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2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference



Location: Guru Sessions will take place in Los Angeles/La Jolla on Wednesday, in Salon 4 on Thursday, and in Salon 3 on Friday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday

Mark Burgess, Oslo University College; Alva Couch, Tufts University

Mark Burgess is a professor at Oslo University College and is the author of cfengine. He has been researching the principles of network and system administration for over ten years and is the author of Principles of Network and System Administration (John Wiley & Sons). He is currently working on the next phase of cfengine development.

Alva Couch is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University. He has been a cfengine user since 1998 and has written several papers studying its properties. He is currently working on a practice manual incorporating a fusion of best tips and tricks, backed by careful theoretical analysis of the effects of practice.

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Clustering and Grid Computing
Greg Bruno, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Greg Bruno is a core developer for Rocks, a high-performance Linux cluster distribution developed at San Diego Supercomputer Center. From Aichi, Japan to Zurich, Switzerland, non-cluster experts have used Rocks to easily deploy their own computational resource. Participants in Greg's Guru session will learn how they can too.

Thursday, April 14, 2005
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Thursday

Kerberos 5, LDAP, and Samba
Gerald Carter, Samba Team/Hewlett-Packard

Gerald Carter has been a member of the Samba Development Team since 1998. He has published articles with various Web-based magazines and teaches courses as a consultant for several companies. Currently employed by Hewlett-Packard as a Samba developer, Gerald has written books for SAMS Publishing and is the author of the recent LDAP System Administration for O'Reilly Publishing.

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thursday

VoIP with Asterisk
Heison Chak, SOMA Networks Inc.

Heison Chak is a systems and network administrator who works for SOMA Networks, focusing on network management and performance analysis of data and voice networks. Heison has been an active member of the Asterisk community and has delivered tutorials and articles for USENIX since 2004.

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Thursday

Startup Strategy
Stephen Walli, Optaros, Inc.

Stephen Walli is Vice President of Open Source Development Strategy for Optaros, Inc., a consulting services startup. He formerly toiled at Microsoft after founding and working as R&D VP at Softway Systems, another venture capital-backed startup.

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday

Open Source vs. Corporate Intellectual Property
Stormy Peters, Hewlett-Packard

Stormy Peters works at Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins, Colorado where she is responsible for HP's open source strategy, policy, and business practices. She works with people inside and outside of HP to determine how open source software is changing the industry. Peters founded HP's Open Source Review Board (HP currently has over 200 products that contain open source software). The division reviews an average of 5 new projects a week that will use open source software.

Friday, April 15, 2005
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Friday

System Administration
David Parter, University of Wisconsin

David Parter has been a system administrator at the University of Wisconsin since 1991, in addition to serving as Associate Director of the Computer Systems Lab since 1995. He has sat on the SAGE executive committee since December 1999, serving as SAGE President in 2001–2002.

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Friday

John Sellens, SYONEX

John Sellens has been involved in system and network administration since 1986 and is the author of several related USENIX papers, a number of ;login: articles, and the SAGE Short Topics in System Administration booklet #7, System and Network Administration for Higher Reliability. He avoided using databases as long as possible, but now finds them (almost) indispensable (but still makes a lot of use of the "classic" UFS database).

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Friday

Rik Farrow, Security Consultant

Rik Farrow provides UNIX and Internet security consulting and training. He has been working with UNIX system security since 1984 and with TCP/IP networks since 1988. He has taught at the IRS, Department of Justice, NSA, NASA, US West, Canadian RCMP, Swedish Navy, and for many US and European user groups. He is the author of UNIX System Security, published by Addison-Wesley in 1991, and System Administrator's Guide to System V (Prentice Hall, 1989). Farrow writes a column for ;login: and a network security column for Network magazine.


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