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October 2008 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 6:00PM Thursday 10/23 — Lustre & VirtualBox


The Lustre Architecture & VirtualBox

The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG) will be at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 23 in the Main Seminar Room at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder More details are in Meeting Location (below). This will be a joint meeting with the Front Range Open Solaris User Group (FROSUG) at FROSUG's evening time. Pizza will be served at 6:00 with the meeting starting promptly at 6:30. If you'd like to join us for pizza, please RSVP to rsvp at so we have an idea how much pizza to order.

Bryon Neitzel will discuss the Lustre file system, designed to meet the demands of high-performance computing clusters. The Lustre file system is built to be highly scalable and to deliver high performance to highly parallel applications. Byron will provide a general overview of the Lustre architecture, provide some examples of how some key users are exploiting its features, and discuss plans for the file system's future.

Following Byron's presentation, Ginnie Wray will give a nuts-and-bolts presentation on how to install and develop software using Sun's VirtualBox desktop virtualization software running instances of the OpenSolaris OS in virtual machines.

About The Speakers

Bryon Neitzel has a BS and MS in Computer Science, worked for several years at IBM on the OS/2 operating system, and joined Cluster File Systems, Inc. (CFS) two years ago as a development manager and solution architect. Since CFS was acquired by Sun Microsystems, he has been managing the Linux HPC Software stack team in the Lustre organization.

Ginnie Wray is a software engineer in the OpenSolaris install group at Sun. She graduated from CU Boulder with a BS in Computer Science and has been working for Sun for six years.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held in the Main Seminar Room at NCAR's Mesa Lab. The address is 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder 80303, though it's amazingly simple to find: take Table Mesa Drive in Boulder west until you can't go any farther. (access from US 36, Broadway, or Foothills Parkway). For a map, visit Come early to enjoy the stunning views or take a walk on the trails immediately to the west of the building.

For the meeting, come in the main entrance and sign in at the front desk, where they will be expecting a number of us visiting.

Our Last Meeting

At our last meeting, Ben Whaley of Applied Trust Engineering in Boulder discussed why the Web applications you build and use might not be as secure as you think they are.

Announcements, presentation slides, and writeups for past meetings are available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.

Books, Books, Books

As you may have noticed, our meeting frequency is erratic, but we still continue to receive review copies of books from our publisher friends. This has caused our book cart to overflow, so to make room for the new titles we're getting in, we're going to give away the "old" titles that are currently on the cart. Look for a box full of book giveaways at the meeting.

FRUUG Library Notes

We have a large number of new titles from Addison Wesley and their associated imprints, including the following:

  • Applied Security Visualization
  • Blown to Bits: Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
  • Cisco Secure Firewall Services Module
  • Cisco Firewall Video Mentor
  • Cisco Network Security Fundamentals
  • Cisco Network Security Technologies and Solutions
  • Cisco Router Security Strategies
  • Cisco Security: SSL Remote Access VPNs
  • Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses
  • dotCrime Manifesto: How to Stop Internet Crime
  • Dojo: Using the Dojo JavaScript Library to Build Ajax Applications
  • Essential Linux Device Drivers
  • Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software
  • Is It Safe? Protecting Your Computer, Your Business, and Yourself Online
  • The New School of Information Security
  • Refactoring HTML
  • Running XEN
  • Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache

You may check out books using your business card as your library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.

Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to up to 35 percent discounts on your book orders from Addison Wesley/Prentice Hall, IBM Press, O'Reilly Media, New Riders, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf, Sams Publishing, SitePoint, and Syngress; refer to the FRUUG Web site library page for details.

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February 15, 2009

February 2008: FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase
After 27 years running, we're suspending operations.

Future Meetings:
None planned

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