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LinuxCon North America 2011

LINUXCON NORTH AMERICA 2011. August 17 - 19, 2011. Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Vancouver, Canada

LinuxCon North America takes place August 17-19, 2011 in Vancouver Canada. LinuxCon is the industry's premiere Linux conference. It's North America's annual technical conference that provides an unmatched collaboration and education space for all matters Linux. LinuxCon brings together the best and brightest that the Linux community has to offer, including core developers, administrators, end users, business executives and operations experts - the best technical talent and the decision makers and industry experts who are involved in the Linux community.

KVM Forum 2011 will be co-located with LinuxCon North America. For more information about KVM Forum click here (link resides outside of ibm.com).

For more information about LinuxCon North America 2011 and to register, go here (link resides outside of ibm.com).

As a Platinum Sponsor of LinuxCon North America, IBM has several presentations and break-out sessions.

Keynote Presentation

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-BergerLinux – A Short Retrospective and an Opinion on the Future
Thursday, August 18, 2011
9:00am – 9:40am
Regency Ballroom

Presenter:
Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Chairman Emeritus IBM Academy of Technology

Abstract:

Abstract coming soon

IBM Client Panel

Linux beyond x86: Revolutionizing the Data Center with Linux at the Core
Wednesday August 17, 2011
3:00pm – 3:50pm
Georgia B

Organizations looking for smarter ways to handle big data, run optimized workloads, or implement cloud infrastructures can look into Linux and IBM systems to maximize efficiency, better allocate resources, and enjoy superior qualities of service. In this session, enterprise clients will share how they are benefiting from implementing IT solutions on non-x86 systems with Linux at the core.

Panel Moderator

Jean Staten HealyJean Staten Healy
Director of Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software


Panelists

Dr. B. Kim AndrewsDr. B. Kim Andrews
Manager of Research Computing
Rice University

John CraigJohn Craig
Manager, Technical Services CoE for zSeries
TELUS

Nigel FortlageNigel Fortlage
Vice President Information Technology
GHY International

Bill ReederBill Reeder
WW zEnterprise IT Optimization, Cloud, and Linux Lead
IBM Systems & Technology Group

Panel

20 Years of Linux
Wednesday August 17, 2011
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Regency Ballroom

Join Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin as he discusses the last 20 years of Linux with open source luminaries Eben Moglen, Director-Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center and Jon "Maddog" Hall, Executive Director at Linux International.

Panelists

Dr. Daniel Frye
Vice President, Open Systems Development
IBM Systems & Technology Group

Jon "Maddog" Hall
Executive Director at Linux International

Eben Moglen
Director-Counsel at Software Freedom Law Center

Jim Zemlin
Executive Director at The Linux Foundation (Moderator)

IBM Birds of a Feather Session

Power Linux Birds of a Feather
Thursday August 18, 2011
5:15pm – 7:00pm
Regency A


Abstract:

Braindead after a hard day at LinuxCon? Come relax over beverages and snacks and chat with peers from the IBM Linux Technology Center, Red Hat, SUSE. Try your luck at the Watson Jeopardy! challenge outside the door...then come inside to hear "how'd they do that" with Linux and the Apache Hadoop framework on a cluster of standard IBM POWER7 systems. Linux IT professionals from IBM clients Rice University and GHY International will be on hand to share how they do it, too, using Linux on ppc64 architecture.

IBM Presentations

Khoa HuynhOptimizing Performance of Persistent Data Storage in KVM-based Clouds
Thursday, August 18, 2011
10:30am – 11:30am
Plaza B

Presenter:
Khoa Huynh
Linux Performance Software Developer
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

As in any virtualized environment, the storage I/O performance represents one of the toughest challenges for clouds. In this presentation, we will discuss our recent work in optimizing the end-to-end performance for persistent data storage in a KVM-based cloud environment. We will take a look at the interaction among the hardware and software components, including KVM, network file protocols, and file systems, which affect storage performance in clouds. We will discuss the performance issues which we encountered, how we investigated them and identified the components that were at fault. We will then present our solutions to address those performance issues, including changes to KVM and NFS, yielding very significant performance improvement for persistent data storage in our KVM-based cloud environment. This presentation should be of interest to cloud providers and architects. Familiarity with virtualization is assumed. Our work should also interest many in the Linux/KVM communities, as some of our proposed changes will need to be accepted by those communities.


