Minutes for the Feb 2002 BLUG meet
Date : 23-02-2002
Although there was alacrity in the air,by the time
everybody made it to the rendezvous & settled down it was
Mahendra had an optimistic cheer saying that we were
breaking the pervious records.I mean we were quite a bit early than
the previous "latest start times".
He always has good news for the crowd there. Last time
it was the goody vouchers & this time he made anouncements that this
time the BIG event ( I mean the Linux Bangalore/2002 ) was being scheduled
for 9th,10th & 11th of December 2002. Yeahhhhhh!
As a part of efforts, to better the quality of the
talks for LB/2002, now on there will be a "Theme of the Month".
There will be talks + demos by the adepts in those particular
fields....cool na? Hey btw we are starting off with
'Clustering'. So on
the whole i guess the meets in the comming months
will be 'Not to miss' kinds. So folks hope to see more of
you there!! :)
There was also a discussion on "Corporate Involvement" in the BLUG
activities. The general plan was to invite corporates to BLUG meets
when we had a theme for the meet.
Yeah, then the talks started off, we had 3 talks
Introduction to Symmetric Multiprocessing (from a
kernel programmers perspective) - Ravikiran G Thirumalai
Filesystems in Linux - Balaji
Configuring Oracle 9i in RedHat Linux - Surjo Das
RaviKiran started of with clear description of
multiprocessor model & then came on to various issues on
kernel level dealing with Symmetric Multiprocessing. All features
quite in depth, with example program codes.There were details of
implementing Semaphores & spinlock.This talk lasted for a
kinda long time & then we had a Q&A session, which
eventually lead to a 'race condition' on the spinlock
implementation & release lock....issues between Hanish & Ravikiran. oops!
it was more than an hour by then, so a quick wrap up. Paved way for the
next talk..to sum up, the talk was informative & good .
Balaji started his part by delving into the history &
evolution of the different File systems.
Then we had a quicky on the Basic Principles plus
stuff on Superblocks, Inodes, Device links etc..
Virtual FS were then discussed. Hey i personally liked
this liner that Balaji used to intro this subtopic -
"All problems of Software engineering can be solved by
an extra level of Indirection".
VFS was on for some time. Then we had Object Orientedness...then we had
Ext2 Implementation - right from physical structure & block group to
optimisations using caching & preallocations. We had some interesting
info on Journalising FS. Finally the talk ended with touch up on other
File systems - Log structured FS & CODA. On the whole it was a good
talk.Time constraint kept the speaker's descriptions brief.
The talk by Surjo Das was Configuring Oracle 9i in RedHat Linux .
It was a neat & detailed talked with good amounts of usefull do's &
dont's. He guided us with tackling the 'binutils' problem. Basically
we learnt that Downgrading helps. Kick off that problem.
Followed by HOWTOs on starting & shutting down.
Then he talked a bit on Circumventing installation on AMD.
Surjo Das also suggests dbspecialist.com for help.
hey folks thats about it.. the talks finished..& it
was time for snacks..we all hung around there for sometime.. &
then packed up for the day.
One thing i cant just forget to say is that without
Atul & Biju,the place lacked some kinda charm.
The BLUG would like to thank Federal Technologies for letting us use their
office for our meetings.
until next time
signin off folks...
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