Unigroup's January 2009 Meeting Announcement

Linux/Unix Real-Time Messaging

Robert Ciampa, Vice President of Strategy,
Dave Lauer, Senior Systems Engineer,
Tervela Inc.

Thursday, 15-JAN-2009      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering
51 Astor Place (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City
Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)
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6:15 - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


Happy New Year!

Our first meeting of 2009 will have Tervela Inc. presenting. If you were able to attend the last SIFMA (SIA) show at the Hilton, you may remember seeing their booth, where they were showing their specialty dealing with Real-Time Messaging in Wall Street environments. Tervela will be sponsoring the food service for our meeting... Thanks Tervela!

We are still trying to reschedule our FreeBSD Networking Stack meeting (with George Neville-Neil of the FreeBSD Core Team presenting). It looks like we will have to move off our normal 3rd Thursday meeting schedule to satisfy our speaker's availability. Stay tuned for updates.

Our Field Trip to Novell on The SuSE Real-Time Linux Kernel is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday in March... 19-MAR-2009.

** Unigroup Board of Director Elections: Unigroup will be holding our annual elections for our Board of Directors at this meeting. If you are interested in running/volunteering for the Unigroup Board, please contact us immediately!


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering
      51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City
      Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)

   Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between 3rd & 4th Avenues.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for directions
   to the room.  From the main entrance, keep going straight beyond the
   guard till the end of the hall, make a left, pass the elevators (on
   your left), keep going, and Room 136E will be on your right.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union).
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East.
     '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

   Free street parking becomes available at 6pm.

   There are also parking lots on Broadway at Astor Place.


Topic: Linux/Unix Real-Time Messaging

Meeting Outline:

This session will examine contemporary requirements for inter-process communications using real-time messaging. Though sockets and message-oriented middleware remain critical components for distributed computing, their inherent peer-to-peer characteristics may introduce several challenges as the computing ecosystem grows and becomes more distributed. This is especially critical in today's real-time, high performance data centers. In this context, real-time means deterministic, predictable performance. This is not just about faster performance, but also about the minimization of deviation and jitter, which can severely impact critical programs and threads. As firms increasingly identify the predictability of data distribution systems as being more essential than simply being fast, this distinction proves crucial.

Many of today's existing messaging architectures are overwhelmingly software-based systems. While this may have served the industry well in the infancy of electronic market data distribution and trading, current market conditions and data trends are significantly changing the playing field. Routing topologies and consumption patterns in the financial services world are growing more complex for both market data and internally-published information.

With demand for this data expanding throughout the enterprise, message distribution is no longer sufficient in workgroup-sized environments. Similar trends in the networking world led to the end of software-based switches and routers running on commodity hardware, thereby paving the way for the hardware fast path. The hardware fast path provides a next-generation foundation that eliminates the message transport bottleneck by:

By eliminating the most common sources of indeterminism and instability, next-generation systems enable more scalable, higher-performance messaging. This discussion will:

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Robert Ciampa, Vice President of Strategy

Rob Ciampa brings over 20 years of experience successfully designing, marketing and delivering leading-edge technology solutions to global markets. He joined Tervela from Trusted Network Technologies, the leader in identity-based networking. An early operating systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard and a former switch and router designer for Synernetics (which was acquired by 3Com), Ciampa has extensive UNIX and computing platform experience. He also co-founded NetEffect and managed it to became one of world's largest specialized systems integration firms. He later went on to Access360 and was instrumental in its acquisition by IBM, where he was responsible for growing global channel sales and managing worldwide operations for enterprise-class middleware portfolios. Ciampa has a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, as well as an MBA from Boston University. He holds two patents in information technology management.

Dave Lauer, Senior Systems Engineer

As a charter employee at Tervela, Dave Lauer is involved with product architecture, management and performance testing. Lauer works closely with customers to design, architect and demonstrate Tervela's high-performance technology and applications. He also oversees Tervela's performance testing, optimization and benchmark efforts. With a BA and MA from Brandeis University, Dave's background includes almost 10 years computer science and finance experience working as a developer, business analyst and systems engineer for both software and hardware companies.


Founded in 2004, Tervela delivers the next-generation communications infrastructure - the Message Network(tm). This platform was designed and engineered to exceed the information dissemination and processing requirements of the world's most demanding financial services institutions. Addressing the challenges of market volume, volatility and visibility, Tervela invented the Tervela TMX Message Switch(tm) to enable investment banks, hedge funds, exchanges and other data-intensive organizations to deliver consistent, outstanding and predictable performance - even in the most demanding market conditions. For more information, please visit http://www.tervela.com.


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!

O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway (ie. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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