George WilsonIronclad Clouds: How Linux Is Improving Infrastructure Security
Thursday, August 18, 2011
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Plaza A

Presenter:
George Wilson
Software Developer, Linux Security Development
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

Linux has a rich history of incorporating highly innovative and advanced security features - including Mandatory Access Control, Trusted Computing, authentication, and data encryption - and evolving them into enterprise-strength tooling. Combining those building blocks together with QEMU, it is possible to create more secure and robust cloud implementations in order to address the rightfully critical security assessments that present-day cloud offerings frequently attract. This talk explores the history of key Linux security technologies, their current state, and how they can be integrated and augmented to bring improved security to cloud computing. Appropriate for security developers, technical marketers, and deeply security-aware users, the talk focuses on bringing MAC, Trusted Computing, and QEMU together to enforce security policies in enterprise infrastructure. I make internal and customer presentations regularly, and spoke on MLS development necessary for RHEL 5 LSPP Common Criteria certification at the last SELinux Symposium. Security is vital to enterprise customers.


Stefan HajnocziHands-On Virtualization: Running and Tuning KVM (Tutorial)
Thursday, August 18, 2011
2:00pm – 3:50pm
Plaza C

Presenter:
Stefan Hajnoczi
Software Engineer Linux Virtualization
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

This tutorial session covers how to configure KVM and manage virtual machines. KVM can be used to run multiple isolated guest operating systems simultaneously on a Linux host and is often used for running legacy applications, server consolidation, or software testing. This tutorial starts from scratch and covers installing, configuring, and tuning KVM. It also introduces the tools around KVM for managing virtual machines. The tutorial is aimed at users and those interested in getting started with KVM. No prior experience with KVM is necessary. Attendees can expect to leave with a concrete idea of how to deploy KVM. This session is designed to introduce KVM to a wider user-base and showcase Linux-based virtualization.


Chris BuccellaSystems Management of VMs from a CIM-Enabled Host
Friday, August 19, 2011
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Plaza A

Presenter:
Chris Buccella
Software Developer Linux Systems Management
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

In a virtualized environment, an administrator should have a host-wide view of system resources and resource utilization, as this allows for better provisioning and management of the system. Current system management software treats each Virtual Machine as a Managed system. In a CIM environment, this means a CIM server is running on each VM, which saps system resources. This presentation will explore the possibilities available to reduce systems management software overhead, while retaining a standards-oriented, CIM-enabled system. Acting as a hub, the host system will run the SFCB CIM server, and can gather statistics from each of its VMs using the lightweight SBLIM Data Gatherer. More advanced systems management is provided using SBLIM Remote CMPI. Audience members will learn to use CIM to manage the VMs created using libvirt-cim, following the deployment techniques of the proposed solution. Attendees should have familiarity with DMTF standards, CIM/WBEM or WMI.


Ciju Rajan KAnalyzing the Impact of sysctl Scheduler Tunables
Friday, August 19, 2011
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Plaza C

Presenter:
Ciju Rajan K
Linux Technology Center, Software Developer
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

In an ideal scenario scheduler should be adaptable to the workload characteristics and provide best performance so that system administrators or users need not be experts to tune it. The Linux scheduler (CFS – Completely Fair Scheduler) is found to scale in various environments, right from embedded systems to large servers. It has got more than ten tunables which can significantly influence functionality and performance, however their impact on various workloads have not been sufficiently studied. This presentation is an attempt to educate on the scheduler tunables and how they can be carefully tuned to influence performance and functionality of different types of workloads such as CPU intensive, IO intensive, etc. This talk would be beneficial for those who like to understand how to control the behaviour of the scheduler. People with intermediate level of knowledge in Linux environment can take part in this discussion.


