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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
11:37 am - Myths, Missteps, and Folklore in Network Protocols

Grab Radia's Presentation.

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Sunday, August 14th, 2005
4:47 pm - Linux Picnic - Sponsored by BayLISA - August 14

RSVP to come to the Linux 14th Anniversary Picnic on August 14, 2005. FREE FOOD! Free T-Shirt! Free O'Reilly, No Starch, PHP-PTR books!

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
4:45 pm - July General Meeting - Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman
July 21 7:30-9:45

Myths, Missteps, and Folklore in Network Protocols

Network protocol design is not a nice, clean science, where what gets deployed is the best possible designs. There is a lot of politics and hype. People say things, which get repeated so many times we assume they must be true. This talk explores seemingly simple things like "what's the difference between a new version of a protocol and a new protocol", and tricks for designing protocols that are more manageable, robust, or scalable. It gives examples of both good and bad designs, since we can learn from them both. Mostly, this talk is intended to be provocative, making people question things they have always taken for granted. Depending on time and audience interest we can discuss topics such as how to get the best properties of bridges and routers, why IP multicast became so complicated, and what is a PKI and why should you want one.

Radia Perlman's "day job" is at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, where she designs network protocols and various security stuff. She is known for her contributions to bridging (spanning tree algorithm) and routing (link state routing) as well as security (credentials download, efficient revocation, secure delete of data). She is the author of "Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols", and co-author of "Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World". She is also a series editor for Prentice Hall. She has an S.B. and S.M in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, and an honorary doctorate from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Holding over 70 issued patents, she was recently named SVIPLA (Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association) Inventor of the Year.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2005
7:30 pm - June - Monthly BayLISA - DTrace

Thursday, June 16, 2005:
Bryan Cantrill

Bryan Cantrill from Solaris Kernel Development will be doing a deep-dive
on DTrace, a new facility for dynamic instrumentation of production
systems -- and one of the most talked-about features in Solaris 10. This
will be an interactive and demo-intensive presentation; come see for
yourself the feature that eWeek called "compelling" and that Slashdotters
have claimed "rocks my socks" [Slashdot user 1359], "might be among the
two or three most powerful tools I've ever used" [Slashdot user 2898]
and is "like they saw inside my head and gave me The One True Tool"
[Slashdot user 159009].


Bryan Cantrill is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Solaris Kernel Development
Group at Sun Microsystems. His interests include dynamic software
instrumentation, postmortem diagnosability, real-time kernel
implementation and microprocessor architecture. Over his career, Bryan has
done work in many kernel subsystems; most recently, he (with two
colleagues) designed, implemented, and shipped DTrace, a facility for
systemic dynamic instrumentation of Solaris that won the Sun 2004
Chairman's Award for Innovation and was hailed as a "brilliant piece of
work" by SysAdmin magazine. Bryan received the ScB magna cum laude
with honors in Computer Science from Brown University.

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
8:41 pm - Board Meeting - June 2 2005

Board Meeting June 2, 2005- Location to be announced.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005
8:39 pm - BayLISA Monthly Meeting - Brad FitzPatrick - LiveJournal's Architecture and Scaling History

Thursday, May 19, 2005 :
Brad Fitzpatrick
LiveJournal's Architecture and Scaling History

We'll talk about the history of LiveJournal's scalability challenges and software we've used and developed to help us scale. We have over a half dozen racks of database and webservers pushing tens of million dynamic pageviews per day.

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