Event Details
November 8, 2015 (All day) - November 13, 2015 (All day)
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Washington, DC
United States

LISA: Where systems engineering and operations professionals share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.

The LISA conference has long served as the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. The LISA15 program addresses the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering, and offers a highly-curated program around four key topics: Culture, Monitoring & Metrics, SRE & Software Engineering, and Systems & Network Engineering. The six-day program includes:

  • 23 half- and full-day Training Sessions, all geared towards helping you engineer and manage secure, scalable systems.
  • 12 Workshops, where you'll interact with fellow attendees in moderated and highly participatory sessions.
  • Over 60 Invited Talks, Refereed Paper Presentations, and Mini-Tutorials, all included in the Conference Program, which cover all aspects of IT operations and engineering.

Join us at LISA15, where you'll be inspired by forward-thinking ideas and gain practical knowledge that will be immediately applicable at your company.

LHighlights of the LISA15 program include:

Training Program, November 8-10:

  • “Go for Sysadmins” from Chris "Mac" McEniry, Sony Network Entertainment
  • "Neighborly Nagios" from David Josephsen, Librato
  • "systemd, the Next-Generation Linux System Manager" from Alison Chaiken, Mentor Graphics
  • "Software Defined Networking: Principles and Practice" from Nick Feamster, Princeton University
  • "How to Not Get Paged: Managing On-call to Reduce Outages" from Thomas A. Limoncelli, Stack Overflow

Conference Program, November 11-13:

Keynote and Closing Addresses:

  • "One Year After the Launch of the U.S. Digital Service: What’s Changed?" from Mikey Dickerson, U.S. Digital Service
  • "Sysadmins and Their Role in Cyberwar: Why Several Governments Want to Spy On and Hack You, Even If You Have Nothing to Hide" from Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist, American Civil Liberties Union
  • "Lean Configuration Management" from Jez Humble, VP, Chef
  • "It Was Never Going to Work, So Let’s Have Some Tea" from James Mickens, Harvard University

Invited Talks:

  • "Automation at the Network Layer" from Scott Garman, Puppet Labs
  • "Why Your Manager LOVES Technical Debt and What to Do About It" from Caskey L. Dickson
  • "Working with Law Enforcement v3.0 - Fifteen Years of Cooperation and Conflict" from Tom Perrine, Playstation
  • "The Care and Feeding of a Community" from Jessica Hilt, University of California, San Diego


  • "Solving Problems and Identifying Bottlenecks with strace and truss" from Doug Hughes, D. E. Shaw Research, LLC
  • "Interfacing with Humans: How to Manage in Prod Ops" from Connie-Lynne Villani, Grilled Cheese Invitational
  • "Git, Got, Gotten" from Jeffrey S. Haemer, Gogo Business Aviation
  • "Cloudy with a Chance of Security: PKI in the Age of Distributed Computing" from Brian J. Atkisson, Red Hat, Inc.

Refereed Paper Presentations, Poster Sessions, and Evening Events for Students and Young Professionals

Workshop Program, November 8-10:

  • "Incident Analysis: Maximizing Learning from Your Darkest Hours" led by Sue Lueder
  • "Improv For Sysadmins" led by H. Wade Minter
  • "Being the Bridge Builder: Mentoring for Individuals, Communities, and Organizations" led by Larissa Brown Shapiro