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Due to unforeseen added catering and other costs,
registering May 2-8 or "at the door" costs  more
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TECHNICAL SESSIONS
All events held at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:00 am –10:30 am Opening Remarks and Keynote
10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Break
11:00 am  – 11:45 am Pushing Boulders Uphill:
NOAA Updates – High Performance Computing across the WAN
Panel: Tech Women Rule! Creative Solutions for being a (or working with a) female technologist Unconference
11:45 am – 12:30pm Keeping Nagios Sane Unconference
12:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Technical Community Response for the Haitian Earthquake Budgeting for System Administrators
Unconference
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Drupal On-Demand Job-Hunting Skills for System Administrators
Unconference
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm – 4:15pm An overview of Google’s technologies: GFS, MapReduce, and many more
Mentoring: It’s for everyone! Unconference
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Using Hierarchical Protection Domains for Network Security How to stop hating MySQL: Fixing common MySQL myths and mistakes Unconference
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Afternoon Keynote

 

Saturday, May 8

8:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Saturday

Room A

Opening Remarks

William Bilancio, PICC ’10 Program Chair

Keynote Address 
Smooth Operations: Stopping the spiral of “Emergency System Administration”

Thomas A. Limoncelli, Author and System Administrator,  Google NYC 

After two decades of being a system administrator and writing 4 books on the topic, Tom has concluded that the best system administrators prevent the panicy, stress-filled emergencies and turn system administration into smooth operations. When we do this our jobs become more fulfilling, interesting, and exciting.

Using material from his unpublished, unannounced, fifth book, Tom will describe the top techniques for building a smooth operation: monitoring, automation, designs that “route around” problems, and building a community of peers for support.

How could we raise the bar such that everyone does these things? Tom has ideas about that too.

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.   Break with Drinks and Snacks Brunswick Ballroom Foyer
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturday

REFEREED PAPERS

Brunswick Ballroom Room A

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Pushing Boulders Uphill:
NOAA Updates – High Performance Computing across the WAN

Colin Morgan, Sr. Network & Security Engineer with High Performance Technologies (HPTi);
Frank Indiviglio, Sr. Data Engineer with High Performance Technologies (HPTi);

NOAA’s R&D High Performance Computing program was the benefit of Stimulus money and is currently working to expand their program. The current program consists of 3 locations (Princeton, Gaithersburg, Boulder) with 2 additional (Oak Ridge National Labs, Site B in West VA) locations being added in 2010. The main compute for the program is going to live in ORNL and Site B, with a requirement to pull in excess of 100TB a day back to Princeton, NJ for analysis. To support this, a fully redundant 10G network is being built to interconnect each of the HPCS centers. Additionally, a new infrastructure is being designed to support the program including highly robust data transfer nodes and a scheduling mechanism. Topics of the conversation include:

  • Network Design (Colocation sites, architecture, devices, protocols, multiple phases)
  • Infrastructure Design (Bastion, DNS, LDAP, Log, Monitoring, Backups, etc)
  • Data transfer using gridftp
  • Scheduling with MOAB
  • MOAB workflow
  • Central Access Cards (CAC) for authentication of the entire process
  • Benefits to the community (network access, data transfer & MOAB lessons learned)

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Keeping Nagios Sane
Matt Simmons Standalone-Sysadmin.com

Over the course of several years, I’ve learned various tips and techniques to managing the Nagios configuration itself, which can become unwieldy. I would like to share my hard gained knowledge with my peers, and I suspect that PICC would be the perfect place.

INVITED TALKS

Brunswick Ballroom Room B

Panel: Tech Women Rule! Creative Solutions for being a (or working with a) female technologist
Facilitator: Pamela Howell, CEO, Expert Technical Interpreter, UberGeek – Esoteric Resources Incorporated

Panelests: TBA

What are the challenges faced by women who work in technology? How best to get your voice heard, and *most importantly* your knowledge respected, in this primarily masculine field. Hopefully while retaining your sanity, some smidgen of your feminity, and without driving those around you completely nuts. Let’s also talk about safe networking skills, and how non-female team members can learn to work better with their woman coworkers.

UNCONFERENCE

Brunswick Ballroom C

Have something you want to talk about?  Want to put on your own panel,
presentation, or gathering of like-minded folks?  The unconference is
a "do it yourself" conference track!

How it works:  We’ve left six 45-minute timeslots unscheduled.  On a
first-come, first-serve basis, attendees can sign up to fill the
timeslots with their own presentation, panel, affinity group,
whatever!

To register your presentation, sign up at the main conference desk any
time after 5pm on Friday.

