Seattle SAGE Group Meeting Thursday April 9 7:00pm

Leeland Artra leeland at
Thu Apr 2 09:34:53 PST 1998


Its just about time for the next Seattle Sage Group meeting. So here is
your one week reminder.

The Seattle SAGE Group (SSG) is a local group for systems & network
administrators in the Seattle and Pacific northwest areas (North Western

Washington). We are a local chapter of SAGE, but SAGE / USENIX
membership is not a requirement.  We sponsor a regular monthly meeting
open to the public on the second Thursday if each month at 7 p.m.

This is a reminder & announcement of the next meeting.


Next meeting: Thursday April 9, 7:00 PM
       Topic: "Issues in *Shared* Network Storage
              in Multiprotocol Environments
              (aka The files went where!?)"
   Presenter: Andy Watson
              Network Appliance's Director of Technical Marketing
    Location: Department of Molecular Biotechnology
              University of Washington
              K-Wing room K350 (3rd floor conference room)
    Web Site:


Presentation details:

Windows Networking and UNIX/NFS can peacefully coexist BUT Differences
     - Authentication
     - Statefulness
     - Locking
make it difficult to enable true sharing of data between communities of
NFS_based and Windows users.

Network Appliance has a realtime microkernel and innovative WAFL file
system that have been extended to include Windows networking
file-sharing together with NFS with fully integrated locking, native
authentication and file object attributes, with appropriate
administrative tools for management from either context.

The Talk will focus on the underlying issues and challenges, and then
offer details re NetApp's implementation and technology. Questions will
be welcomed throughout, rather than in a Q&A section at the end.

Speaker Biography:

Andy Watson is Network Appliance's Director of Technical Marketing.
Integrating actual customer experiences with lab test results, Andy
focuses on real-world challenges for high-performance networks and the
applications that depend on them. With a background on both the vendor
and customer sides, he is a popular speaker on technical topics at
seminars and conferences.

SPEC's SFS benchmark of NFS server performance (also known as "LADDIS")
was developed with Andy's close participation and leadership, involving
a team of engineers from Data General, DEC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun
Microsystems, and others. He continues his involvement with SPEC and SFS

as Network Appliance's primary representative to SPEC.

Prior to joining Network Appliance, Andy was with Auspex Systems, where
he held several often-overlapping positions, including National Systems
Engineering Manager and SPEC Representative. Before Auspex, he was a
Staff Engineer and Internal Consultant with Martin Marietta (now
Lockheed Martin), in Denver, where his charter was the "right-sizing" of

engineering environments before this buzzword had been coined:
mainframe-based applications were ported to desktop workstations, local
mini-supercomputers, and Cray supercomputer platforms, in order to
maximize productivity and improve Martin Marietta's return on
investment. This necessitated implementation of LAN and WAN internetwork

infrastructures in the "early days" when TCP/IP had not yet become a de
facto standard.

Earlier still, Andy worked in software development with a small Palo
Alto based ECAD tools company (RDS), and at the New York City Transit
Authority. He has also been a Systems Engineer with both Prime Computer
and Data General. He has a bachelor's degree in physics.


This is FREE and open to the public and a wonderful opportunity.

NOTE: The K-Wing (and most of the UW) is locked up tight at ~6:30. We
send someone down every 10 min or so to the SOUTH side entrance (the one

just next to the bike rack and parking attendant booth on the bay side
of the building). Also, from the meeting room we can look down on that
very doorway & part of the covered bench to see if someone is waiting
there. We generally keep checking every 10 minutes or so through 7:45.
Since the bench area with the bike racks just outside the door is
covered you may remain dry on a rainy evening. Hence, if you stand close

the building by the bench under the roof you will be dry and visible to
us from the meeting room. We also sometimes call down to see if someone
standing there is waiting for SAGE. So, you may hear a voice from above
inquiring about SAGE, don't be too alarmed.... ;^)

Of course the best solution is to get here about 6:50 along with the
majority of others.

Check out our Web site for more information:


//Leeland Artra                    University of Washington
//Senior Systems Administrator     Box 357730 Rm K343
//Dept of Molecular Biotechnology  Seattle, Washington 98195-7730
//mailto:leeland at  phone:206.616.7233 fax:206.685.7301

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