Mingming CaoOptimize ext4 Filesystem for Virtualization
Friday, August 19, 2011
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Plaza A

Presenter:
Mingming Cao
Linux kernel engineer
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

Ext4 file system have been in use in production in enterprise already. It has been improved to address many scalability and performance issues that we have seen in ext3 file system in the past. As cloud computing and KVM has evolved, unavoidably more requirements and challenge have been put onto linux local file system and storage to better support the KVM ecosystem. This talk will cover the requirements and challenges we face, and recent optimization and development in ext4 file system for KVM. Some techniques details including efficient space handling (punch hole) and reduce lock contention (concurrent direct IO) for ext4 file system will be discussed in more detail. We will evaluate the performance of the changes we made and discuss some more future works. The audience of this talk including everyone who is interested in linux file system, storage, and virtualization. Some of basic file system knowledge is nice to have.


Chandra SeetharamanWhat the Big Three Filesystems Can Do For My Enterprise
Friday, August 19, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Plaza A

Presenter:
Chandra Seetharaman
Software Engineer, Multipath Support, iSCSI Systems Management
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Abstract:

There are many filesystems in Linux currently. But there are only a few that support enterprise level functionalities and each of these filesystems are adding new features in every release. Objective of this presentation is to compare and contrast key enterprise level features of three of the Linux filesystems, XFS, ext4 and btrfs. This presentation will also compare their performance under different enterprise workloads. This presentation is geared towards system administrators and CTOs who has to handle huge amount of data in their enterprise. This presentation would help them understand which filesystem provide what feature that are needed for their enterprise. It will also provide them the performance merits of different filesystem on different workloads. This will be a valuable education that the administrators and CTOs can get regarding the features of different enterprise filesystems. It will also help them understand which filesystem is best suited for their specific workload.

IBM Booth

The Watson game and video interface is a representation of IBM’s key innovations in DeepQA. It addresses Watson technology as played out in Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge, the real-world significance of Watson, and implications for a Smarter Planet.

In addition to the IBM Watson challenge, IBM representatives will also be at hand to showcase IBM System z.

Come check it out at the IBM booth in the Technology Showcase, open throughout LinuxCon.

Presenter:

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-BergerDr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Chairman Emeritus IBM Academy of Technology

Biography

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Chairman Emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology, and Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prior to retiring from IBM in June, 2007, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments critical to the future of the IT industry, and organizing appropriate activities in and outside IBM in order to capitalize on them.

In his emeritus role with the IBM Academy, he will continue to participate in a number of technical strategy and innovation initiatives. At MIT, he is involved in multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities focused on how information technologies are helping transform business organizations and the institutions of society.

Dr. Wladawsky-Berger's role in IBM's response to emerging technologies began in December 1995 when he was charged with formulating the company's Internet strategy, and with developing and bringing to market leading-edge Internet technologies that could be integrated into IBM's mainstream business.

He has led a number of IBM's companywide initiatives including Linux, IBM's Next Generation Internet efforts and its work on Grid computing.

He began his IBM career in 1970 at the Company's Thomas J. Watson Research Center where he started technology transfer programs to move the innovations of computer science from IBM's research labs into its product divisions. After joining IBM's product development organization in 1985, he continued his efforts to bring advanced technologies to the marketplace, leading IBM's initiatives in supercomputing and parallel computing including the transformation of IBM's large commercial systems to parallel architectures.

He has managed a number of IBM's businesses, including the large systems software and the UNIX systems divisions.

Dr. Wladawsky-Berger is Adjunct Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Council for BP International and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He was co-chair of President Clinton's Information Technology Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories. He was also a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.

A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Presenter:

Jean Staten HealyJean Staten Healy
Director of Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software

Biography

Jean Staten Healy manages a marketing and business development organization with the responsibility for IBM Linux strategy across all company brands. In this role she coordinates the cross-company strategy for Linux including the achievement of revenue goals, ensures rapid response to changes in the market environment and acts as the IBM spokesperson in the Linux space.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Staten Healy was the Director of Marketing Strategy in the IBM Software Group, Director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, Director of Innovation Initiatives at IBM Corporate Headquarters, and the IBM Customer Advocate in the Office of the Chairman and CEO. In addition, she has held management positions in the IBM Global Services Group. Ms. Staten Healy has lived and worked in Asia.

