USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - 13th Systems Administration Conference - LISA '99
A Retrospective on Twelve Years of LISA Proceedings
Eric Anderson and Dave Patterson, University of California at Berkeley
We examine two models for categorizing tasks performed by system
administrators. The first model is the traditional task based model.
The second model breaks tasks down by the source of the problem. We
then look at the historical trends of the last 12 years of LISA
proceedings based on these models. Finally, we analyze some of the
more important tasks done by system administrators and propose future
research in those areas. Our hope is that some of the academic rigor
in analyzing research can be brought to systems administration without
losing the practicality that makes the research valuable.