sendmail, and more.

To provide the best possible tutorial offerings, USENIX continually solicits proposals for new tutorials. If you are interested in presenting a tutorial at this or other USENIX conferences, please contact the tutorial coordinator:

Daniel V. Klein
+1 412 421 0285
FAX: +1 412 421 2332

Wednesday through Friday, September 20-22, 1995

The three days of technical sessions consist of two parallel tracks. The first track is dedicated to presentations of refereed technical papers. The second track is intended to accommodate invited talks, panels and Works-in-Progress (WIP) sessions.


Papers addressing the following topics are particularly timely; papers addressing other technical areas of general interest are equally welcome.


An extended abstract is required for the paper selection process. Full papers are not acceptable at this stage; if you send a full paper, you must also include an extended abstract. "Extended" means 2-5 pages.

Include references to establish that you are familiar with related work, and, where possible, provide detailed performance data to establish that you have a working implementation or measurement tool.

Submissions will be judged on the quality of the written submission, and whether or not the work advances the state of the art of system administration. For more detailed author instructions and a sample extended abstract, send email to or call USENIX at +1 510 528 8649.

Note that the USENIX organization, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers not be submitted simultaneously to more than one conference or publication and that submitted papers not be previously or subsequently published elsewhere. Papers accompanied by "non-disclosure agreement" forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidence prior to publication in the conference proceedings, both as a matter of policy and as protected by the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Authors of an accepted paper must provide a final paper for publication in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper presents the paper at the conference. Final papers are limited to 20 pages, including diagrams, figures and appendixes, and must be in troff, ASCII, or LaTeX format. We will supply you with instructions. Papers should include a brief description of the site, where appropriate.

Conference proceedings, containing all refereed papers and materials from the invited talks, will be distributed to attendees and will also be available from the USENIX following the conference.


Please submit extended abstracts for the refereed paper track by two of the following methods:

To discuss potential submissions, and for inquiries regarding the content of the conference program, contact the program co-chairs at or at:

Tina M. Darmohray
Phone: 510 443 4425
Fax: 415 962 0842

Paul Evans
Synopsys, Inc.
700 East Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA USA 94043
+1 415 694 1855
FAX: +1 415 965 8637


If you have a topic of general interest to system administrators, but that is not suited for a traditional technical paper submission, please submit a proposal for a second track presentation to the invited talk (IT) coordinators:

Laura de Leon, Hewlett-Packard
+1 415 857 5605
FAX: +1 415 857 5686

Peg Schafer, BBN
+1 617 873-2626
FAX: +1 617 873 4265


Program Co-chair: Tina Darmohray, Consultant
Program Co-chair: Paul Evans, Synopsys, Inc.
Paul Anderson, University of Edinburgh
Kim Carney, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rob Kolstad, Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
Bryan McDonald, SRI International
Marcus Ranum, Trusted Information Systems, Inc.
John Schimmel, Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Wednesday, September 20, 1995

Well-informed vendor representatives will demonstrate products and services at the informal table-top display. If your company would like to participate, please contact:

Zanna Knight
+1 510 528 8649
FAX: +1 510 548 5738


Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings of attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs are held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings of the conference. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by telephoning the USENIX Conference Office at +1 714 588 8649 or via e-mail to They may also be scheduled at the conference.


All details of the conference program, conference registration fees and forms, and hotel discount and reservation information will be available in July, 1995. If you wish to receive registration materials, please contact:

USENIX Conference Office
22672 Lambert Street, Suite 613
Lake Forest, CA USA 92630
+1 714 588 8649
FAX: +1 714 588 9706

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