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USENIX: The Advanced Computing Systems Association
Formation 1975
Headquarters Berkeley, California, United States
Brian Noble
Website .org.usenixwww

The USENIX Association is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. It was founded in 1975 under the name "Unix Users Group," focusing primarily on the study and development of operating systems more generally. Since its founding, it has published a technical journal entitled ;login:.[2]

USENIX was started as a technical organization. As commercial interest grew, a number of separate groups started in parallel, most notably the Software Tools Users Group (STUG), a technical adjunct for Unix-like tools and interface on non-Unix operating systems, and /usr/group, a commercially oriented user group.

USENIX has a special interest group for LISA, formerly SAGE.

It sponsors several conferences and workshops each year, most notably the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI), the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, the USENIX Security Symposium, the USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), and with LISA (formerly SAGE), the Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA).

USENIX's founding President was Lou Katz.


  • Open access 1
  • USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Open access

USENIX became the first computing association to provide open access to their conference and workshop papers in 2008.[3] As of 2013, it remains the only one to have done so. Since 2011, they have included audio and video recordings of paper presentations in their open-access materials.

USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award

USENIX 1984 Summer speakers having some fun. Photo by Perry Kivolowitz.

This award, also called the "Flame" award, is handed out annually since 1993.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Lehey, Greg (June 2003). "President's Column". AUUGN (AUUG, Inc.) 24 (2): 3. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ ;login: The USENIX Magazine
  3. ^ USENIX Supports Open Access
  4. ^ "USENIX Flame Award". USENIX. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 

External links

  • USENIX: The Advanced Computing Systems Association
  • LISA: The USENIX SIG for Sysadmins
  • Official USENIX YouTube Channel
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