Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Live stream of BLU meeting active - 2018-01-17

The live stream of tonight's BLU meeting is currently active on
YouTube. The URL is

https://www.youtube.com/user/bostonlinuxandunix/live


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Boston Linux Meeting reminder Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware

When: January 17, 2018 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware
Moderators: Shankar Viswanathan
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315


*** Note We are reverting back to our old time of 6:30 Q&A followed by
the speaker at about 7pm ****

Summary:

A survey of known attacks that exploit hardware vulnerabilities

Abstract:

A lot of performance features in modern CPUs are being used to mount
attacks on the processor. This talk survey some of the types of attacks
that have been demonstrated so far with a primer on the
micro-architectural features that are being used to mount such attacks.
It will also include a discussion of other types of attacks that can be
used to glean secrets if one has physical access to the hardware.

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.

Note: Shankar is a long time BLU member who frequently attends our
meetings.


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

Next Installfest is on Saturday February 10, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM
at Morse institute Library in Natick:
http://www.blu.org/cgi-bin/calendar/2018-ifest66

Parking:
MIT lots require permits after hours.
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

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Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware

When: January 17, 2018 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware
Moderators: Shankar Viswanathan
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315


*** Note We are reverting back to our old time of 6:30 Q&A followed by
the speaker at about 7pm ****

Summary:

A survey of known attacks that exploit hardware vulnerabilities

Abstract:

A lot of performance features in modern CPUs are being used to mount
attacks on the processor. This talk survey some of the types of attacks
that have been demonstrated so far with a primer on the
micro-architectural features that are being used to mount such attacks.
It will also include a discussion of other types of attacks that can be
used to glean secrets if one has physical access to the hardware.

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.

Note: Shankar is a long time BLU member who frequently attends our
meetings.


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

Parking:
MIT lots require permits after hours.
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@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90






































































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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Scale preview

When: December 20, 2017 8:00PM (7:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Scale Preview
Moderators: Federico Lucifredi
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315
*** Note new Time ****
As a result of the new MIT parking regulations, we will be holding our
meetings later than usual. There should be plenty of metered parking
available. In Cambridge the meters are free after 8PM. See parking note
below.

Summary:

Preview of Federico's presentation at Scale!

Abstract:

We will have additional information on Federico's presentation in the
next day or so. Please check the BLU website: http://www.blu.org or the
reminder I send out on Tuesday.


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
*** Parking Notice *** *** MIT just changed to new parking regulations ***
Parking at MIT without a Permit
MIT parking permits are required for all vehicles on MIT property.
Vehicles without MIT parking permits parked in any MIT parking area will
be subject to ticketing or towing. ​

After Hours
Anyone with a valid MIT parking permit can park his/her vehicle in any
parking facility on campus after 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and all
day on weekends and MIT holidays. Please note that parking is only
allowed in spots that are not otherwise reserved.

​Change here is that permits for any lot now valid in all lots after
2:30; previously permits were not required per website after 5 and in
reality after 3, but now no. Parking is at risk. Cambridge meters and
the pay lots and garages are the only safe options. Note also that
Cambridge meters in the Kendall area. The Passport app is only usable in
Harvard Sq.

Parking meters are free after 8PM. before that they cost $1.25/Hr, and
only take quarters.


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

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

BLU meeting livestream is active

We're livestreaming tonight's BLU meeting on 3D printing. You can view the
livestream at

https://www.youtube.com/user/bostonlinuxandunix/live

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John Abreau / Executive Director, Boston Linux & Unix
Email: abreauj@gmail.com / WWW http://www.abreau.net / PGP-Key-ID 0x920063C6
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boston Linux Meeting reminder, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3D Printing

When: November 15, 2017 8PM (7:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: 3D Printing
Moderators: Algot Runeman
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315
*** Note new Time ****
As a result of the new MIT parking regulations, we will be holding our
meetings later than usual. There should be plenty of metered parking
available. In Cambridge the meters are free after 8PM. See parking note
below.

Summary:

3D printing ranges from being a hobby like the presenter's work to
engineering prototyping and soon, functional tissue/organ printing,
depending on the materials and printers used.

Abstract:

You will get a look into the hobby level of 3D printing using PLA
plastic filament and a $1250 printer (Lulzbot Mini). The projects you
will see run from frivolous to practical. The example projects have all
been developed using OpenSCAD, with occasional support for outlines made
using Inkscape. Both are well-respected Free Software.


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
*** Parking Notice *** *** MIT just changed to new parking regulations ***
Parking at MIT without a Permit
MIT parking permits are required for all vehicles on MIT property.
Vehicles without MIT parking permits parked in any MIT parking area will
be subject to ticketing or towing. ​

After Hours
Anyone with a valid MIT parking permit can park his/her vehicle in any
parking facility on campus after 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and all
day on weekends and MIT holidays. Please note that parking is only
allowed in spots that are not otherwise reserved.

​Change here is that permits for any lot now valid in all lots after
2:30; previously permits were not required per website after 5 and in
reality after 3, but now no. Parking is at risk. Cambridge meters and
the pay lots and garages are the only safe options. Note also that
Cambridge meters in the Kendall area. The Passport app is only usable in
Harvard Sq.

Parking meters are free after 8PM. before that they cost $1.25/Hr, and
only take quarters.


After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
http://www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com/


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
http://www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com/

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
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PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90


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