[nycbug-talk] Fwd: UNIGROUP Meeting 12-FEB-2009 (*2nd* Thu): FreeBSD Networking Stack

Brian Gupta brian.gupta at gmail.com
Fri Feb 6 20:55:14 EST 2009

Please be forewarned UNIGROUP charges membership fees. (See details below).


New York City user groups calendar:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Unigroup_of_NY <unilist at unigroup.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 3:03 AM
Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 12-FEB-2009 (*2nd* Thu): FreeBSD Networking Stack
To: brian.gupta at gmail.com

Unigroup's February FreeBSD meeting is next week, on the 2nd Thursday,
Note: This is one week earlier than usual.



     When:  THURSDAY, February 12th, 2009    (** SPECIAL 2nd Thursday **)

    Where:  The Cooper Union  <http://www.cooper.edu>
            School of Engineering
            51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
            East Village, Manhattan
            New York City
            Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)
            ** Please RSVP **

     Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
            6:25 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

    Topic:  The FreeBSD Networking Stack

 Speakers:  George Neville-Neil,
            The FreeBSD Project Team <http://www.freebsd.org>



  Unigroup has finally rescheduled our long awaited FreeBSD
  Networking Stack meeting, and we are pleased to have George
  Neville-Neil of the FreeBSD Core Team presenting at our February
  2009 meeting.  We had to move off our normal 3rd Thursday meeting
  schedule to match our speaker's availability.  George was the
  presenter at Unigroup's FreeBSD 7 Launch meeting back in March
  2008, where we had learned of his involvement working on the
  FreeBSD networking stack and its support for 10GB Ethernet.
  In recent news... FreeBSD 7.1 was released in January 2009.

  Our Field Trip to Novell on The SuSE Real-Time Linux Kernel
  is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday in March... 19-MAR-2009.

  Our May 2009 meeting is still in the planning stage.



  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
  any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
  If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
  our mailing list.

  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: The FreeBSD Networking Stack


  This talk will be an introductory tutorial to network device
  drivers in FreeBSD.  We plan to cover the Intel Gigabit Ethernet
  interface (aka the igb), as well as to talk in general about how
  drivers are hooked into the system, and how the standard kernel
  APIs are used to work with them.

  More details to be announced soon.

  Web Resources:

  FreeBSD 7.1 Links:


  Speaker Biography:

  George Neville-Neil is a member of the FreeBSD project, its core,
  release engineering and security teams as well as co-author with Kirk
  McKusick of "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating
  System".  He is also a member of the ACM Queue editorial board and the
  columnist Kode Vicious.  His research interests include operating
  systems, real-time and embedded programming, and networking.  He is
  also an avid cyclist and traveler who had made a home in Tokyo,
  Japan in recent years.


  Company Biography:

  FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including
  Pentium and Athlon), amd64 compatible (including Opteron, Athlon, and
  EM64T), UltraSPARC, IA-64, PC-98 and ARM architectures.  It is
  derived from BSD, the version of UNIX developed at the University of
  California, Berkeley.  It is developed and maintained by a large team
  of individuals.  Additional platforms are in various stages of
  development.  For information about FreeBSD, visit:



  Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
  enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
  continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

  O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
  books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

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

  Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
  our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
  (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

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

  ** We also have a limited supply of Solaris-Related CD/DVDs
     from our friends at Sun Microsystems.


  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:                      $ 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.



  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.

  ** Note: We will be using our normal caterer for this meeting.



     The Cooper Union  <http://www.cooper.edu>
     School of Engineering
     51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
     East Village, Manhattan
     New York City
     Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)

  Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between
    3rd & 4th Avenues.

  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 The Driscoll Room (1st Floor)...  From the
    main entrance, keep going straight beyond the guard till the
    end of the hall, make a left, pass the elevators (on your
    left), keep going, and Room 136E will be on your right.

  Nearest mass transit stations are:
    '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union).
    'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East.
    '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 becomes available at 6pm.

  There are also parking lots on Broadway at Astor Place.


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



  a) Trade Shows

     There are a couple of trade shows that have made announcements,
     they will be posted in an upcoming announcement.



  ** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
     in an upcoming announcement.  Unigroup issues a "Thank You"
     to all our speakers and sponsors!



  We have a series of meetings in the works:

  - 12-FEB-2009: The FreeBSD Networking Stack (George Neville-Neil)
  - 19-MAR-2009: SuSE Linux Real-Time Kernel (Field Trip: Novell/SuSE)
  - Planning: IPsec and IPv6 and VPNs  (possibly 3 meetings)
  - Planning: NO SPAM!
  - Planning: Embedded Linux Development
  - Planning: Unix/Linux/BSD Distribution Round Table Discussions
  - Unix/Linux/BSD Clusters and Clustered Databases
  - The latest on *BSD (NetBSD/OpenBSD)
  - Crypto / PKI / GPG-PGP
  - Patching and Updating Unix/Linux/BSD (rpm. yum, yast, etc.)
  - Building Custom Kernels Unix/Linux/BSD
  - Are there too many Linux Distributions?
  - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf
  - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
  - LAMP Part 2 - PHP
  - Field Trip to HP
  - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
  - Samba
  - DNS
  - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
  - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
  - GNU Development Environments
  - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies
  - Java and/or JavaScript Programming

  ** Unigroup Needs Speakers!!
  Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
  interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix/Linux/BSD related
  technology topics should please contact the Unigroup Board.



  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 meeting location.

  Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
    2/12/2009, 3/19/2009 (Field Trip), 5/21/2009, 7/16/2009, 9/17/2009...
  Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
  facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

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  organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
  can help!


-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director
 unilist (-a_t-) unigroup.org

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