Unigroup's June 2014 Meeting Announcements


Linux + AIX on Power 8 CPU Architecture

Ajit Gangaram, Systems Architect: Mainframe, Power and Storage
Ann McDermott, Linux Technical Sales Specialist

THURSDAY, 19-JUN-2014      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 101_CS   (1st Floor, Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
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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.


Unigroup's June 2014 meeting will be on IBM's new Power 8 CPU Architecture.

We'll also have brief review of the recent Cloud Expo/Big Data/IoT/DevOps Conference, to discuss some of the interesting topics presented there.

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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

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Topic: Linux + AIX on Power 8 CPU Architecture

Introduction & Description of Talk:

IBM has recently announced its new Power 8 processor. IBM says this is the first commercially available processor designed for Big Data, with large amounts of cache, and a variety of operating systems available to run on it, including: Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Ubuntu Linux, and of course IBM AIX.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:

  IBM Power Web Site:

  IBM Redbook on Power 8 Processor Performance & Tuning:

  YouTube: IBM AIX Virtual User Group Talk: The Design of the Power Processor (by one of the designers of the chip)


  OpenPOWER Foundation:

  Wikipedia on the Power Family of Microprocessors:

  Wikipedia on the Power 5 CPU:

  Wikipedia on the Power 6 CPU:

  Wikipedia on the Power 7 CPU:

  Wikipedia on the Power 8 CPU:


Ajit Gangaram:

Ajit Gangaram is a Systems Architect at IBM and works with clients analyzing business and technical requirements and collaborates with the customer in developing solutions. Ajit has mostly worked and supported financial institutions and has expertise in Big Data, Cloud, Security and Mobile Solutions and has worked on several Infrastructure solutions with Distributed Systems, Mainframe, Storage including Unix and Linux. Ajit has been with IBM for 3 years and prior to joining IBM was with HP for five years and with Sun Microsystems for 12 years.

Ann McDermott:

Ann McDermott has worked in the technology field for over 25 years and is a former Unix Instructor at New York University and currently works in the Linux on Power group at IBM. Prior to IBM she was with Oracle, Cisco and Sun. She has worked with many major customers such as HBO, Cablevision, UBS, Citibank and others.


Please see the IBM Web Site for information about IBM.


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, 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 prior meetings and have more DVDs for upcoming meetings.


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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.

Our thanks go to IBM for sponsoring the food service for this meeting!

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