Unigroup's October 2013 Meeting Announcements


Data Center Networking: A Look at Current Architectures, from the OS to Flow-Based Switching

Nick Ciarleglio,
Distinguished Systems Engineer,
Arista Networks.

THURSDAY, 17-OCT-2013      (** 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
Foundation Building (Historic Landmark)   (*** COOPER SQUARE ***)
7 East 7th Street    (*** SPECIAL LOCATION ** 3rd Avenue @ 7th Street ** Across the Street from Engineering)
Cooper Square, East Village, Manhattan, New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 715F   (SPECIAL LOCATION: Foundation Building 7th Floor; Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
** Please RSVP **

6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Note: Since our October 2013 speaker may have to leave early, we expect to shuffle the meeting around, holding the main Arista presentation starting as early as possible. Also, we are meeting in the building across the street from our normal location. Please plan your arrival accordingly.

Note: The meeting room will be across the street from our normal location, in the Cooper Union Foundation Building at Cooper Square.

Unigroup's October 2013 meeting will be on Data Center Networking and High Performance Network Switch Architectures, and our speaker is from Arista Networks. If you had attended the recent Interop and High Performance Computing Financial Markets Trade Shows in NYC, you may have seen Arista Networks exhibiting their High Performance Networking products.

Unigroup's November 2013 meeting will on Datacenter Infrastructure, and will be a Field-Trip Meeting to Telehouse's Datacenter on the West Side of Manhattan, NYC! We will be joined by special guests from ISPnet, a local ISP who will show us their new POP at that Datacenter (and we may literally be able to trace the cables carrying Unigroup.Org's traffic to the Internet backbone). If you have never had a tour of a Carrier-Neutral Datacenter, you won't want to miss this meeting!


   Most Unigroup meetings are open to the public!

   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the
       Unigroup Registration Page.

   This will allow us to automate the registration process.
   (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
   Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and THIS page,
   for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
   registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
   minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
   any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
   If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
   our mailing list.

   Also, if you have an interest in Unigroup, be sure to receive
   Unigroup information DIRECTLY from Unigroup, via direct receipt
   of Emails and by visiting the Unigroup Web Site.  NO OTHER SOURCE
   provides timely, accurate and complete Unigroup information.

   Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
   prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
   RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

   Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
         will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
         properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
         seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
         If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
         still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
         we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
         you are "not on the list".


      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu) 
      Foundation Building (*** Historic Landmark on Cooper Square, Across from Engineering ***)
      7 East 7th Street (*** SPECIAL LOCATION *** 3rd Avenue @ 7th Street)
      Cooper Square, East Village, Manhattan, New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room Changes Month-to-Month)

   Located on Cooper Square.  Look for the historic landmark building.
   Entrance is at Cooper Square at 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

   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 Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '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.
                   Or take the new connection to the uptown '6'!

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
     Astor Place (8th Street).


Topic: Data Center Networking: A Look at Current Architectures, from the OS to Flow-Based Switching

Introduction & Description of Talk:

At this meeting, we will discuss some of the latest advances in computer networking, spanning the User Interface and Software Control, to the Operating System and Hardware Platform.

Outline of the Talk:

References & Web Resources:

   SDN / Software Defined Networking (Wikipedia)


   OpenStack (Wikipedia)

   OpenFlow / Open Networking Foundation

   OpenFlow (Wikipedia)

   Arista Networks


Nick Ciarleglio - Distinguished Systems Engineer - Arista Networks

Nick Ciarleglio is currently a Distinguished Systems Engineer at Arista Networks. Nick arrived at Arista Networks in 2008 as the company's first Systems Engineer. In his current role, Nick is responsible for software product definition and testing, as well as providing field feedback and "real world" expertise to the Arista development teams. Prior to his arrival at Arista, Nick was a Senior Technical Consultant for Hewlett Packard.


Arista Networks was founded to deliver software defined cloud networking solutions for large data center and high-performance computing environments. With more than one million cloud networking ports being deployed worldwide, Arista delivers a portfolio of 1/10/40 and 100GbE products that redefine network architectures, bring extensibility to networking, and dramatically change the price/performance of data center networks.

At the core of Arista's platform is the Extensible Operating System (EOS), a ground-breaking network operating system with single-image consistency across hardware platforms, and modern core architecture enabling in-service upgrades and application extensibility.

For further information, please visit: http://www.aristanetworks.com


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

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

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

Also, SuSE has also provided us with SuSE Linux SLES and SLED Install Media. We gave out SuSE Linux Media at our last meeting and have more DVDs for upcoming meetings. (We hope to have SuSE presenting Linux High Availability and Clustering at an upcoming meeting.)


Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group, and its members pay a yearly membership fee. For Unigroup members, there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during their membership year. Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

       * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.
                          MasterCard, VISA, Discover (new for 2013).

       ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
         currently enrolled in classes (rather than working
         full-time), and as such, your Student ID should show
         a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
         containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
         current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
         to university facilities just does not feel right.
         If your ID contains no date, please bring
         additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks.

NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.

Members: Remember to bring your membership card with you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!


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.

Arista Networks is sponsoring the food service for this meeting! Thanks Arista Networks!

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

[Unigroup Home]

Webmaster (unilist@unigroup.org)

Copyright © 2013 Unigroup of New York, Inc., All rights reserved.