What USENIX Does
Professional event organization. USENIX hosts annual conferences on topics in advanced computing systems. We give our volunteers space to focus on their areas of expertise: curating excellent content for our events, recruiting top-notch speakers, and reviewing submitted papers to identify the best research for publication. USENIX takes care of all the event details, from hotel negotiations and logistics to the registration system.
Vendor-neutral events. Rather than promoting products, our events focus on technical content and research. Vendors and sponsors are welcome on the show floor, but do not influence program content.
Making research freely available. We banished paywalls in 2008 for both conference authors and readers, providing conference proceedings and recordings free of charge under our open access policy.
Papers: At events where research papers are accepted, USENIX volunteer committees select the most compelling and solid research that moves forward advanced computing systems in various specialties. USENIX compiles and publishes accepted research papers as proceedings for each of these conferences, making them freely available on our Web site.
Video and Audio: Recorded presentations of our events are available, free of charge, several weeks after each event. Although USENIX has committed its resources to providing audio recordings, we rely on sponsors to help fund our commitment to providing open access via video to the cutting-edge research presented at our academic conferences.
Our members-only quarterly magazine features timely topics in a digestible format.
An active voice in the call for open access to publications as an Affiliated Professional Society of the Computing Research Association (CRA). CRA, which represents the North American computing research community, enhances innovation by joining with industry, government and academia to strengthen research and advanced education in computing. CRA executes this mission by leading the computing research community, informing policymakers and the public, and facilitating the development of strong, diverse talent in the field. Our CRA representative sits on the CRA Board of Directors and attends the annual Leadership Summit alongside representatives from organizations including IEEE, ACM, and SIAM.
Students, women, and diversity grants administration. We receive support from our generous sponsors to distribute grants for conference attendance to students and professionals who identify as female. Funds are limited, though, and are carefully managed and distributed. USENIX handles all facets of grant administration, from reviewing applications to reporting. Over the last ten years, we have distributed over two million dollars' worth of student grants.
Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC). WiAC events at our conferences help to support women entering the computing professions as well as those who have already achieved success in advanced computing. Open to all genders, we initiate discussions to provide greater understanding and seek ways to promote a welcoming culture in all workplaces.
Student and young professionals meetups.
We foster networking among students and young professionals attending our events by arranging meetups and luncheons.
Discounted student memberships and conference discounts. Full membership allows us to help budget-minded students to join USENIX and attend conferences at special rates. Supporting the new generation of researchers and practitioners benefits the entire computing systems community.
Test of Time awards. USENIX has published a great deal of groundbreaking research that has directly influenced the development of products and services we now take for granted. Papers that have had a particularly lasting impact in their fields are awarded the “Test of Time” awards at our conferences on Security, File and Storage Technologies (FAST), and Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).
A lean and efficient staff. This small group of dedicated USENIX employees handles conference management, publishes ;login: and conference proceedings, keeps the Web site up to date, administers student and women’s grants, finds conference sponsors and manages conference show floors, recruits and manages volunteers, and assists members—all in addition to keeping the USENIX office running in the areas of finance and accounting, human resources, IT management, database administration, trademark management, and the occasional provision of office doughnuts.