She holds a M.A. degree in theoretical linguistics and a J.D. with a certificate of concentration in International Law. Ms. Staten Healy is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and Connecticut and is a published author on various legal topics.

Presenter:

Dr. B. Kim AndrewsDr. B. Kim Andrews
Manager of Research Computing
Rice University

Biography

Dr. Kim Andrews is the Manager of Research Computing at Rice University and oversees Rice's Research Computing Support Group (RCSG). The RCSG supports the cluster, server, and visualization needs of the campus' faculty engaged in a broad range of research areas. Kim first came to Rice in 1984 where he began his Ph.D work in Physical Chemistry. After completing his Ph.D, he stayed at Rice holding a dual Research Fellowship at two newly-formed centers, the W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology and the Center for Research on Parallel Computation, headed by parallel computing pioneer Ken Kennedy. He then served as the Manager of High Performance Computing at the University of Houston for 10 years before coming back to his alma mater in 2005 to head up the creation of the RCSG, a group within Information Technology devoted to supporting all levels of computational research on the campus. Partnering with the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice's Shared Research Computing Resources (ShaReCoRe) has grown from 40 users with 1 TFLOPs in 2005 to over 400 users with 100 TFLOPs today.

Rice University was the first to have access to POWER7-based servers outside of IBM, thanks to an IBM Shared University Research Grant for BlueBioU and participation in the POWER7 early ship program. In 2011, Rice was approved for NSF and NIH grants to expand ShaReCoRe by 29 additional Power 750 nodes and build out a 192 node IBM System x iDataPlex cluster. Heavy benchmarking comparing the POWER7 systems to other platforms allowed Rice to single-source the project to IBM.

Presenter:

John CraigJohn Craig
Manager, Technical Services CoE for zSeries
TELUS

Biography

John Craig has over 25 years experience in zSeries systems for both z/OS and zLinux. John is currently the Manager of the Technical Services Centre of Excellence for zSeries. This area of TELUS provides technical support and architectural design for all zSeries system software.

The Technical Services CoE for zSeries area has several technical support teams with dedicated teams of professionals, providing 24x7 system management support for z/OS, z/VM, and zLinux environments.

John has historical background is with database and on-line systems, varying from software development shops to traditional computer services department to IT out-sourcing. John has been with the TELUS zSeries IT team since 1993. John has extensive knowledge in managing and supporting CICS, DB2, IMS, and MQ environments, and has been involved with system support since 1985. John has extensive experience with technical planning and managing data centre moves, along with an in-depth knowledge of system automation and database systems.

John is a member of the BMC Software Automation and Monitors Customer Council. In this role, he reviews and recommends changes to BMC Software's Mainview and AutoOperator products.

As part of the zSeries yearly growth John initiated the implementation of zLinux at TELUS in 2005 and his teams have been active participants in moving this technology forward at TELUS.

Presenter:

Nigel FortlageNigel Fortlage
Vice President Information Technology
GHY International

Biography

Nigel joined GHY in 1988, and since then has developed and grown the company's Information Technology area to adapt to demands of an information-intensive industry. He is the architect and overseer of GHY's technology backbone and infrastructure, oversees relationships with the company's technology-related vendors, and is visionary in equipping GHY to meet its present and future challenges. Nigel oversees a staff of 4, is a founding member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards, CIO Association of Canada, has spoken at many national and international conferences, and accepted the IBM Innovation Award for the iSeries server on behalf of the company in Chicago in 2005.

