[svlug] [svlug-announce] SVLUG Apr 6th meeting: Donald Becker, "Linux Clustering"
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Mon Mar 28 10:32:20 PST 2005
We're pleased to announce the next meeting of the
Silicon Valley Linux Users Group! ( http://www.svlug.org/ )
*** NOTE: ***
This event will take place at the Santa Clara Westin Hotel.
(See below for details.)
Wednesday, April 6, 2005,
7pm-9pm or so.
CTO, Penguin Computing
Donald Becker, Chief Scientist of Scyld Software and CTO of
Penguin Computing, has consistently challenged conventional wisdom -- from
the early days of his Beowulf Project at NASA through to the creation of
Scyld as a commercial entity and the introduction of the Scyld Beowulf
By upsetting expected beliefs, Donald has maintained a continuum of
innovation in the Linux arena that continues to address unmet needs
today. Ten years ago, it was widely believed that only custom-designed
vector architectures could solve supercomputing problems...
Along came Beowulf, which solved such problems using a connected cluster
of commodity systems, based on Linux -- at a time when many who had not
explored Linux either ignored it or grouped it with other "toy" systems.
In fact, at the first cluster systems conference in 1997, the widely
held belief was that Microsoft held the future of all software in its
Fast forward to 2000, when Scyld introduced a prototype of a
Unified Cluster System, which completely changed the approach to
building clusters by using a full installation only on a master node,
with compute nodes running only applications.
Donald's talk will look back on this history of challenging
conventional wisdom, and how it has contributed to the startling
growth in Linux clustering; and he'll also offer a glimpse of a future
where, he believes, clustering will be the natural evolution of the
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Donald is an internationally recognized operating system developer,
and the original inventor of Beowulf. In 1999, he founded Scyld
Computing and led the development of the next-generation Beowulf
cluster operating system, which is the cornerstone for commodity-based
high-performance cluster computing. Prior to founding Scyld, Don
started the Beowulf Parallel Workstation project at NASA Goddard Space
Don's work in parallel and distributed computing began in 1983 at
MIT's Real Time Systems group. He is known throughout the
international community of operating system developers for his
contributions to networking software, and as the driving force behind
beowulf.org. He is the co-author of _How to Build a Beowulf: A Guide to
the Implementation and Application of PC Clusters_. With colleagues
from the California Institute of Technology and the Los Alamos
National Laboratory, he was the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society
1997 Gordon Bell Prize for Price/Performance. Don holds a B.S. from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Santa Clara Westin Hotel, Ballrooms C & D
The ballrooms are officially part of the Westin, though for our
purposes, think of them as part of the Convention Center.
Directions on how to get there are listed at:
We've tried our very best for these directions to be accurate. If you
have any improvements to make, please let us know!
webmaster AT svlug . org
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We still lack a meeting venue for May 2005 and later.
Please send suggestions to the SVLUG officers:
officers @ svlug DOT org
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you just can't get enough, a smaller group usually goes to a local
restaurant/diner after the meeting. We'll announce the restaurant
selection at the meeting.
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