Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Building Raspberry PI Supercomputers; Latest from SC19

When: November 20, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Building Raspberry PI Supercomputers; Latest from SC19
Moderators: Federico Lucifredi, Kurt Keville, Natalia Frumkin
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

An overview of how to build a Raspberry Pi supercomputer

Abstract:

Federico discusses what is required to integrate clusters of ARM SBCs,
with a focus on Raspberry PI units due to their popularity; the software
integration necessary to make them practical, what is necessary to
easily configure nodes, and issue commands for system operation; and
conclude with integrated numerical applications using the MPI interface.

Natalia discusses the Raspberry Pi cluster that she runs at Boston
University.

Kurt discusses the latest from the 2019 meeting of the International
Conference for High Performance Computing Networking, Storage, and
Analysis (SC19), including the status of the LANL cluster.

SC19 runs from Sunay, November 17 to Friday, November 22, 2019.
Bio
Federico Lucifredi is The Ceph Storage Product Management Director at
Red Hat, formerly the Ubuntu Server PM at Canonical, and the Linux
"Systems Management Czar" at SUSE.
Attachments

Attachments

https://sc19.supercomputing.org/

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/259553-750-raspberry-pi-mini-computers-turned-supercomputer-los-alamos-national-laboratory

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Live stream of tonight's BLU meeting is actice

The live stream of tonight's BLU meeting is now active at

https://youtu.be/yJDnod12xfM

Shankar Viswan will be presenting "Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market"

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting reminder tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market

When: October 16, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market
Moderator: Shankar Viswan
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

From early concept, through different phases of design, and product
validation

Abstract:

This talk will be about the different steps involved in designing a
silicon chip: all the way from a design concept to taking it to volume
production. A typical PC processor will be used as an example but the
steps are generally applicable to any silicon integrated circuit design.
It is meant to be a brief introduction to IC design, but more
importantly, it is to answer questions about the whole process (not a
monologue). So bring your questions or send it via email ahead of the talk.

Bio

Shankar Viswanathan is a chip architect at AMD and currently works on
the performance architecture for AMD semi-custom APUs. He has worked on
the design and verification of several generations of AMD processors,
most recently on the APUs used in the various XBox One and PS4 variants.
He also spent a year at a software startup developing a thin hypervisor
for run-time malware detection.


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting reminder tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market

When: October 16, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market
Moderator: Shankar Viswan
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

From early concept, through different phases of design, and product
validation

Abstract:

This talk will be about the different steps involved in designing a
silicon chip: all the way from a design concept to taking it to volume
production. A typical PC processor will be used as an example but the
steps are generally applicable to any silicon integrated circuit design.
It is meant to be a brief introduction to IC design, but more
importantly, it is to answer questions about the whole process (not a
monologue). So bring your questions or send it via email ahead of the talk.

Bio

Shankar Viswanathan is a chip architect at AMD and currently works on
the performance architecture for AMD semi-custom APUs. He has worked on
the design and verification of several generations of AMD processors,
most recently on the APUs used in the various XBox One and PS4 variants.
He also spent a year at a software startup developing a thin hypervisor
for run-time malware detection.


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest LXX reminder, tomorrow Saturday September 21, 2019

Boston Linux Installfest LXX
When: Saturday September 21, 2019, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
http://mitiq.mit.edu/mitiq/directions_%20parkinge51.htm
There is usually sufficient free parking in the E-51 parking lot.


What you need to bring: Your computer, monitor, power strips and your
Linux distributions. We do have copies of some distributions.
In general we have expertise with most distros, but if you need special
expertise, please email the BLU discussion list in advance. Today, most
distros are using Live images that you can try out and then install.
This can be copied to DVDs or USB sticks.There are a number of USB
creators, such as UNetbootin (https://unetbootin.github.io/). Both
Fedora and Ubuntu have built-in USB creators.

COST: It's free! However, we DO have expenses, and contributions are
welcome. Please consider contributing $25 per machine.

Our volunteers will help you to install Linux on your own system. While
Linux runs on most systems, some systems do have configurations and
hardware that may not be supported. Please consult the following web
pages for hardware compatibility. While we prefer you to bring your own
distros, our volunteers will normally have

Linux Howto Pages: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html
Linux Frequently Asked Questions: http://tldp.org/docs.html#faq
Additionally, there are forums and listservs for most distros.

Generally our volunteers have sets of the latest Fedora, SuSE and
Ubuntu distributions:
* Fedora - https://getfedora.org/ (Fedora 30 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 18.04 LTS DVD/USB or 19.04)
* other distros can be downloaded at the Installfest

We generally have them on local drives and can burn CDs/DVDs and
USBs.Since there are many variants of these distros, we advise you to
bring an empty USB stick with sufficient memory to hold one of the
distros. Live images require about 1.5GB. I usually have some USBs
prepared or can easily burn a USB.

We usually have both a Wired and Wireless network available.
The preferred wireless SSID at MIT is "MIT". In addition John does set
up a local wifi.


In addition, you can run Linux on your Windows PC through a virtual
machine manager, such as Virtualbox. You can install this in your
Windows machine and run Linux as a guest OS, or install it in your Linux
machine and run Windows as a guest. VirtualBox 6.0
(http://www.virtualbox.org.) is free and is available for Linux, Windows
10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Additionally,
there are also some VMWare clients that are also free for Windows.