Presenter:

Khoa HuynhKhoa Huynh
Linux Performance Software Developer
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

Khoa Huynh has over 20 years of experience in product development, testing, performance analysis, and customer support. Khoa joined IBM in 1989 where he first worked on OS/2 in the areas of kernel memory management, remote client management, and system performance. He joined IBM's Linux Technology Center in 2001 where he led the Linux defect support team working with major Linux distributors, and later, joined the virtualization development team, contributing to XEN's full virtualization support for Windows. Khoa is currently on the Linux Performance team, focusing on the performance of virtualization technologies, such as KVM, XEN, and PowerVM. Khoa also holds a doctorate in Computer Science. His areas of interest include virtualization, system architectures, and cloud computing. Khoa has received numerous IBM technical achievement and invention awards, and authored more than 25 technical papers. Most recently, Khoa presented his work in KVM performance at the 2010 Linux Plumbers Conference.

Presenter:

George WilsonGeorge Wilson
Software Developer, Linux Security Development
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

George Wilson is a software developer in the IBM Linux Technology Center. He is currently IBM's Linux security architect and security development team lead. Since joining IBM LTC in 2004, George has led IBM's Linux security certification efforts and the continued development and product exploitation of Linux security features including cryptographic coprocessor support, Trusted Computing, and Mandatory Access Control. Prior to coming to the LTC, he was a software developer for a number of IBM products, including the original IBM Tivoli Global Sign-On. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Louisiana State University.

Presenter:

Stefan HajnocziStefan Hajnoczi
Software Engineer Linux Virtualization
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

Stefan Hajnoczi joined the IBM Linux Technology Center in 2010 where he works on QEMU/KVM and Linux virtualization. He previously worked on cross-platform virtualization at Transitive before it was acquired in 2008. He has been involved with the Etherboot Project and the gPXE network bootloader, which provides an open source PXE implementation and takes network booting a step further with HTTP, iSCSI, and ATA-over-Ethernet support. Stefan previously presented on the QEMU Storage Stack at Linux Plumbers 2010.

Presenter:

Chris BuccellaChris Buccella
Software Developer Linux Systems Management
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

Chris is an open source developer at IBM's Linux Technology Center. He is a member of the SBLIM project, and is currently working on SFCB, the Small-Footprint CIM Broker, a CIM server designed for resource-constrained environments.

Presenter:

Ciju Rajan KCiju Rajan K
Linux Technology Center, Software Developer
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

Ciju works at IBM Linux Technology Center. He has got around seven years of experience in the areas of Embedded Systems, operating system internals and computer architecture. Currently he is part of the LTC Kernel team working on resource management features & Completely fair scheduler in the Linux kernel. Ciju has given talks at foss.in (link resides outside of ibm.com) for the last two years and has been a regular speaker to various open source workshops happening in and around of Bangalore. Recently he started writing a blog on kernel resource management & virtualization (link resides outside of ibm.com)

Presenter:

Mingming CaoMingming Cao
Linux kernel engineer
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

Mingming Cao graduated from Oregon State University in 2000 and has since worked in the IBM Linux Technology Center. She has been involved in many kernel projects, including improving kernel scalability and Block IO layer, Mingming spends most of her time hacking Linux file system area. She is one of the L inux ext4 file system core developer. Currently she is interested in improving Linux local filesystem performance and efficiency, improving data integrity etc, and security. She frequently speaks at Linux conferences, most recently at the Ottawa Linux Symposium and Linux Plumbers Conference 2010.

Presenter:

Chandra SeetharamanChandra Seetharaman
Software Engineer, Multipath Support, iSCSI Systems Management
IBM Systems & Technology Group, Systems Software Development

Biography

Chandra Seetharaman has been working on different operating system for more than 15 years. He has been working on parts of Linux kernel and ecosystem, including resource management, device mapper multipath, iscsi targets. His recent interest is XFS, and enterprise level features of other filesystems

Presenter:

Dr. Daniel Frye
Vice President, Open Systems Development
IBM Systems & Technology Group

