Some Writings about System Administration and IT Operations
A selection of some of the things I have written over the years: (PR = "peer reviewed")
- 1993: Original CFEngine paper
- PR 1995: CFEngine: a site configuration engine
- PR 1998: Computer Immunology
Explains the manifesto for self-healing, autononomic systems.
- PR 2000: Principles of Network and System Administration. (Wiley)
- 2000-2001: Needles in the Craystack: or Why Machines Get Sick
- PR 2000-2003: On the theory of system administration
Details the concepts of maintenance and policy.
- PR 2000-2004: Configurable immunity for evolving human-computer systems,
Details the concept of convergence.
- PR 2002: Measuring system normality, ACM Transactions on Computing Systems 20, p.125-160 (2002)(with H. Haugerud and S. Straumsnes and T. Reitan)
First empirical study of networked computers as a problem of incomplete information.
- PR 2003: Analytical Network and System Administration: Managing Human-Computer Systems
- 2004: Talking to the Walls
- 2004: Began work on "promises".
- PR 2004: Scalability of peer configuration management in logically ad hoc networks, IEEE eTransactions on Network and Service Management vol 1(1)
- 2006: Configuration Management: Models and Myths
- PR 2006: 2006: Probabilistic anomaly detection in distributed computer networks. Science of Computer Programming. Volume 60 Issue 1, March 2006.
Explanation of the empirically grounded data model that explains CFEngine's scalable monitoring.
- 2007: Promise You A Rose Garden
- PR 2007: A risk analysis of disk backup or repository maintenance. Science of Computer Programming 2007;64:312-331
Optimization of risk management in IT systems.
- PR 2011: On system rollback and totalised fields. An algebraic approach to system change, Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming 80 (2011), pp. 427-443 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jlap.2011.07.001
Proof of the impossibility of roll-back in non-trivial IT systems.
- 2012: CFEngine, SysAdmin 3.0 and the Third Wave of IT Engineering.
- Work in progress: A Foundational Theory of Promises