[svlug] ACCU meeting on Wednesday

Walter Vannini walterv at gbbservices.com
Mon Jan 7 12:04:29 PST 2008

Feel free to forward this notice to anyone who is interested.

When:      Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Topic:     Trade-Offs in Building Entire Networks in Software
Speaker:   Dirk Morris
Time:      6:30pm doors open
         7:00pm meeting begins
Where:     Symantec
         VCAFE building
         350 Ellis Street (near E. Middlefield Road)
         Mountain View, CA 94043
Map:       <http://tinyurl.com/334rv5>
Directions: VCAFE is accessible from the semicircular courtyard between Symantec buildings <http://tinyurl.com/2dccgc>
Cost:      Free
More Info: <http://www.accu-usa.org>

This talk will layout a new model for deploying software at the network gateway to overcome the challenges of running multiple applications (firewall, IPS, VPN, Spam Blocker, Spyware Blocker, Web Filter, etc.) on standard x86 based hardware. Dirk will present an insider's look at the tradeoffs Untangle made when designing a virtual network and tricks learned in maintaining high performance between competing applications running on the same system.

For those who want to read ahead, the slides of an earlier version of this presentation can be found at


Dirk Morris is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Untangle and visionary behind the Untangle Gateway Platform. Untangle, http://www.untangle.com/ , an open source software company, has developed a virtualization platform for packaging and delivering networking applications that make it easier for businesses to adopt open source software.

Prior to Untangle, Dirk was Chief Architect at Akheron Technologies, where he invented the patent-pending High Bandwidth Transparent Vectoring used in the company's proxy firewall engine. He has also held positions as lead engineer at VerticalNet and H.L.L.C. Consulting, developing Java-based distributed monitor and intrusion detection systems.

Earlier in his career, Dirk worked on survivability simulations at CERT/CC (Computer Emergency Response Team), the renowned, federally-funded Center for Internet security operated by Carnegie Mellon University.

Dirk earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

----- Upcoming ACCU talks -----

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Speaker TBA
Topic TBA

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Kevlin Henney
"With Economy and Elegance"

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Hans Boehm
Topic TBA

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Speaker TBA
Topic TBA

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Speaker TBA
Topic TBA


The ACCU meets monthly. To suggest topics and speakers please email
Walter Vannini via walterv at gbbservices.com

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