Biography

Daniel D. Frye, Vice President - IBM Open Systems Development, is responsible for the IBM Linux development team - the IBM Linux Technology Center (LTC) and cloud computing technology in Systems & Technology Group. Dr. Frye is a member of the IBM Open Source Steering Committee. Overall, Dr. Frye leads a worldwide software development team of over 1500 software professionals in IBM. Dr. Frye joined IBM as a research scientist in 1987 and has worked a variety of positions since then.
The mission of the LTC is to help the global open source Linux community make Linux better, to ensure Enterprise-level Linux support for IBM's Hardware, Software, and Services brands and clients, and to help expand the reach of Linux into new markets. LTC engineers are trusted, valued members of dozens of open source communities and contribute broadly to open source in many respects.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Dr. Frye was a member of IBM's Emerging Technologies and Business Opportunities team where he worked on company-wide technical strategies that predicted future trends and transitions in the IT industry. It was during this time that Dr. Frye co-authored the original IBM corporate strategies for both Linux and open source software. Since then, Dr. Frye has been a key participant in both the IBM-wide Linux and open source core teams that have overseen the adoption of Linux and open source as key strategic initiatives for IBM. Dr. Frye is a founding Board member of The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Dr. Frye was also a board member of the Open Source Development Laboratory before the establishment of The Linux Foundation.

Dr. Frye has an M.A. in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University (1982) and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Idaho (1979). He also received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Atomic Physics from The Johns Hopkins University (1986).

Presenter:

Jon "Maddog" Hall
Executive Director at Linux International

Biography

Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International, a non-profit organization of computer professionals who wish to support and promote Linux-based operating systems. The nickname "maddog" was given to him by his students at Hartford State Technical College, where he was the Department Head of Computer Science. He now prefers to be called by this name. According to Hall, his nickname "came from a time when I had less control over my temper". He has worked for Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories,Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems, and SGI. He is currently the CTO and ambassador of Koolu. It was during his time with Digital that he initially became interested in Linux, and was instrumental in obtaining equipment and resources for Linus Torvalds to accomplish his first port, to Digital's Alpha platform. It was also in this general timeframe that Hall, who lives in New Hampshire, started the Greater New Hampshire Linux Users' Group. Hall has UNIX as his New Hampshire vanity license plate. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations, including the USENIX Association. He is a well known elder statesman of the programming community,[citation needed] and a respected figure in the free software movement. At the UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, Hall was honoured with a Lifetime Recognition Award for his services to the open source community. Hall holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1977) and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1973).

Presenter:

Eben Moglen
Director-Counsel at Software Freedom Law Center

Biography

Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School. Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his 'long, dark period' in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School - and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia - since 1987. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society. Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court. He is also a director of the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Presenter:

Jim Zemlin
Executive Director at The Linux Foundation (Moderator)

Biography

Jim Zemlin, formerly executive director of the Free Standards Group, is the executive director of the Linux Foundation. Zemlin previously served as vice president of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leader in products and services for the Apache web server. Prior to that, he was a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful initial public offering in July 2000. Widely quoted in the press on open source and commercial software trends, Zemlin has also been a keynote speaker at industry and financial conferences including Gartner's Open Source Conference, Linux World and OSCON. Zemlin is an adviser on open source strategy to various companies and governmental groups including Hyperic, Zmanda and the Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.

Presenter:

Bill ReederBill Reeder
WW zEnterprise IT Optimization, Cloud, and Linux Lead
IBM Systems & Technology Group

Biography

Bill Reeder has been with IBM 15 years. Bill was one of the original team that began Server Consolidation for IBM. That work has resulted in several different practices in IBM with Server Group, ITS and Global Services all having practices that keys off of the work done by the original team. Bill was the first person in the Americas Group working for System z responsible for selling Linux on mainframes.

Bill was the first person in the Americas Group working for System z responsible for selling Linux on mainframes. Bill has been working with mainframe customers for 9 years on mainframe Linux. Bill is also one of the authors of a Red Book "Server Consolidation with Linux System z" which has helped many customers understand what their options are with running Linux on the mainframe. Bill is also the author of a white paper called "System z Linux, When and Why". This paper outlines workloads into categories in such a way that customers can either use the list of applications or, look at the criteria for making decisions on their own workloads.

Bill is a frequent lecturer at IBM Top Gun Classes, as well as many other IBM and customer events. Bill is currently responsible for System z IT Optimization and Cloud Sales and Strategy, World Wide.

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