LUV Main December 2016 Meeting: HPC Linux in Europe / adjourned SGM / Intro to FreeBSD

Dec 6 2016 18:30
Dec 6 2016 20:30

6th Floor, 200 Victoria St. Carlton VIC 3053


• Lev Lafayette, High Performance Linux in Europe
• adjourned Special General Meeting
• Peter Ross, Introduction to FreeBSD

Lev Lafayette, High Performance Linux in Europe

Linux is utterly dominant in high performance computing with 100% of the Top 500 systems worldwide using a *nix based system, and for various good reasons. As expected, different institutions have some very different configurations, maintenance, and user training. Following a whirlwind tour of some of Europe's major HPC centres, examples are provided from Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Stuttgart, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Centre Informatique National de l’Enseignement Supérieur in Montpellier, and the Centro Nacional de Supercomputación, Barcelona.

Lev is the HPC and Training Officer at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that he had a similar role for eight years at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing. He speaks several languages poorly and at least two reasonably well, collects degrees for find out what he doesn't know, and enjoys traditional RPGs. He's been known to do a few things for LUV over the past ten years.

Peter Ross, Introduction to FreeBSD


FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. A large community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. Its advanced networking, security, and storage features have made FreeBSD the platform of choice for many of the busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.

Peter Ross is an IT Systems Engineer, Consultant and Manager currently working as an NBN data centre engineer for ARRIS. He has many years of experience as a Linux consultant and Senior Linux Engineer.

adjourned Special General Meeting

Notice of LUV Special General Meeting, 6 December 2016, 19:30.

Linux Users of Victoria, Inc., registration number A0040056C, will be resuming the adjourned Special General Meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 6th December 2016, on the 6th floor of 200 Victoria St. Carlton VIC 3053.

The SGM will be held in conjunction with our usual December Main Meeting.


The only matter of business to be considered at this meeting is:

That Linux Users of Victoria apply to become a subcommittee of Linux Australia and conditional upon acceptance, wind up the present Victorian association as per rule 76 and section 133 of the Act and transfer all members and assets to the newly formed subcommittee of Linux Australia.


You may appoint another member of LUV as your proxy for this meeting, to speak and vote on your behalf if you are unable to attend.

If you are submitting your proxy on paper, you should sign and date it. If you are emailing your proxy, then the date and act of emailing will be taken as the equivalent of signing and dating a paper proxy.

You can use the following form, which you can copy from between the horizontal rules, inserting your own name and that of your proxy as appropriate:

I, [insert your name], being a member of Linux Users of Victoria, appoint [insert name of your proxy], being also a member of Linux Users of Victoria, as my proxy to vote on my behalf at the Special General Meeting of the association to be held on 2nd November 2016, and at any adjournment of that meeting.

[You can add here any specific instructions to your proxy, such as directions to vote in a particular way on a particular item. If you have no specific instructions, you can delete this bracketed paragraph.]

Notes about proxies:

  1. You can appoint any LUV member as your proxy. However, the committee suggests that it's practical and convenient to appoint the Vice-President, Russell Coker, as your proxy, who can be trusted to act on your proxy faithfully.
  2. Emailed proxies should be sent to, and must be received at least 24 hours before the meeting.
  3. Members who wish to send a paper proxy by post should contact the Secretary for the postal address to use. Such proxies also must be received at least 24 hours before the meeting.
  4. Paper proxies can also be presented at the commencement of the meeting itself.
  5. We recommend using the above form. However, under the new model rules, you can instead use any form that clearly identifies your proxy and is signed by you.

Questions about this meeting are best posted to

-- Andrew Pam, as LUV President.

200 Victoria St. Carlton VIC 3053 (the EPA building)

Late arrivals needing access to the building and the sixth floor please call 0490 049 589.

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 venue.

Linux Users of Victoria Inc. is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.


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