Lunch is generously sponsored by Bluefin Technical Services (Ron Thibeau)


Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions. There is a parking lot in front of
the building on Amherst St. Enter the building, and take the elevator to
your left up to the basement. Room 061 is across from the elevator.

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting reminder tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Crypto News, Historical Vignette, and Our Annual PGP/GnuPG Key-Signing Party

When: September 18, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Crypto News, Historical Vignette, and Our Annual PGP/GnuPG
Key-Signing Party
Moderators: Bill Ricker
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

A review of the past year in crypto and some crypto in history, followed
by our annual PGP keysigning party. Register your key in advance to
participate!

Abstract:

Bill gives his annual review of what has transpired in the world of
cryptography over the past year, and shares some interesting stories
about cryptography in history. Afterward, we hold our annual keysigning
process.

———————————

A key signing party is a get-together of people who use the PGP
encryption system with the purpose of allowing those people to sign each
others keys. Key signing parties serve to extend the web of trust to a
great degree. Key signing parties also serve as great opportunities to
discuss the political and social issues surrounding strong cryptography,
individual liberties, individual sovereignty, and even implementing
encryption technologies or perhaps future work on free encryption software.

The basic workflow of signing someone's key is as follows:

Verify that the person actually is who they claim to be;
Have them verify their key ID and fingerprint;
Sign their key;
Send the signed key back to them

At the meeting, we go through the first two steps. Each person who
preregistered their key will announce their presence and then read off
their key ID and fingerprint, so everyone can verify that their copy of
the list of keys is correct. Once we've run down the list, we line up,
and each of us examines everyone else's photo IDs to verify that they
are who they claim to be. After the meeting is over, each participant
can then retrieve the keys that they've personally verified, sign those
keys, and send the signed keys back to their respective owners.

In order to complete the keysigning in the allotted time, we follow a
formal procedure as seen in V. Alex Brennen's "GnuPG Keysigning Party
HOWTO", attached below. It is strongly advised that if you have not been
to a keysigning party before, you read this document. We're using the
List-based method for this keysigning party, and the keyserver at
subkeys.pgp.net.

It is essential that, before the meeting, you register on the signup
form listed in the attachments. You should bring at least one picture ID
with you. You must also bring your own printout of the report on that
page, so you can check off the names/keys of the people you have
personally verified.

The list will be printed on Wednesday afternoon, the day of the meeting;
be sure to register your key for the keysigning before that. The
official cutoff time is 3:00 pm.

Attachments

BLU keysigning - key registration:
http://blu.org/keysignings/keypartyregister.php
<http://blu.org/keysignings/keypartyregister.php>
GnuPG Keysigning Party HOWTO:
http://www.cryptnet.net/fdp/crypto/gpg-party.html - Note, I'm having
trouble loading this. Here is another resource
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KeySigningParty
GNU Privacy Guard
http://blu.org/keysignings/keypartyregister.php
<http://blu.org/keysignings/keypartyregister.php>

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest LXX Saturday September 21, 2019

Boston Linux Installfest LXX
When: Saturday September 21, 2019, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
http://mitiq.mit.edu/mitiq/directions_%20parkinge51.htm
There is usually sufficient free parking in the E-51 parking lot.


What you need to bring: Your computer, monitor, power strips and your
Linux distributions. We do have copies of some distributions.
In general we have expertise with most distros, but if you need special
expertise, please email the BLU discussion list in advance. Today, most
distros are using Live images that you can try out and then install.
This can be copied to DVDs or USB sticks.There are a number of USB
creators, such as UNetbootin (https://unetbootin.github.io/). Both
Fedora and Ubuntu have built-in USB creators.

COST: It's free! However, we DO have expenses, and contributions are
welcome. Please consider contributing $25 per machine.

Our volunteers will help you to install Linux on your own system. While
Linux runs on most systems, some systems do have configurations and
hardware that may not be supported. Please consult the following web
pages for hardware compatibility. While we prefer you to bring your own
distros, our volunteers will normally have

Linux Howto Pages: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html
Linux Frequently Asked Questions: http://tldp.org/docs.html#faq
Additionally, there are forums and listservs for most distros.

Generally our volunteers have sets of the latest Fedora, SuSE and
Ubuntu distributions:
* Fedora - https://getfedora.org/ (Fedora 30 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 18.04 LTS DVD/USB or 19.04)
* other distros can be downloaded at the Installfest

We generally have them on local drives and can burn CDs/DVDs and
USBs.Since there are many variants of these distros, we advise you to
bring an empty USB stick with sufficient memory to hold one of the
distros. Live images require about 1.5GB. I usually have some USBs
prepared or can easily burn a USB.

We usually have both a Wired and Wireless network available.
The preferred wireless SSID at MIT is "MIT". In addition John does set
up a local wifi.


In addition, you can run Linux on your Windows PC through a virtual
machine manager, such as Virtualbox. You can install this in your
Windows machine and run Linux as a guest OS, or install it in your Linux
machine and run Windows as a guest. VirtualBox 6.0
(http://www.virtualbox.org.) is free and is available for Linux, Windows
10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Additionally,
there are also some VMWare clients that are also free for Windows.

Lunch is generously sponsored by Bluefin Technical Services (Ron Thibeau)


Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions. There is a parking lot in front of
the building on Amherst St. Enter the building, and take the elevator to

your left up to the basement. Room 061 is across from the elevator.

--

Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7


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