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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 17 March 2011 UNIGROUP: Ercan Kamber on Parallel Fil

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 17 March 2011 UNIGROUP: Ercan Kamber on Parallel Filesystems
Date: 16 Mar 2011 02:03:16 -0400

  what="official UNIGROUP announcement"
  rsvp="registration requested, see below"
  entrance-fee="yes, see";
  location="The Cooper Union School of Engineering, see below"
  edits="some paragraphs removed so notice fits in mailboxen">

 Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:45:42 -0500 (EST)
 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: UNIGROUP 17-MAR-2011 (Thu): HPC Cluster Parallel Filesystems

 Unigroup is next Thursday...
 Please RSVP if you will be attending.



       When:  THURSDAY, March 17th, 2011    (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

      Where:  The Cooper Union  <>
              School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
              41 Cooper Square  (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
              East Village, Manhattan
              New York City, 10003
              Meeting Room: 502_CS          (** 5th Floor **)
              ** Please RSVP **

       Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
              6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                 Answers and Current Events
              6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
              7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

       Cost:  See the Meeting+Membership Fee Schedule Below.

      Topic:  HPC Cluster Parallel Filesystems & Storage Architecture:
              Lustre & GPFS

    Speaker:  Ercan Kamber, Ph.D.,
              VP of Engineering,
              RAID, Incorporated



    Unigroup is pleased to announce our March 2011 meeting on
    High Performance Computing Cluster Parallel Filesystems and
    Storage Architecture.

    Preliminary Presentation:

    Before the main presentation, we are planning a special short
    informal discussion about the Latest in Malware Threats.  Our
    guest speaker is a Malware Removal expert: Per Hollander, Ph.D.,
    who has just returned from a Microsoft MVP Event out in Redmond,
    where Malware effecting Windows, Linux and Macs was discussed.

    Main Presentation:

    RAID, Inc. specializes in High Performance Storage Technologies,
    and you may have seen them exhibiting at one of the recent High
    Performance Computing shows, here in NYC.  RAID's VP of
    Engineering, Ercan Kamber, Ph.D, will be presenting the topic of
    High Performance Parallel Filesystems and Storage Architecture.

    Our tentative next meeting schedule is:
    19-MAY-2011: To-be-determined



    To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
    Registration Page:

    This will allow us to automate the registration process.
    (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
    Please avoid Emailed RSVPs.

    Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
    for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
    registered for this meeting, please check your Email for any last
    minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
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    If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
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    Also, if you have an interest in Unigroup, be sure to receive
    Unigroup information DIRECTLY from Unigroup, via direct receipt
    of Emails and by visiting the Unigroup Web Site.  NO OTHER SOURCE
    provides timely, accurate and complete Unigroup information.

    Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
    prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
    RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

    Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
          will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
          properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
          If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
          still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
          we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
          you are "not on the list".



    Topic:  HPC Cluster Parallel Filesystems & Storage Architecture:
            Lustre & GPFS

    Introduction & Description of Talk:

    RAID will be discussing the Parallel Filesystems that are being
    used by "The Top 100".  Basically, it comes down to Lustre (60 of
    100) and GPFS (22 of 100), where 17 of remaining are unknown,
    and there are 1-2 others.  Given the popularity of Lustre and GPFS,
    that will be the focus of our meeting.

    Outline of Talk:


    References & Web Resources:

    RAID, Inc.


    Speaker Biographies:

    Preliminary Presentation:

    Per Hollander, Ph.D. MVP Windows Security 2006-2008,
    Consumer Security 2009-2010, Administrator Malware Removal Forum
    and Admin and Teacher Malware Removal University.

    Main Presentation:

    Dr. Ercan Kamber, VP of Engineering at RAID, Inc. is a leading
    expert on scalable storage solutions that work on Linux platforms
    and is a member of OpenSFS technical working group.  The path he
    took while doing Physics research provided him with extensive
    technical experience in scalable storage solutions, HPC and
    research computing.  At RAID, Inc. he architected and deployed
    turnkey end-to-end solutions that solve customers' massive,
    scalable storage and computational needs.  He truly believes in
    a consultative approach and careful business analysis for
    architecting the right solution.  He enjoys strategizing with
    customers to overcome their most challenging data, IT and
    engineering problems and turning cutting edge technologies into
    products and solutions.  He does not shy away from getting his
    hands dirty and tinkers with new technologies constantly.


    Company Biography:

    RAID Inc. is an end-to-end, high-performance solutions provider
    focused on the cutting edge of technology and specializing in
    the high-performance market.  Since 1994, we have approached each
    and every customer as a partner, taking a consultative approach
    to better understand each customer's individual needs in order to
    provide the optimum solution.

    RAID currently has multiple installations within a wide assortment
    of industry verticals, including Department of Defense contractors,
    Fortune 500 corporations and research groups at major national
    laboratories and universities.  The solutions deployed for these
    clients are turnkey solutions incorporating parallel file systems,
    storage, interconnects and compute clusters.

    RAID Inc. partners with customers to develop proof-of-concept
    initiatives for new technology deployments.  One of our goals is
    to add value by partnering with organizations in support of
    technology advancements and increasing overall application

    For information about RAID Inc., visit:



    Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have
    been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their
    books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our
    meetings.  The publishers always ask that the persons receiving
    the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

    Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
    provided by their User Group programs.

    As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
    start of the meeting.

    We have some Solaris Related CD-ROMs from our friends at the
    local NYC Sun Microsystems Office.

    (Note: We are low on books right now.)


    Fee Schedule:

    Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
    and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
    there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
    their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
    meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

        Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
        Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
        Non-Member Single Meeting Fee:                  $ 20.00
        Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

      * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.

      ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
        currently enrolled in classes (rather than working
        full-time), and as such, your Student ID should show
        a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
        containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
        current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
        to university facilities just does not feel right.
        If your ID contains no date, please bring
        additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

    NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
          NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.

    Members: Remember to bring your Unigroup membership card with
             you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!



    Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This
    includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna
    and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato,
    tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and
    assorted SOFT beverages.

    HP will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting!
    Thanks HP!



      The Cooper Union  <>
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

    Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
    new building with the non-traditional appearance.
    Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7 Street.

    Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
    Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
      directions to Unigroup (the room varies from month-to-month).

    Nearest mass transit stations are:
      '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                    then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
      'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                    then 1 block South.
      '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
      'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

    Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

    There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
      Astor Place (8th Street).


    Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
    Please tell your friends about Unigroup!

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    Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
    the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.
    Unigroup is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded
    volunteer organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event
    meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix
    and the Unix/Linux/BSD User Community.

    Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
    THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
    Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
    ability to hold monthly meetings at our regular meeting location.

    Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
      3/17/2011, 5/20/2011, 6/??/2011, 7/21/2011, 9/15/2011, 11/17/2011...
    Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
    facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

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  Unigroup Executive Director
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