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2002 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, June 10-15, 2002, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
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The Technical Sessions are Thursday - Saturday and include:

9:00 am - 10:30 am    

Steinbeck Forum

Where in the Net . . .
Session Chair: Patrick McDaniel, AT&T Research

A Precise and Efficient Evaluation of the Proximity Between Web Clients and Their Local DNS Servers
Zhuoqing Mao, UC Berkeley; and Charles Cranor, Fred Douglis, Michael Rabinovich, Oliver Spatscheck, and Jia Wang, AT&T Labs

Geographic Properties of Internet Routing
Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, UC Berkeley; Venkata N. Padmanabhan, Microsoft Research; and Randy H. Katz, UC Berkeley

Providing Process Origin Information to Aid in Network Traceback
Florian Buchholz, Purdue University; and Clay Shields, Georgetown University

Serra Ballroom I

Information Visualization for Systems People
Tamara Munzner, University of British Columbia

By interacting with a carefully designed visual representation of data, people form mental models that help them carry out a specific task more effectively. To meet the daunting design challenge of finding a cognitively useful spatial mapping for an abstract dataset, information visualization draws on ideas from several intellectual traditions, including computer graphics, human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, semiotics, graphic design, cartography, and art. I will present a survey of information visualization techniques and methods, concentrating on solutions relevant to problems faced by computer systems people.

Serra Ballroom II

Engineering Open Source Software
Session Chair: Niels Provos, University of Michigan

Ningaui: A Linux Cluster for Business
Andrew Hume, AT&T Labs—Research; and Scott Daniels, EDS

Awarded Best Paper!
CPCMS: A Configuration Management System Based on Cryptographic Names
Jonathan S. Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University

X Meets Z: Verifying Correctness in the Presence of POSIX Threads
Bart Massey, Portland State University; and Robert T. Bauer, Rational Software Corp.

Ferrante Room

Internet Security, Intranet Security, Mapping Networks
Bill Cheswick, Lumeta Corporation

Ches used to be a programmer from Bell Labs. Now he is a programmer for a Bell Labs startup. He is working hard on the second edition of his book.

10:30 am - 11:00 am   Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Steinbeck Forum

Session Chair: Darrell Anderson, Duke University

Cyclone: A Safe Dialect of C
Trevor Jim, AT&T Labs—Research; and Greg Morrisett, Dan Grossman, Michael Hicks, James Cheney, and Yanling Wang, Cornell

Cooperative Task Management Without Manual Stack Management
Atul Adya, Jon Howell, Marvin Theimer, Bill Bolosky, and John Douceur, Microsoft Research

Improving Wait-Free Algorithms for Interprocess Communication in Embedded Real-Time Systems
Hai Huang, Padmanabhan Pillai, and Kang G. Shin, University of Michigan

Serra Ballroom I

Fixing Network Security by Hacking the Business Climate (PDF)
Bruce Schneier, Counterpane Internet Security

Network security has long been considered an engineering problem, which companies try to solve by applying technologies. The technologies are failing, and the problem is worsening. What we need are security processes, such as detection, response, and deterrence. However, the only way to get corporate management to adequately address security is to change the risk-management equation. This can be achieved by enforcing penalties for liabilities and giving corporate management the means to reduce or insure against those liabilities. It's only after we do all of these things that the Internet will be a safe and secure place.

Serra Ballroom II

File Systems
Session Chair: Erez Zadok, Stony Brook University

Planned Extensions to the Linux Ext2/Ext3 Filesystem
Theodore Ts'o, IBM; and Stephen Tweedie, Red Hat

Recent Filesystem Optimisations on FreeBSD
Ian Dowse, Trinity College; and David Malone, Dublin Institute of Technology;

Filesystem Performance and Scalability in Linux 2.4.17
Ray Bryant, SGI; Ruth Forester, IBM; and John Hawkes, SGI

Ferrante Room

Jim Gettys, Compaq

Jim helped develop the X Window System. He also edited the HTTP/1.1 spec, and is now messing with Linux handhelds.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm   Lunch on your own
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Steinbeck Forum

Session Chair: Mary Baker, Stanford University

Robust Positioning Algorithms for Distributed Ad-Hoc Wireless Sensor Networks
Chris Savarese, UC Berkeley; Koen Langendoen, Delft University of Technology; and Jan Rabaey, UC Berkeley

Application-specific Network Management for Energy-aware Streaming of Popular Multimedia Formats
Surendar Chandra, University of Georgia; and Amin Vahdat, Duke University

Characterizing and Analyzing Alert and Browse Services of Mobile Clients
Atul Adya, Paramvir Bahl, and Lili Qiu, Microsoft Research

Serra Ballroom I

Life in an Open Source Startup
Daryll Strauss, Consultant

Development is very different for open source companies. Strangers look at your code. You give away large parts of your intellectual property. Demands are made by your users. You're expected to explain your plans and actions. Outsiders contribute code without necessarily understanding the material in depth. The benefits are a better product that better meets the requirements of your users. The development of OpenGL for Linux, a very large and very visible open source project, was a roller coaster ride with a startup company, acquisition, and finally a split, but the project lives on. This talk will debunk some of the myths about open source development and will draw conclusions in the hope of improving experiences for future open source companies.

Serra Ballroom II

Things to Think About
Session Chair: Toon Moene, GNU Fortran Team

Speeding Up the Kernel Scheduler by Reducing Cache Misses
Shuji Yamamura, Akira Hirai, Mitsuru Sato, Masao Yamamoto, Akira Naruse, and Kouichi Kumon, Fujitsu Laboratories, LTD

Overhauling Amd for the '00s: A Case Study of GNU Autotools
Erez Zadok, Stony Brook University

Simple Memory Protection for Embedded Operating System Kernels
Frank Miller, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Ferrante Room

Sysadmin Management/General
David Parter, University of Wisconsin, Madison

David has been a system administrator at the University of Wisconsin Computer Science Department for 10 years, serving as Associate Director for the past six. David has been the senior system administrator, guiding a staff of 8 fulltime sysdamins, and supervising up to 12 student sysadmins at a time. His experiences in this capacity include working with other groups on campus; providing technical leadership to the group; managing the budget; dealing with vendors; dealing with faculty; and training students. As a consultant, he has dealt with a variety of technical and management challenges. David has also been active in SAGE, serving on several program committees and chairing LISA '99. He currently serves as SAGE President.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm   Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmpm   Serra Ballroom


Special Closing Session: How Flies Fly?
Michael H. Dickinson, Williams Professor, UC Berkeley

Join Professor Dickinson as he shares his fascinating exploration into the flight behavior and aerodynamics of flies. In his research Professor Dickinson uses virtual technology to reconstruct what a fly 'sees' and determine the means by which the fly's nervous system integrates visual and olfactory input to modify aerodynamic forces. This clever fusion of olfactory and visual information produces a robust and efficient search algorithm and should serve as a useful model for control systems in autonomous vehicles.

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