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Announcement SANE 2004

System Administration and NEtworking conferences

Announcement and Call for Papers
4th International SANE Conference
System Administration and Network Engineering Conference
September 27 - October 1, 2004
RAI Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A Stichting SANE conference organized by the NLUUG, the UNIX User Group  -The Netherlands. Co-sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association and NLnet Foundation.


Technology is advancing, the systems administration profession is changing rapidly, and you have to master new skills to keep apace. At the 4th International SANE (System Administration and Network Engineering) technical conference and tutorial tracks you'll find a wealth of opportunities to meet other system administrators and network (security) professionals with similar interests, while attending a program that brings you the latest in tools, techniques, security and networking. You can learn from tutorials, refereed papers and invited talks.

The official language at the conference will be English.
The conference will be located at the Amsterdam RAI Centre.

Tutorial program (September 27-29)

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a large selection of practical, problem-solving, in-depth tutorials will be presented to you by the most authoritative, popular and widely acclaimed speakers in the field.
If you're interested in presenting a tutorial or would like to share ideas about what would make a terrific tutorial, please contact the Tutorial Coordinator.

Technical conference (September 30-October 1)

Thursday and Friday will offer comprehensive technical sessions, inclUding keynote address, presentations of refereed papers and invited talks. Join peers and gurus during the enjoyable social event and the closing event.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to have "Birds of a Feather" (BoF) or "The Guru is In" sessions throughout the conference.

The SANE 2004 conference seeks original and innovative papers about the applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of modern computing systems and IP networks. Papers that analyze problem areas and draw important conclusions from practical experience are especially welcome.
Presentations are being solicited in areas including but not limited to:

  • Security tools and techniques: IPsec, Network Intrusion Detection Systems, Firewalls, VPNs, practical cryptography, auditing and computer forensics
  • Attacks against networks and machines, including denial-of-service attacks
  • Adventures in nomadic and wireless computing
  • Web security fundamentals and practical web site maintenance
  • Integrating new networking technologies like IPv6
  • Network monitoring and traffic shaping solutions
  • System and network performance tuning
  • Managing enterprise-wide email and fighting spam
  • Innovative system administration tools and techniques
  • Distributed or automated system administration
  • Managing large amounts of computers
  • Unix on the desktop (including MacOS X)

Refereed paper submissions

Papers for the technical sessions will be reviewed by the program committee. An award will be given at the conference for the best paper in this track.
An extended abstract is required for the paper selection process. Abstracts must be submitted through this web form. Abstracts accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread.

Authors of accepted submissions must provide a final paper for publication in the conference proceedings. These final papers are held in the highest confidence prior to publication in the conference proceedings. By agreeing to present your paper at SANE 2004, you also give permission to the SANE 2004 conference organizers to publish the paper on the NLUUG and SANE web sites.

Important dates

Extended abstracts due: January 7, 2004
Notification to speakers: February 2, 2004
Final papers due: August 16, 2004

Conference organizers

  • Program chair <>
    Walter Belgers, Madison Gurkha, Eindhoven, NL
  • Tutorial Coordinator <>
    Jos Alsters, C&CZ, KU Nijmegen, NL
  • Program Committee
    Bastiaan Bakker, Lifeline Networks, Capelle a/d IJssel, NL
    Fred Donck, PatriotSoft, Gorinchem, NL
    Rudi van Drunen, Leiden Cytology and Pathology Lab, Leiden, NL
    Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    Xander Jansen, SURFnet, Utrecht, NL
    Edwin Kremer, TUNIX Internet Security & Training, Nijmegen, NL
    Brenda Langedijk, Madison Gurkha, Eindhoven, NL
    Tobias Oetiker, ETH, Zürich, CH
    Alexios Zavras, Athens, GR
  • Event Organization <>
    Wytze van der Raay, treasurer, NLnet Foundation, Amsterdam, NL
    Mariëlle Klatten and Sabina Beeke, conference organizers, ICONIQ, Baarn, NL

Complete program and registration information will be available March 2004.
For questions not being answered at this web site, please contact
the Event Organization by e-mail:

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