When:  Thursday, May 15th, 1997

     Where:  Chase/Chemical Bank
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Rooms B + C

      Time:  6:00 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Unigroup Business
             6:45 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation:

     Topic:  LAN Technologies,
             Focusing on Fast Ethernet, Switching, Network Management and ATM.

  Speakers:  Ike Mustafa and Tony Stramandinoli
             SMC - Standard Microsystems Corporation

  Main Presentation:

  Over the years, LAN design has become more and more complex.  New protocols
  and products are constantly being introduced as network speeds continue to
  increase.  This month's Unigroup presentation aims to not only present our
  members with general information about the latest network technologies, but
  also to provide us with some "down and dirty" details of LAN design.

  This month's meeting topic is LAN Technologies and our speakers for this
  meeting are Ike Mustafa, Eastern Regional Sales Manager and Tony
  Stramandinoli, Systems Network Engineer from Standard Microsystems
  Corporation (http://www.smc.com).

  Tony Stramandinoli will present and discuss emerging LAN technologies
  focusing on Fast Ethernet, Switching, Network Management and ATM.

  SMC is a public company (SMSC-NASD) who is a market leader in LAN (Local
  Area Networks) and VLSI (Integrated Circuits) technologies for over
  twenty-five years.  SMC manufactures network adapters (Token Ring, Ethernet
  and Arcnet), Hubs, MAUs, Switches, SNMP Management, ATM, Super I/O ICs,
  VLSI and other network products.

  Here is a message from Ike Mustafa:
  SMC's goal is to add value to each member by providing highly technical
  information on today's emerging LAN technologies.  SMC invites all the
  members of Unigroup to play an interactive role during the presentation by
  asking questions and bringing any network case studies or network problems
  for discussion.  In the spirit of having fun, SMC will be giving out door
  prizes to Unigroup members.  Tony and I look forward to meeting everyone
  on Thursday, May 15, 1997.

  The following is an outline of selected topics from a sample presentation
  that Unigroup received from SMC.  While we do not know if this exact same
  presentation will be given, this outline will hopefully be representative
  of the topics SMC will be presenting at this meeting:

    Demand for Bandwidth                 Memory and Buffering
    100Base-T Fast Ethernet              Static / Dynamic Memory, Addressing
    100Base-T Advantages                 Blocking & Non-Blocking Architecture
    CSMA/CD MAC Protocol                 HOL Blocking
    Fast Ethernet Cabling Support        Latency
    Fast Ethernet 100Base-TX             Spanning Tree Protocol
    Fast Ethernet 100Base-T4             Packet Filtering
    Fast Ethernet 100Base-FX             Flow Control
    Fast Ethernet Repeaters              Full Duplex
    Class I Repeater Connectivity        VLANs
    Class II Repeater Connectivity       What is RMON, RMON2, RMON MIB
    What is an Ethernet Switch           Port Mirroring
    Why is Ethernet Switching Appealing  Segmented Ethernet Workgroups
    Why is Switching Important           Where is Fast Ethernet Headed
    Switch Forwarding


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


     55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street and there is a lot right
          in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:
     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the "North Tower"
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street.  Go past the guard's desk (mentioning
     you are heading for Unigroup) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria.  After
     the cafeteria, you see another "lobby" area.  Walk past the cash
     machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.
     Conference Rooms B+C will be on your right.

     If you come very early, we may not have the signs in place yet, but
     hopefully these directions will get you to the meeting room.


  Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
  Please tell your friends about Unigroup!


2. PC EXPO '97

PC Expo '97 is coming to NYC at the Javits Convention Center on
June 17-19th, 1997.  This year, the overall PC Expo show includes the
WEB.X, Networks Expo and MacOS Expo shows.  Check out http://www.pcexpo.com
for more details.

Note: Unigroup has ordered Complimentary PC Expo passes, which we should be
      receiving shortly.  We plan on giving these passes out at our May'97



Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving the
Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup is
not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded.  Unigroup holds regular
and special event meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating
to Unix and the Unix User Community.   Unigroup is also the Greater NYC
Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

Thanks to Chase/Chemical Bank, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for
the Third THURSDAY of Odd Months at Chase/Chemical Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
Planned meeting dates are: 5/15/97, 7/17/97, 9/18/97, Unix Expo, ...
Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC.

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I hope to see you all at Unigroup's May 1997 meeting.

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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