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Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:46:48 -0400 (EDT)
From: Unigroup_of_NY
Subject: Reminder: UNIGROUP Meeting 24-JUL-2008 (Thu): Server Performance: Deploying and Scaling (Ruby on) Rails

NOTE: The Unigroup July 2008 meeting is going to happen this week,
at NEW meeting location in SoHo! Please RSVP now!

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When: THURSDAY, July 24th, 2008 (** Special: 4th Thursday **)

Where: ** NEW LOCATION **
Suite 404
568 Broadway (at Prince Street, North East Corner)
SoHo Manhattan, New York City
** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **
** Building Lobby Sign-in will be required **

Time: 6:15 PM - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 PM - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard, Questions,
Answers and Current Events
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business and Announcements
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Topic: Server Performance: Deploying and Scaling (Ruby on) Rails

Speaker: Brian Gupta,
Brandorr Group



The Search for New Unigroup Meeting Space:

Unigroup would like to thank the handful of people who have been
looking for, checking on, and/or suggesting potential new meeting
locations for our meetings! The search for an ideal location is
still proceeding. In the mean time, we have found a location in
SoHo to hold our July meeting.

Meeting Planning:

Our FreeBSD Networking Stack meeting had to be postponed
due to speaker unavailability, but it will be rescheduled when
our speaker George Neville-Neil of the The FreeBSD Project Core
Team is available again. We hope to cover recent advances in
the stack, including recent support for 10G Ethernet.

We are planning a Launch Meeting (at Sun) for upcoming releases
of Solaris (and OpenSolaris Project Indiana).

Novell is also interested in hosting a meeting on SuSE Linux
(possibly on the Real-Time Linux Kernel, which was being
demonstrated at the SIFMA 2008 show).

We are also working on a potential meeting on Linux Real-Time
Messaging (as used in financial/trading systems).

This Month's Meeting:

For our July 2008 meeting, many of you will recognize our
speaker Brian Gupta, who is a Unigroup member, and a leader
in the NYC OpenSolaris User group.



To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
Registration Page:

This will allow us to automate the registration process.
(Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
for any last minute updates concerning this meeting. If you
registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
minute announcements as the meeting approaches. Also make sure
any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
our mailing list.

Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
seating, etc.).



Topic: Server Performance: Deploying and Scaling (Ruby on) Rails

Ruby on Rails has a reputation, as being difficult or impossible to
scale. In this session we will review some of the techniques used to
scale a Rails site. We will review techniques such as load balancing,
database optimization, and caching. In addition we will cover some
tools and techniques that you will start to need as your site grows.
These tools range from monitoring and management, to load testing

Detailed Presentation Outline:

0) A bit on Recent Rails Releases

1) Improving the performance of static serving

- High Performance Front Ends (Apache, Lighttpd, Nginx)

2) Mongrel Web server, and the contenders

- Mongrel
- Ebb
- Thin

3) Software load balancing

- Nginx
- Apache
- Haproxy
- Pen
- Pound
- UIltraMonkey

4) Rails Caching

- Fragment and Page Caching
- File Based Page Caching
- memcached

5) Database scaling techniques

- Tuning
- innodb vs myisam, merge tables, memory caches/buffers
- replication
- mysqlproxy
- sharding
- memcached

6) Sessions

- Default MyISAM Sessions
- Scalable Alternatives
- Fastsessions
- Session cookies
- MemCache sessions

7) Automation and managing system configuration

- Puppet
- Capistrano

8) Managing your daemons with Monit or G-d

9) Virtualization and what it gets you

10) Benchmarking and load testing

- ab
- httperf
- siege
- JMeter
- Grinder

11) Developers need to be on board

12) Resources: Books, websites, blogs, etc.

13) Monitoring

- Nagios
- Cacti

14) Version control - Scaling your development team

15) Services

16) The Future

- Rubinious (Ruby VM)
- Apache based modrails
- Other Ruby frameworks

Web Resources:

Ruby on Rails

The Rails FAQ:

The Rails Forum:

Working With Rails:

Ruby Inside, Rails Tricks:

Rails Conference: Proceedings

Hot Topic: Developing iPhone applications using Ruby on Rails and Eclipse



Speaker Biography:

Brian Gupta: Life long computer nerd. 15+ years UNIX and network
administration. Open source advocate. Currently leading up
Brandorr Consulting Group. Member of the following advocacy
groups: New York OpenSolaris UG, UNIGROUP, NYLUG, NYCBUG, LIspNYC,
and NYCRuby.


Company Biography:

Brandorr Group - Small and growing consulting team focused on
supporting Rails startups, particularly in the cloud computing
space. (Operations and developer support for Rails deployed on
FreeBSD, Linux and Solaris.)



Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
(ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

** Thanks to our friends at Sun Microsystems, Unigroup also has
some Solaris 10 DVDs to raffle off.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
start of the meeting.


Fee Schedule:

Yearly Membership (includes all meetings): $ 50.00
Non-Member Single Meeting: $ 20.00
Student Yearly Membership (with ID): $ 25.00
Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID): $ 5.00

* Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.



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 SOFT beverages.

** Note: We will be using our normal caterer for this meeting.



Suite 404
568 Broadway (at Prince Street, North East Corner)
SoHo Manhattan
New York City

Located on Broadway, just North of the North East corner of
Prince Street, and South of Houston Street.

Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.

We believe free street parking becomes available at 6pm.

Nearest mass transit stations are: 'R/N' (Prince Street),
'B/D/F/V' Broadway-Lafayette, and '6' (Spring Street).

This facility has free Wi-Fi and a VGA Projector/Screen.


Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
Please tell your friends about Unigroup!


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Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.
Unigroup is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded
volunteer organization. Unigroup holds regular and special event
meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix
and the Unix/Linux/BSD User Community.

Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
THURSDAY of Odd Months. We generally try to hold Field Trip or
Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
7/24/2008, 9/18/2008, 10/16/2008 ??, 11/20/2008, 1/15/2009...
Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
software vendors.

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