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2004 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, June 27-July 2, 2004, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
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Friday, July 2
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Friday
Plenary Session
The State of the Spam
Eric Allman, CTO, Sendmail, Inc.
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No one needs to be told that email spam is a serious problem, but some people don't truly understand how serious it is. The speaker now gets about 900 spams every day, a great many of them in character sets he can't even render, and is seeing a doubling rate of about four months. Many solutions have been proposed, falling primarily into two areas, legislative and technological.

The current state of spam will be reviewed, including some thoughts about the current legislative climate (and whether legislation has any chance of doing any good) and quite a bit about the various technologies that are being discussed and deployed. Although opinions will be offered, no conclusions will (or can) be drawn in an environment changing as quickly as we are seeing with email today.

Eric Allman is the original author of Sendmail, co-founder and CTO of Sendmail, Inc., and co-author of Sendmail, published by O'Reilly. At UC Berkeley, he was the chief programmer on the INGRES database management project, leader of the Mammoth project, and an early contributer to BSD, authoring syslog, tset, the -me troff macros, and trek. Eric designed database user and application interfaces at Britton Lee (later Sharebase) and contributed to the Ring Array Processor project for neural-network-based speech recognition at the International Computer Science Institute. Eric is on the Editorial Review Board of ACM Queue magazine and a former member of the Board of Directors of the USENIX Association.

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.   Break  
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Friday
Software Engineering Coding Linux/Open Source
Managing Volunteer Activity in Free Software Projects
Martin Michlmayr, University of Melbourne

Creating a Portable Programming Language Using Open Source Software
Andreas Bauer, Technische Universität München

Extreme Linux SIG Linux/Open Source Networking
Cluster Interconnect Overview
Brett M. Bode, Jason J. Hill, and Troy R. Benjegerdes, Ames Laboratory

Infiniband Performance Review
Troy R. Benjegerdes and Brett M. Bode, Ames Laboratory

Practical IPv6 Deployment
Jamey Hicks, Hewlett-Packard Cambridge Labs
BSD Linux/Open Source Networking Security Sysadmin
Jamey has been part of the IPv6 world since its inception. His session is a buffet of choice material, from "practical IP network issues" to talking about "cool network stuff to make satcom work better in BSD too."
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)  
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Friday
Invited Talk: Current Gtk+ Development
Mattias Clasen
Linux/Open Source
Extreme Linux SIG Linux/Open Source Networking Security
A New Distributed Security Model for Linux Clusters
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Makan Pourzandi, Open Systems Lab, Ericsson Research

Implementing Clusters for High Availability
James E.J. Bottomley, SteelEye Technology, Inc.

Experiences with Voice over IP (PDF)
Mike Cambria, Ammasso
BSD Coding Linux/Open Source Networking Sysadmin
Mike is an old-time IP developer, SW technic, and VoIP fanatic. He will describe his experiences in trying to bring this technology up and run it. Multiple open-source VoIP solutions that are available will be discussed, as will using UNIX as a VoIP-to-PSTN gateway.
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.   Break  
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday
System Building Coding Linux/Open Source
KDE Kontact: An Application Integration Framework
David Faure, Ingo Klöcker, Tobias König, Daniel Molkentin, Zack Rusin, Don Sanders, and Cornelius Schumacher, KDE Project

mGTK: An SML Binding of Gtk+
Ken Friis Larsen and Henning Niss, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Xen and the Art of Repeated Research
Bryan Clark, Todd Deshane, Eli Dow, Stephen Evanchik, Matthew Finlayson, Jason Herne, and Jeanna Neefe Matthews, Clarkson University

Extreme Linux SIG Linux/Open Source
Scaling Linux to Extremes: Experience with a 512-CPU Shared Memory Linux System
Ray Bryant, John Baron, John Hawkes, Arthur Raefsky, and Jack Steiner, Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Quantian: A Single-System Image Scientific Cluster Computing Environment
Dirk Eddelbuettel, Debian Project

Cluster Computing in a Computer Major in a College of Criminal Justice (PDF)
Douglas E. Salane, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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