LUV April Meeting

Apr 6 2010 19:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.

  • Rusty Russell - Switching To Userspace: A Kernel Hacker Leaves The Nest
  • Tim Serong - High Availability in 37 Easy Steps

Rusty Russell - Switching To Userspace: A Kernel Hacker Leaves The Nest

Rusty Russell is best known for his kernel work, particularly netfilter and modules. With changing life priorities, he decided to try his hand at userspace coding and a new project (SAMBA) to stretch his brain into fresh shapes. After ten years in the kernel, it's a little daunting to enter an established project as the new kid, but along the way we'll see how he has managed to carve out a niche and have a great time coding inside a huge and complex codebase.

Rusty Russell has been a full-time professional Free Software programmer since 1997. He's probably best known for his work with iptables/netfilter last decade, but his coding work has ranged from early g++ contributions to the founding the embryonic Comprehensive C Archive Network. He also founded what became the conference series, as well as advocating for patent and copyright reform during the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement ratification. He works for IBM in Canberra, lives in Adelaide, and has a delightful 18 month old daughter Arabella.

Tim Serong - High Availability in 37 Easy Steps

High Availability can be a curiously nebulous term, and most people probably don't care about it until they can't access their online banking service, or their plane crashes.

This talk examines some of the considerations necessary when building highly available computer systems, then focuses on the HA infrastructure software currently available from the Corosync/OpenAIS, Linux-HA and Pacemaker projects.

Tim is a native of Melbourne, currently employed by Novell to work on (surprise!) the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension. He goes by tserong in various places (Freenode, LinkedIn, Flickr), but somehow managed to completely avoid Twitter.

Interests include motorcycling, beer, and making technology simpler and more reliable (although not necessarily in that order, and usually not all at the same time).


The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:

Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting!


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Re: Slides

Cool, thanks Tim!

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