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WASL 2008 : First USENIX Workshop on the Analysis of System Logs


When Dec 7, 2008 - Dec 7, 2008
Where San Diego, CA, USA
Submission Deadline Sep 2, 2008
Notification Due Sep 26, 2008
Final Version Due Oct 28, 2008

Call For Papers

Workshop on the Analysis of System Logs (WASL) 2008
Call for Papers
December 7, 2008
San Diego, CA
(at OSDI)
FULL PAPER SUBMISSION: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
AUTHOR NOTIFICATION: Friday, September 26, 2008
System logs contain a wide variety of information about system status and health, including events from various applications, daemons and drivers, as well as sampled information such as resource utilization statistics. As such, these logs represent a rich source of information for the analysis and diagnosis of system problems and prediction of future system events. However, their lack of organization and the general lack of semantic consistency between information from various software and hardware vendors means that most of this information content is wasted. Indeed, today's most popular log analysis technique is to use regular expressions to either detect events of interest or to filter the log so that a human operator can examine it manually.
Clearly, this captures only a fraction of the information available in these logs and does not scale to the large systems common in business and supercomputing environments.
This workshop will focus on novel techniques for extracting operationally useful information from existing logs and methods to improve the information content of future logs.

Topics include but are not limited to:
o Reports on publicly available sources of sample log data.
o Log anonymization
o Log feature detection and extraction
o Prediction of malfunction or misuse based on log data
o Statistical techniques to characterize log data
o Applications of Natural-Language Processing (NLP) to logs
o Scalable log compression
o Log comparison techniques
o Methods to enhance and standardize log semantics
o System diagnostic techniques
o Log visualization
o Analysis of services (problem ticket) logs

Workshop Chair:
Greg Bronevetsky (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Program Committee:
Sudharshan Vazhkudai, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Christian Engelmann, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Adam Oliner, Stanford University
Bianca Schroeder, University of Toronto
Ramendra K. Sahoo, IBM TJ Watson Laboratory
Jon Stearley, Sandia National Laboratory
Eduardo Pinheiro, Google Research
Raffael Marty, Splunk
Chris Whitaker,
Chad Verbowski, Microsoft Research

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