Next Meeting

Cloud agnostic python based platform for executing code when change happens in your cloud environment

Meeting Info
Brian Johnson
4/11/2015 10:00am - 12:30pm
NoVa Labs II
1916 Isaac Newton Square West
Reston, VA 20190

Cloud agnostic python based platform for executing code when change happens in your cloud environment. The dev team at DivvyCloud developed a plugin and event system that allows python code to be executed when change occurs in a cloud infrastructure. We do this by continually harvesting the state of the cloud environment and comparing it to the previously known state. Through this comparison we can detect change, that will result in an event being fired and registered plugins being executed. Using this technology, DevOps teams can begin to write python based plugins that autonomously manage their cloud environment.
Because we think this system is very powerful (and very cool), we are thinking about giving it to the open source community. But before we put the energy into getting it all fancied up, we want your feedback. Please come out and watch a demonstration of our Event Driven Infrastructure Platform and let us know what you think.

Brian Johnson (bio)

New meeting location starting November 2014

The move is (more or less) complete to NoVa Labs new home. We will start meeting there on 8 November 2014.

NoVa Labs II
1916 Isaac Newton Square West
Reston, VA 20190

Mailing List Update (27 July 2014)

UPDATE: The list is close to being ready. We will migrate everyone and post the new address here.

I am working to move the mailing list. Stay tuned for an update. I apologize to those who can not get access or keep getting unsubscribed.

Mark Metz to Present Basic Photo-editing in GIMP at the July FredLUG Meeting

I just wanted to let anyone who wasn't aware that there is a LUG in Fredericksburg and I'll be presenting some basic photo-editing in GIMP at July's meeting.

This will be different than the content I showed at NOVALUG in January.

Check out the link for the July FredLUG MeetUP

I encourage you to join MeetUp and RSVP if you plan to attend.

OpenShift for Development by Peter Larsen

On June 14, 2014 the monthly meeting of NOVALUG featured Peter Larsen, Senior Solutions Architect from Red Hat, speaking about OpenShift. Peter is a regular at NOVALUG, and cameraman for the NOVALUG Google Hangout for most presentations. He was performing a dress rehearsal for his talk at next week's South East Linux Fest in Charlotte, NC.
Peter explained that OpenShift is a user-friendly, easily-deployed platform as a service (PAAS). A little over two years ago the creators of Origin, the open source code for OpenShift, asked for feedback about their PAAS and feedback they got. Backed by Red Hat the product became a way to support a development community, negating the need for resources and the knowledge necessary to maintain an independent development platform.

Kaveri's Potential

I have a lot of respect for AMD because over the years they have come up with a number of true innovations, leaving Intel (sometimes the whole industry) to play catch-up for a bit.  The x86-64 architecture (a.k.a. AMD64) provided backwards compatibility to the 32-bit x86 instruction set when Intel was ready to move on with Itanium.  AMD followed up by baking the memory controller in the CPU.  When paired with HyperTransport, this gave multiple CPU servers significant performance enhancements while still providing memory coherency.

Their current line of processors -- dubbed APUs -- merge the CPU and GPU into a single chip, trying to leverage that integration to better performance.  Up until now, the two might live on the same silicon, but there was still a high wall between them.  In the latest generation, codenamed Kaveri, AMD has merged the GPU and CPU in a tightly unified architecture called HSA.

Vector Graphics using Inkscape - 11 January 2014 NoVALug Meeting

On Saturday, 11 January 2014, the regular monthly meeting of NoVALug started, as usual, with an interactive monologue by Greg, bringing us up to speed on various current events topics. Most notable was the recent establishment of an association between Red Hat and CentOS. Greg filled us in on his take on the “What's in it for Red Hat?” side of the discussion, with input from Peter and others in the group. Then we got on to the main topic of the meeting – Inkscape.

NoVaLUG Site Survey

Over the next few months, we'll be upgrading the NoVaLUG website to Drupal 7.  As part of that update, we'll be looking at the everythign from the look and feel of the site to the features on the site to integration with other services.

As part of that update, we'd like some feedback from you, the NoVaLUG community, about what is good about the site and what is not so good, what you find useful, and what you find to be lacking.

This survey has five free response questions.  You may answer any or all of them.

What is your preferred desktop?