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BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER SESSIONS

Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic.

Vendor BoFs
Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company's latest technologies with Annual Tech attendees? Host a Vendor BoF! These sponsored one-hour sessions give companies a chance to talk about products and proprietary technology—and they include promotional benefits. Email sponsorship@usenix.org if you're interested in sponsoring a Vendor BoF. Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Scheduling a BoF
To schedule a BoF, simply write the BoF title as well as your name and affiliation on one of the BoF Boards located in the registration area. If you have a description of our BoF you'd like posted on this Web page, please schedule your BoF on the BoF board, then send its title, the organizer's name and affiliation, and the date, time, and location of the BoF to bofs@usenix.org with "USENIX '07 BoF" in the subject line.

BoF Schedule (as of June 21, 2007)
Note that all BoF rooms are located in the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.

Monday, June 18, 2007
ROOM # of Seats 7:00 p.m.–
8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.–
9:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.–
10:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.–
11:00 p.m.
Winchester
LCD provided
125        
Stevens Creek 125        
San Tomas
LCD provided
40        
Lawrence 40        
Lafayette 40        


Tuesday, June 19, 2007
ROOM # of Seats 7:00 p.m.–
8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.–
9:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.–
10:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.–
11:00 p.m.
Winchester
LCD provided
125        
Cypress 125        
Stevens Creek 125 7:10 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Juggling
Perry Rivera
     
San Tomas
LCD provided
40        
Lawrence 40        
Lafayette 40        


Wednesday, June 20, 2007
ROOM # of Seats 7:30 p.m.–
8:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.–
9:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.–
10:30 p.m.
10:30 p.m.–
11:30 p.m.
Winchester
LCD provided
125 DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)
Eric Allman, Sendmail
     
Cypress
LCD provided
125 VMware Vendor BoF      
Stevens Creek 125 Complex Event Processing
Jack Rusher, Aleri
     
San Tomas 40 An Update on Standards
Nick Stoughton, USENIX Standards Liaison
CaCert Assurances and PGP Signing Party
Rudi van Drunen, Competa IT/Xlexit; Teus Hagen, NL-Net Foundation
   
Lawrence 40   8:40 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Tales from Sysadmin...
Perry Rivera
   
Lafayette 40        


Thursday, June 21, 2007
ROOM # of Seats 7:30 p.m.–
8:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.–
9:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.–
10:30 p.m.
10:30 p.m.–
11:30 p.m.
Winchester 125        
Cypress
LCD provided
125 Taos Vendor BoF:
Storage Administration
Plan 9
Ron Minnich, Sandia Labs
Miniclusters/Embedded Systems
Mitch Williams and Ron Minnich
 
Stevens Creek 125        
San Tomas
LCD provided
40 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
BayLISA June General Meeting
 
Lawrence 40 Amazon's Storage and Virtual Machine Web Services
Christian Kullander, Wayfinder Systems
     
Lafayette 40 Publish More Than a Blog
Hosted by No Starch Press
FreeBSD
Brooks Davis, Scott Long, and Robert Watson
   

BoF Descriptions

Juggling
Organizer: Perry Rivera
Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 7:10 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Stevens Creek

An open discussion on anything juggling related. Beginners and interested folks all are welcome.

DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)
Organizer: Eric Allman, Sendmail
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Winchester

DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) is a new IETF Email Authentication standard that applies digital signatures to email messages. Phishing and spamming have flourished in large part because attackers can forge messages from real senders such as financial institutions and government offices that appear legitimate to the average recipient. Receivers can use DKIM signatures to verify the purported originating domain of email messages. This allows receivers to detect forgeries and treat them accordingly, and provides a base that should allow email recipients to consider the reputation of a verified sending domain.

This BoF will include an overview of the technology and a discussion about how to make effective use of DKIM.

VMware Vendor BoF
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Cypress

With Virtualization rapidly becoming the norm, this BoF session helps discuss some of the technologies that help achieve that. We would have demos to offer better insight as well as for setting the tone for technical discussions. Some of the key demos include:

Distributed Resource Scheduler:
DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) and HA (High Availability) are two services that are part VMware's VIM solutions for resource management and availability. The HA/DRS booth will have few short demos demonstrating some use cases for HA, DRS and VMotion in multi-host environments leveraging the dynamic load balancing policies.

Virtual Appliances:
Virtual appliances are preconfigured virtual machines providing a ready-to-run application or service bundled with a (potentially customized) operating system. Learn about how virtual appliances can be built, and deployed and how they may impact the way software is delivered and developed.

Record/Replay
With Record/Replay feature a user can record the exact execution of a program (with modest time and space overhead) for later replay. We will demonstrate the use of Record/Replay in debugging in Workstation 6.0 and show how irreproducible bugs are a thing of the past!

