Large Installation System Administration Conference

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LISA is the Large Installation System Administration Conference, co-sponsored by the computing professional organizations USENIX and its LISA special interest group (formerly known as SAGE).[1]

The word "large" was dropped from the title of the 6th conference in 1992 (though retaining the "LISA" name); the full acronym was restored in the title of the 2003 conference and remains in use today.[2] The definition of "large" was originally understood to mean sites with over 100 users or over 100 terabytes of storage.[citation needed]


The LISA conference were first held in 1987;[3] the USENIX web site lists proceedings as far back as 1987, though only those proceedings from 1993 onward are available online.[2] Attendance has recently been in the 1000-2000 range.[citation needed]


The conference is typically held in the fall in a conference center hotel somewhere in the United States. Between 1987 and 2008, roughly half of them were somewhere in California,[2] it generally runs six days: six days of full-day and half-day tutorial training sessions, three days of technical sessions, and a two-day vendor exhibition. The technical sessions usually include multiple tracks, including a peer reviewed refereed paper track, invited talks, and a "Guru-Is-In" Q&A track.

For many years, the conference often ended with a LISA quiz show trivia contest, but that has been replaced with a plenary session to close out the week.


The refereed papers are published in a proceedings volume. Many important topics in system administration were first disseminated publicly via LISA papers.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "LISA Special Interest Group for Sysadmins (formerly SAGE)". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "USENIX Events by Name: Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA)". Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  3. ^ "USENIX Timeline". USENIX. Retrieved 2 September 2009.