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2004 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, June 27-July 2, 2004, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
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Complete Technical Sessions
By Day: Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
By Session: General Sessions | FREENIX | SIGs | Guru Is In | WiPs

Location: Guru Sessions will take place in Harvard.

Monday, June 28
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Monday
Embedded Linux
Bart Massey, Portland State University
Linux/Open Source Networking
Bart is the faculty advisor to the Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS). PSAS has been using Linux as the embedded OS for launch control, flight sequencing, and in-flight telemetry in the extremely unforgiving environment of their 12-foot-high supersonic rocket. Bart has also been involved with the efforts of Keith Packard and Carl Worth in developing the Linux/X infrastructure for embedded devices in conjunction with the project.

The session will be fun-filled and informative for embedded Linux novices and experts alike. Session focus will be on cost-effective, practical Linux solutions for a variety of embedded environments.

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)  
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Monday
Session TBA
BSD Linux/Open Source
Tuesday, June 29
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Tuesday
Deploying Commercial DB on Linux
Steve Rees, DB2 Development, IBM Toronto Lab
Linux/Open Source
Steve Rees is a Senior Performance Manager in DB2 development at the IBM Toronto Lab, focusing on transaction processing performance on Linux. He's been part of DB2 development for twelve years and has been working on performance for the last six. He still likes getting bits under his fingernails.

This session will deal with various aspects of performance as related to commercial database systems for Linux. This includes the technical challenges of producing high-performance, high-quality code on Linux, as well as performance questions customers may face when deploying a large database system on Linux.

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)  
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Tuesday
NFS Deployment for High Performance
Tom Talpey, Network Appliance, Inc.
BSD Linux/Open Source Networking Sysadmin
NFS is increasingly deployed in performance-sensitive environments, where numerous new issues are confronted relative to "traditional" workgroup-style deployments. Tom will discuss goals, issues, and tunings that may be relevant to NFS. Also, he and his audience will explore new transport-level developments that NFS will be taking advantage of in the near future.
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.   Break  
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday
Lessons from the Trenches: Enterprise Wireless LANs
Philippe Joubert, ReefEdge Networks
BSD Linux/Open Source Networking Sysadmin
Philippe Joubert is the Director of Engineering at ReefEdge Networks.

In this session Philippe will discuss the common pitfalls of WLAN deployments and how they can be avoided. Topics of discussion include security, mobility, management, deployment, support, and network design.

Wednesday, June 30
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Wednesday
High-Performance Linux Clusters
Greg Bruno, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Linux/Open Source Networking
Greg is a core developer for Rocks, a high-performance Linux cluster distribution developed at SDSC. "As we give this talk, we will build a new cluster on the fly and in front of the crowd." Participants in Greg's Guru session will walk away with an appreciation of how easy it can be to build and deploy high-performance parallel machines.
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)  
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Wednesday
Deploying Samba
Gerald Carter, Samba Team
BSD Linux/Open Source Sysadmin
Gerald Carter has been a member of the Samba Team since 1998. He is employed by Hewlett-Packard as a Software Engineer, where he works on Samba-based print appliances and acts as the release coordinator for the Samba project.

He is currently working on a guide to LDAP for system administrators with O'Reilly Publishing and is the author of Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours from Sams Publishing.

Gerald holds a master's degree in computer science from Auburn University, where he was also previously employed as a network and systems administrator.

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.   Break  
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Wednesday
How to Talk with a VC
Dan Slavin, Founder, Photolighting
BSD Coding Linux/Open Source Networking Security
Dan is a serial entrepreneur who has built a number of successful startup companies. Many technologists think they have come up with the "next great new thing," but have no idea about the venture funding process. This discussion will focus on how to organize and present your ideas and what VCs look for when they invest.
Thursday, July 1
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Thursday
Deploying the Lustre Cluster File Systems
Phil Schwan, Cluster File Systems, Inc.
Linux/Open Source Networking Security Sysadmin
Lustre is the only Linux cluster fileystem to be POSIX compliant and to be released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Lustre powers four of the top five Linux-based supercomputers in the world. Phil, as a major implementer of Lustre, will be here to discuss using issues regarding cluster filesystems.
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)  
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Thursday
Sysadmin Management/General
David Parter, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BSD Linux/Open Source Sysadmin
David has been a system administrator at the University of Wisconsin Computer Science Department since 1991, serving as Associate Director of the Computer Systems Lab since 1995, guiding a staff of 8 full-time sysdamins and supervising up to 12 student sysadmins at a time. His experiences in this capacity include working with other groups on campus; providing technical leadership to the group; managing the budget; dealing with vendors; dealing with faculty; and training students. As a consultant, he has dealt with a variety of technical and management challenges.
Friday, July 2
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Friday
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
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.

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