Fusion: VMware Virtualization for MAC OS X
Get a hands on feel on the VMware desktop product that lets you run any x86 operating system-Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris-on your Mac, and all with the great user experience you would expect from Mac Software!

Complex Event Processing
Organizer: Jack Rusher, Aleri
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Stevens Creek

An open discussion of Complex Event Processing, a relatively young technology used to cope with extremely high volume data streams.

An Update on Standards
Organizer: Nick Stoughton, USENIX Standards Liaison
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., San Tomas

Nick Stoughton, the USENIX standards liaison, will discuss the current revisions of POSIX, C and C++. This is a chance to find out what is happening, why you care, and get an opportunity to influence the process.

How do standards affect the open source software movement, and how do we ensure that OSS developers' voices are heard?

CaCert Assurances and PGP Signing Party
Organizers: Rudi van Drunen, Competa IT/Xlexit; Teus Hagen, NL-Net Foundation
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., San Tomas

Your chance to have your own CaCert id assured in order to obtain certificates an get your PGP key(s) signed by others ! Increase the web of trust! Joining is totally free.

At the Annual Tech conference you will be able to collect CAcert Assurer points enough to have at least your name on the X.509 certificate (50 points) or be an CAcert Assurer yourself (100 points). CAcert certicates are free and can be used for client (e.g. email signing,...) and server (e.g. https, ssl,...) appllications. You can have and use as many CAcert certs as you want.

Be prepared:

  • Sign up at the CaCert website (http://www.cacert.org)
  • Print off at least 2 CaCert assurer forms (after signing up please find them at www.cacert.org)
  • Make sure both your name and your E-mail address are correct (as on your ID) and clearly readable
  • Come carrying: your ID (passport, and/or driver license (The more IDs you present the more points you can obtain)) enough PGP fingerprint slips (if you want your PGP key signed as well)
At the BoF a small number of Assurer Forms will be available as well free CAcert Assurer pins in order to allow you to show that you are willing to assure CAcert applicants.

Tales from Sysadmin...
Organizer: Perry Rivera
Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 8:40 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Lawrence

An informal roundtable on anything sysadmin related (or otherwise). Bring funny and good horror stories about customers/end-users. Also, any general issues, problems, tips, solutions are up for discussion. Some suggested topics may include: digital photography, Inkscape, OpenOffice, Perl, home projects, etc.

BayLISA June General Meeting
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., San Tomas

Zimbra Technical Overview
Speakers: Kevin Henriksonm and Anand Palaniswamym, Zimbra
Zimbra provides an open source email, calendaring and collaboration solution for enterprises and service providers. Zimbra features a rich Ajax web UI and also supports traditional desktop clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird, as well as mobile devices. Over 1000 organizations, including H&R Block, MySQL, Mozilla, Georgia Tech University and Comcast Cable, run Zimbra for their users in deployments ranging from a single server to hundreds of blades. In this presentation, Zimbra director of engineering Kevin Henrikson and Anand Palaniswamy will provide a technical overview of Zimbra and how it's architected for large scale deployments.

Winning the Battle Against Next-Generation Spam
Speaker: Stephen Flamm, General Manager, Abaca
Spam is a growing threat to companies today and a thorn to IT's side. These email attacks can result in downtime, productivity and legal liability and fraud from phishing attacks and data theft. Businesses need a solution that is proven to deliver a minimum of 99% spam filtering accuracy to reduce organizational costs. This presentation will feature today's leading anti-spam expert and focus on:

Taos Vendor BoF: Storage Administration
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Cypress

Join your fellow administrators to discuss challenges and solutions for how to keep up with your data. Bring your questions, your stories, and your ideas for the future. What's working and what isn't? From arrays to backups to SANs to ZFS, topics to come from attendees.

Amazon's Storage and Virtual Machine Web Services
Organizer: Christian Kullander, Wayfinder Systems
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Lawrence

An open discussion for those who use, have plans to use or are simply curious about Amazon's web services S3, EC2 and SQS.
S3; Simple Storage Service, EC2; Elastic Compute Cloud, SQS; Simple Queue Service, see
http://aws.amazon.com.

Publish More Than a Blog
Hosted by No Starch Press
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Lafayette

Join No Starch Press editors Tyler Ortman and Adam Wright for an informal discussion of book publishing in today's tech industry. Why should you write a book? How does the publishing process work? How is the Internet changing the format and delivery of content? If you love tech books or aspire to write one, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered by the guys who edit them.

Plan 9
Organizer: Ron Minnich, Sandia Labs
Thursday, June 21, 2007, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Cypress

For all you 9fans.

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