Focus on IDS
CFP: Workshop on the Analysis of System Logs Feb 05 2010 12:01AM
Kathryn Mohror (mohror1 llnl gov)
Workshop on the Analysis of System Logs (WASL) 2010
Call for Papers

October 3, 2010
Vancouver, Canada
(at OSDI)

FULL PAPER SUBMISSION: Sunday, June 13, 2010
AUTHOR NOTIFICATION: Sunday, July 18, 2010
FINAL PAPERS DUE: Sunday, August 22, 2010

System logs contain a wide variety of information about system status and
including events from various applications, daemons and drivers, as well as
information such as resource utilization statistics. As such, these logs
represent a
rich source of information for the analysis and diagnosis of system problems
prediction of future system events. However, their lack of organization and
the general
lack of semantic consistency between information from various software and
vendors means that most of this information content is wasted. Indeed,
most popular log analysis technique is to use regular expressions to either
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

This workshop will focus on novel techniques for extracting operationally
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 astandardize log semantics
o System diagnostic techniques
o Log visualization
o Analysis of services (problem ticket) logs
o Applications of log analysis to system administration

Papers limited to 8 2-column pages using >=10pt font.

Workshop Chairs:
Greg Bronevetsky (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
greg (at) bronevetsky (dot) com [email concealed]
Kathryn Mohror (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
mohror1 (at) llnl (dot) gov [email concealed]

Program Committee:
Vijay K. Gurbani, Bell Labs

Kathryn Mohror
Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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