To find out what presenations have been registered, check this web
page or visit the "unconference unboard" near the registration area.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.   Lunch
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Saturday

REFEREED PAPERS

Brunswick Ballroom Room A

1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Technical Community Response for the Haitian Earthquake
Pablo Mayrgundter, System Engineer, Google;

The Haitian earthquake was profoundly devestating, affecting all levels society, daily life to long-term planning, peoples’ houses to national infrastructure. Help of many kinds will be needed for months and years to come. The tech community can engage in relief efforts by "helping the helpers" in the major areas of Communications, Collaboration, Health and Geo, to answer "Who is doing What Where", address Need/Have issues and coordinate this information across organizations

2:15 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Drupal On-Demand
Nick Silkey Senior Systems Administrator, Yale University

Content management systems are nothing new. What is new is the idea of a pressable, one-click infrastructure which can provision on-demand. This talk centers around the decision points and lessons learned from the infrastructure side of the house when a 30,000-person university standardizes upon an open-source content management system to host a rainbow of web content for various flavors of students, faculty, and staff. We shall discuss tools actively leveraged in the trenches which support automated builds and deployment, version-control systems, continuous integration workflow tools, along with high-availabilty infrastructure components. In addition to providing an overview of how this was accomplished, details about upcoming enhancements to the environment will be discussed.

INVITED TALKS

Brunswick Ballroom Room B

1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Budgeting for System Administrators
Adam Moskowitz

This talk will present a brief overview of the budgeting process and a fast brain dump of what to include in a budget and how to figure out how much to ask for; the rest of the talk will be devoted to tips for getting your budget approved and how to deal with it when you get less than you ask for or you are told to cut your budget.

2:15 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Job-Hunting Skills for System Administrators
Adam Moskowitz

This talk will address important job-hunting skills, from what belongs in your resume to how to handle yourself during an interview to offer negotiations. The material will be drawn from a LISA 2009 The Guru Is In session, LISA tutorials, and the speaker’s 30+ years of experience of interviews on both sides of the table.

UNCONFERENCE

Brunswick Ball Room C

Have something you want to talk about?  Want to put on your own panel,
presentation, or gathering of like-minded folks?  The unconference is
a "do it yourself" conference track!

How it works:  We’ve left six 45-minute timeslots unscheduled.  On a
first-come, first-serve basis, attendees can sign up to fill the
timeslots with their own presentation, panel, affinity group,
whatever!

To register your presentation, sign up at the main conference desk any
time after 5pm on Friday.

To find out what presenations have been registered, check this web
page or visit the "unconference unboard" near the registration area.

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.   Break with Drinks and Snacks Brunswick Ballroom Foyer
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday

REFEREED PAPERS

Brunswick Ballroom Room A

3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

An overview of Google’s technologies: GFS, MapReduce, and many more
Tom Limoncelli, Author and System Administrator, Google NYC;

Tom will speak about what it’s like to be on the system administration team at Google and explore some of the technologies that enable Google’s Web services to maintain their high uptime. Google’s "service oriented network" enables the creation of new products that are scalable and maintainable. Tom will give a sysadmin’s view of Google technologies such as GFS, MapReduce, Sawzall, and more. He will also describe how to make a policy that is "Googley."

4:15 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Using Hierarchical Protection Domains for Network Security
Joe McDonagh, Rapid7 LLC;

One of my beloved vendors once said "The network is the computer." I’m not sure how seriously anyone viewed this quasi-philosophical phrase’s implications on network security. We understand security fairly well and have implemented a nice model inside CPU’s that is called "Rings of Protection" or "Hierarchical Protection Domains". Yet not many people have brought this principle into the network security realm. By applying this sixties-era model of CPU security to your network firewall, I am going to show you how you can greatly reduce the complexity of your configuration, while inversely increasing your network security.

INVITED TALKS

Brunswick Ballroom Room B

3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Mentoring: It’s for everyone!
Jesse Trucks, D.E. Shaw Research, LLC ;

Most sysadmins learn a large part of their trade from other sysadmins. This means each sysadmin is both a student and a teacher. This talk talks about how to be a more effective teacher and mentor to others and how to be a better student and mentee with others. Everyone will learn from everyone else’s experience in the room, as well, so all students will both teach and learn!

4:15 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

How to stop hating MySQL: Fixing common MySQL myths and mistakes
Sheeri K. Cabral, MySQL DBA, The Pythian Group ;

If you find yourself muttering "MySQL is awful," you cannot miss this session. Many common-sense approaches backfire when applied to MySQL database administration and optimizing schemas and queries. Sheeri K. Cabral of The Pythian Group will explain why that happens and how to think about tuning and optimizing MySQL, so you can save your hate for more important things, such as vi vs. emacs discussions.

UNCONFERENCE

Brunswick Ballroom C

Have something you want to talk about?  Want to put on your own panel,
presentation, or gathering of like-minded folks?  The unconference is
a "do it yourself" conference track!

How it works:  We’ve left six 45-minute timeslots unscheduled.  On a
first-come, first-serve basis, attendees can sign up to fill the
timeslots with their own presentation, panel, affinity group,
whatever!

To register your presentation, sign up at the main conference desk any
time after 5pm on Friday.

To find out what presenations have been registered, check this web
page or visit the "unconference unboard" near the registration area.