Announcement and Call for Papers

SANE 2006
5th System Administration and Network Engineering Conference
May 15-19, 2006
Aula Congresscentre, Delft, The Netherlands

A conference organized by Stichting SANE.
Co-sponsored by Stichting NLnet, USENIX, SURFnet and NLUUG.

We're pleased to invite you to participate in the SANE 2006 conference! At SANE 2006 we're offering 3 days of training, followed by a 2-day conference program filled with the latest developments in system administration, network engineering, security and open source software, and practical approaches to the puzzles and problems you wrestle with. You'll also have many opportunities to meet other system administrators and network professionals and chat with peers who share your concerns and interests.
The official language at the conference will be English. The venue for SANE 2006 will be the Aula Congresscentre, located on the campus of the University of Technology in Delft.

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 yourself or would like to share ideas about what would make a terrific tutorial, please contact the tutorial coordinator by email: <>.

Thursday and Friday will offer comprehensive technical sessions, including keynote address, presentations of refereed papers and invited talks. On Thursday evening, participants will join peers and gurus in the relaxing atmosphere of the conference social event.
The SANE 2006 technical sessions program committee seeks original and innovative papers about the applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of modern computing systems and 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:

Papers for the technical sessions will be reviewed by the program committee. Proposals can be submitted as extended abstracts or draft papers.

Extended abstracts: An extended abstract proposal should be about 3-5 pages long and should include a brief outline of the final paper. The form of the full paper must be clear from your abstract.

Draft papers: A draft paper proposal is limited to 15 pages, including diagrams, figures, references, and appendices. It should be a complete or near-complete paper, so that the program committee has the best possible understanding of your ideas and presentation.

If you are unsure whether to submit an extended abstract or a draft paper: remember that the whole point of your submission is to convince us that you will eventually be able deliver a stimulating presentation and an interesting paper. Pick the format based on that goal.

All submissions must be electronic, in ASCII or PDF format only. Proposals must be submitted through this Web form.

Authors of accepted submissions must provide a final paper for publication in the printed conference proceedings. These final papers are held in the highest confidence prior to publication in the conference proceedings. An award will be given at the conference for the best paper in this track.
By agreeing to present your paper at SANE 2006, you also give permission to the SANE 2006 conference organizers to publish the paper in the printed proceedings and on the SANE web site. Submissions accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned unread.


Extended abstracts due: October 24, 2005
Notification to speakers: November 30, 2005
Final papers due: April 3, 2006

An invited talk discusses a topic of general interest to attendees. Unlike a refereed paper, this topic may be, but need not be, new or unique, but should be timely and relevant and perhaps entertaining. Invited talk proposals should be accompanied by an extended abstract (2 pages) describing the contents of the talk and a short bio of the author. Email your proposal to the invited talks coordinators: <>

There will be space available to organize BoFs. Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoF space may be allocated prior to the conference by contacting the BoF coordinator: <>

Everyone is invited to bring dazzling technical questions to the experts at SANE's The Guru Is In sessions. These informal gatherings are organized around a single technical area or topic. Email suggestions for Guru Is In sessions or your offer to be a Guru to: <>

The SANE Posters provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results or for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work. Posters are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work. Email your proposal to the poster sessions coordinator: <>

On Wednesday afternoon/evening, we plan to repeat the successful Free Software Bazaar that we started at SANE 2004. The Free Software Bazaar is a unique opportunity to meet software developers and get involved in the creative process of Free Software. Gather around a screen to check out the latest features. Meet people you only know by email. Have a heated discussion about choices to be made. Be part of the future.
The Bazaar is part of SANE 2006, forming the bridge between the tutorials and the conference. Attendance is free, even if not registered for the conference. Watch the SANE 2006 web site for updates.

Conference chair <>
Edwin Kremer, TUNIX Internet Security & Training, Nijmegen, NL

Technical sessions program chair <>
Alexios Zavras, consultant, Athens, GR
Technical sessions program committee
Bram Abbekerk, WebFlex, Houten, NL
Bob Eskes, Thales Naval Systems, Hengelo, NL
Adriaan de Groot, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
Peter Honeyman, USENIX & CITI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Jack Jansen, CWI, Amsterdam, NL
Jaap Romers, Sun Microsystems, Amersfoort, NL
David Schweikert, ISG.EE, ETH Zürich, CH

Invited Talks coordinators <>
Rudi van Drunen, Xlexit Technology B.V. & Leiden Cytology and Pathology Labs, Leiden, NL
Peter Honeyman, USENIX & CITI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Tutorial coordinator <>
Jos Alsters, C&CZ, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

Event Organization <>
Wytze van der Raay, treasurer, Stichting NLnet, Amerongen, NL
Mariëlle Klatten, Sabina Beeke, Agnes Breekweg, conference organizers, ICONIQ, Baarn, NL