Project Lead for the IBM Watson Computer, competing in this week’s “Man Vs Machine” Jeopardy! competition, to deliver exclusive End User Summit keynote
SAN FRANCISCO, February 14, 2011 — The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the speaker lineup and details for The Linux Foundation End User Summit.
The Summit will take place March 1-2, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City in New Jersey and will provide end users and kernel developers a direct connection to one another for advancing the features most critical to using Linux in the enterprise.
The Linux Foundation’s Jim Zemlin will present the day’s opening remarks, which will be followed by the following featured keynote speakers:
• Jens Axboe, kernel developer at Fusion I-O, will discuss how to get your money’s worth out of Ultra-High Performance SSDs;
• Evan Bauer, an architect at DealerTrack, will address using Linux to Unite a transaction platform;
• Linux Weekly News (LWN.net) Editor Jonathan Corbet will deliver the Linux Weather Forecast;
• David Ferrucci, Principal Investigator of the IBM Watson Supercomputer, will go under the hood of one of the most highly-anticipated computing performances in history;
• Steve Rostedt, a kernel developer at Red Hat will share how to influence Linux kernel development without being a kernel developer; and
• Red Hat’s Chief Technology Officer Brian Stevens will detail the recent release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6).
The End User Summit is a unique, invitation-only opportunity for the most advanced enterprise users to collaborate with leaders from within the Linux community, including the highest-level maintainers and developers. By bringing together sophisticated end users and senior Linux developers, The Linux Foundation hopes to accelerate innovation and adoption of Linux in the most cutting-edge environments. Companies from financial services, healthcare, energy and government, among other industries, will be attending.
The event will again employ a variety of session formats to facilitate collaboration: feature keynotes, Ask the Expert/Open Spaces Sessions, technical conference sessions and case studies. Open Spaces Sessions are intended to provide attendees a forum in which they can actively be a part of the discussion on a particular topic and not just an observer. This facilitates collaboration and active progress on requirements among all community members – enterprise users, kernel developers and vendors.
The unstructured and collaborative Open Spaces Sessions will address: Linux Tracing, Multicore/HPC, File Systems and Open Source Compliance. Moderators for these open discussions include:
• Linux Tracing: Elena Zannoni, manager of Linux Engineering Tools Team at Oracle.
• Multicore/HPC: Christoph Lameter, Graphe, Inc.
• File Systems: Christoph Hellwig, kernel developer; Chris Mason, director of Linux Kernel Engineering at Oracle; and Ric Wheeler, manager and architect of the File System team at Red Hat.
• Open Source Compliance: Moderator: Bradley Kuhn, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy.
Technical sessions and case studies will address Device Mapper, KVM Enterprise Development, Tuning Systems for Low Latency, System Tap, an update on Btrfs, Transparent Huge Page Supporting, Scaling with NFS, and File and Storage for the Cloud. More information on the sessions as well as the full schedule and program, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/end-user-summit 
“The Linux Foundation End User Summit is really about bridging collaborative opportunities between the world’s leading Linux users, vendors and the kernel community,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “This is the only event that can catapult Linux into the future in just a day and a half. Everyone who is anyone in enterprise Linux will be in this room in March.”
The Linux Foundation End User Summit is supported by Platinum sponsor IBM and Bronze sponsor Softlayer. To request an invitation, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/end-user-summit .
Linux training opportunities are also available, directly following The Linux Foundation End User Summit. One of the Summit speakers and Linux kernel expert, Christoph Lameter, will be teaching “Advanced Linux Performance Tuning” March 3-4, 2011. For more information, please visit: http://training.linuxfoundation.org/courses/linux-system-administration/advanced-linux-performance-tuning .
About The Linux Foundation
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