USENIX organization supporting operating system research

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"USENIX" in red with subtitle "The Advanced Computing Systems Association" in gray
USENIX: The Advanced Computing Systems Association
Formation1975; 46 years ago (1975)[1]
HeadquartersBerkeley, California, United States
Amy Rich
USENIX booth at Linuxcon 2016

USENIX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and membership association that supports advanced computing systems and operating system research. Its mission is to:

  • Foster technical excellence and innovation
  • Support and disseminate research with a practical bias
  • Provide a neutral forum for discussion of technical issues
  • Encourage computing outreach into the community at large

USENIX was founded in 1975 under the name "Unix Users Group," focusing primarily on the study and development of Unix and similar systems. In June 1977, a lawyer from AT&T Corporation informed the group that they could not use the word UNIX as it was a trademark of Western Electric (the manufacturing arm of AT&T until 1995), which led to the change of name to USENIX.[2] It has since grown into a respected organization among practitioners, developers, and researchers of computer operating systems more generally. Since its founding, it has offered a technical publication entitled ;login:.[3]

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's founding President was Lou Katz.


USENIX hosts numerous conferences and symposia each year, including:

  • USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI)
  • USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security)
  • USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST)
  • USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI)
  • USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC)
  • SREcon, a conference for engineers focused on site reliability, systems engineering, and working with complex distributed systems at scale
  • LISA, the Large Installation System Administration Conference
  • Enigma, a conference focused on practical privacy and security expertise and knowledge sharing in a welcoming and inclusive environment

Open access

USENIX became the first computing association to provide open access to their conference and workshop papers in 2008.[4] Since 2011, they have provided audio and video recordings of paper presentations and conference talks in their open-access materials, free of charge.

USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award

This award, also called the "Flame" award, has been presented since 1993.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Salus, Peter H. (25 April 2008). "USENIX History : Thirtieth Anniversary, USENIX Association". USENIX. Archived from the original on 21 November 2017. Retrieved 2020-04-12. June 18, 1975. CUNY in Manhattan. Mel Ferentz runs the first USENIX conference. Of course, it wasn't called USENIX then, it was a UNIX users' group, until the lawyers at AT&T; got tough about that (tm). And it wasn't the first meeting, either, as Lou Katz had run a small meeting in a conference room at Columbia in May 1974. But there were "about 40 people from 20 institutions" at the 1975 meeting.
  2. ^ Lehey, Greg (June 2003). "President's Column". AUUGN. AUUG, Inc. 24 (2): 3. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  3. ^ ;login: The USENIX Magazine
  4. ^ USENIX Supports Open Access
  5. ^ "USENIX Flame Award". USENIX. Retrieved 2018-12-22.

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