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April 23, 2015 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM SUSE Update on System z
This session will focus on what is new from SUSE on System z. SLES 12 was released last fall, and there are many things you will want to know as you prepare to use it. We will also discuss how the SUSE lifecycle looks today, and how you can make the most of it. A sneak preview of SLES11 SP4 will also be had. Of course your interaction will be welcome, and questions expected.
The speaker will be Don Vosburg, Sales Engineer, SUSE Linux.
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10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM CA Guest Manager and other CA News
A brief update what's going on at CA. We'll take a look at recent and on-going development for VM and Linux on z. Highlighted will be CA Guest Manager for System z. CA Guest Manager for System z is a system management solution that accelerates deployment of z/VM guests and simplifies management of all virtualized environments running under z/VM, such as Linux on System z. Provides easy access to details about each guest and enables actions such start, stop, and recycle to be performed quickly. Role-based access control makes it easy to delegate system management functions to users unfamiliar with z/VM such as Linux administrators. A demonstration will be provided.
The speaker will be Lowell Higley, Senior Principal Product Manager, CA Technologies.
11:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:00 PM Linux on Z Update
The session will present a brief update of recent developments in the Linux under z/VM area.
The speaker will be Len Santalucia, CTO Vicom Infinity, Inc.
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1:30 PM How Fast Is Your EC12?
z/VM 6.3 performance guidelines are just "different". Does vertical scheduling really help? How do you measure it? If an EC12 processor has a clock speed of 5.5 Ghz, really, just how many MIPS is that? How can you make it go faster? In theory, reducing level 1 / level 2 cache misses means less cycles per instruction. Does vertical scheduling help as advertised? This presentation will look at optimizing your configuration and utilizing processor cache statistics for validating the benefit of your configuration changes.
The speaker will be Barton Robinson, Chief Architect, Velocity Software, Inc.
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2:45 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM Implementing Cloud In 10 Minutes!
ZPRO Version 2 is a full re-write. With a focus on the user interface, self-service environments, and working hard to keep the old time Sysprog interested in new interfaces. ZPRO has been a pet project for almost 10 years, and mistakes were made. And hear the highlander story as well (There can be only one).
The speaker will be Barton Robinson, Chief Architect, Velocity Software, Inc.
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4:45 PM Free-for-All
Members will attempt to answer any reasonable VM or hardware related questions. If you are having a problem and want to find out if others are experiencing it, or you are installing new hardware or software and want to find out what types of problems others have experienced, here is the place to find out.
Members are encouraged to bring ideas for future presentations and speakers to this meeting.

Meeting Location:

This quarter's meeting will once again be held at the Aon Hewitt site at 4 Overlook Point on the west side of Lincolnshire. Please note that our attendees are required to enter through the Building A entrance.

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We are fortunate to have refreshments and lunch sponsored by Vicom Infinity once again this quarter. We would like to request a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting to assist in planning appropriately. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE send an E-Mail by that date to dmoyer@lakecountyil.gov with a subject line of "Meeting Attendance". (Note - The SEND TO email address is not an actual link. Please cut and paste the address. Thanks, Dave.)

This request is meant to be a planning aid and should not be interpreted as either a registration or attendance requirement. Attendance is always encouraged and appreciated regardless.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.