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 Refereed Papers and Invited Talks Tracks 1998 USENIX Annual Technical Conference - June 15-19, 1998 - Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

Technical Sessions     Refereed Papers & Invited Talks Tracks
[Wed, June 17]    [Thurs, June 18]    [Fri, June 19]    [FREENIX]


Wednesday, June 17   9:00am - 10:30am   Joint Opening Session
Opening Remarks and Awards
Fred Douglis, AT&T Labs - Research

Keynote Address: Science and the Chimera
James "The Amazing" Randi

"The Amazing" Randi will discuss and reveal the nonsense that presently passes for science and is being promoted by the media as factual for their own purposes. There will be a demonstration of the techniques used by psychics to deceive the public.

James Randi is a professional magician, author, lecturer, amateur archaeologist, and amateur astronomer. He was the subject of a NOVA program dealing with his life work. He is a founding fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), a non-profit organization of academics and other experts devoted to the examination of paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims.

You may want to visit his Web site at

Wednesday, June 17   10:30am - 11:00am   Break
Refereed Papers Track
  Invited Talks Track

Wednesday, June 17   11:00am - 12:30pm    see [FREENIX Track]

Performance I
Session Chair: Fred Douglis, AT&T Labs - Research

Scalable Kernel Performance for Internet Servers Under Realistic Loads
Gaurav Banga, Rice University and Jeffrey C. Mogul, Digital Equipment Corporation, Western Research Lab

Tribeca: A System for Managing Large Databases of Network Traffic
Mark Sullivan, Juno Online Services and Andrew Heybey, Niksun

Transparent Result Caching
Amin Vahdat, University of California, Berkeley and Thomas E. Anderson University of Washington

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

This talk will start with the basic anatomy of the body and the habits which may cause an RSI to occur. It will then cover the most common types of RSI, including their symptoms, interactions with doctors, and various treatment methods. Finally, the talk will provide some tips on dealing with the Worker's Compensation system and ways to prevent RSI. Jeff has worked for Hewlett-Packard for 11 years and has had an RSI for 2-1/2 years.

Wednesday, June 17   12:30pm - 2:00pm   Lunch (on your own)


Wednesday, June 17   2:00pm - 3:30pm    see [FREENIX Track]

Session Chair: Terri Watson, Microsoft Corporation

SLIC: An Extensibility System for Commodity Operating Systems
Douglas P. Ghormley, University of California, Berkeley; Steven H. Rodrigues, Network Appliance Corporation; David Petrou, Carnegie Mellon University; Thomas E. Anderson, University of Washington

A Transactional Memory in an Extensible Operating System
Yasushi Saito and Brian Bershad, University of Washington

Dynamic C++ Classes - A Lightweight Mechanism to Update Code in a Running Program
Gisli Hjalmtysson, AT&T Labs - Research and Robert Gray, Dartmouth College

  Mixing UNIX and PC Operating Systems via Microkernels: Experiences Using Rhapsody for Apple Environments and OpenNT for NT Systems
Speakers: Stephen R. Walli, Softway Systems and Brett Halle, Apple Computers, Inc.

OpenNT provides a complete environment on top of the Windows NT microkernel for porting and running UNIX applications side-by-side with Win32 applications. Stephe will discuss:

* the technical aspects of providing such an environment subsystem and its architecture
* integrating the two security models
* integrating the overall execution environments
* porting and run-time experience and issues

Rhapsody takes a different approach. Its foundation is the CMU Mach3 MicroKernel, plus BSD 4.4 lite. The traditional Apple environment is then spliced on top of it. While Apple has attempted to hide the UNIX side of Rhapsody from their typical users, they will want it to be available to higher education users, etc. This talk will discuss the technical aspects of how Rhapsody was put together.

Wednesday, June 17   3:30pm - 4:00pm   Break


Wednesday, June 17   4:00pm - 5:30pm    see [FREENIX Track]

Commercial Applications
Session Chair: Dave Presotto, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs

Fast Consistency Checking for the Solaris File System
Kent Peacock, Ashvin Kamaraju, and Sanjay Agrawal, Sun Microsystems

General Purpose Operating System Support for Multiple Page Sizes
Narayanan Ganapathy and Curt Schimmel, Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Implementation of Multiple Pagesize Support in HP-UX
Indira Subramanian, Cliff Mather, Kurt Peterson, and Balakrishna Raghunath, Hewlett-Packard Company

  Succumbing to the Dark Side of the Force: The Internet as seen from an Adult Web Site
Speaker: Daniel Klein, Erotika

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.


[Wed, June 17]    [Thurs, June 18]    [Fri, June 19]    Refereed Papers & Invited Talks Tracks
[Wed, June 17]    [Thurs, June 18]    [Fri, June 19]    FREENIX Track

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