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Best Of Summit

Over the years, several session speakers have emerged as event celebrities and several subjects have emerged as must-see attractions, garnering standing-room-only crowds. This track serves as a home to their sessions.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Roadmap: Part 1

Tim Burke — Vice President, Platform Engineering, Red Hat
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team Leaders — Red Hat

In this session, Tim Burke and several Red Hat Enterprise Linux team leaders will provide an overview of the major new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features, spotlighting how this release improves datacenter operational efficiency with enhancements in performance, scalability, power savings, virtualization, and security. In order to showcase these key Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features, a specific business deployment use case will be followed to completion in order to demonstrate best practices in deployment configuration and performance monitoring. A combination of prepared video demos will supplement the presentation materials. Additional pointers to reference materials will be provided to enable attendees to harness these benefits of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 in their own datacenters.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Wednesday, May 4 10:20 am - 11:20 am 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Roadmap: Part 2

Tim Burke — Vice President, Platform Engineering, Red Hat
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team Leaders — Red Hat

In this session, Tim Burke and several Red Hat Enterprise Linux team leaders will provide an overview of the major new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features, spotlighting how this release improves datacenter operational efficiency with enhancements in performance, scalability, power savings, virtualization, and security. In order to showcase these key Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features, a specific business deployment use case will be followed to completion in order to demonstrate best practices in deployment configuration and performance monitoring. A combination of prepared video demos will supplement the presentation materials. Additional pointers to reference materials will be provided to enable attendees to harness these benefits of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 in their own datacenters.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Wednesday, May 4 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Overview & Roadmap of Virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chris Wright — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Chris Wright will provide an overview of the virtualization capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, describing operational capabilities, live migration, and I/O optimization. He will also describe many of the differentiating features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, such as memory optimization, resource control, security, and scalability enhancements. Chris will conclude this session by highlighting the most recent functionality and performance enhancements that have been implemented both upstream and in the most recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Wednesday, May 4 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Roadmap

Andrew Cathrow — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization extends the core KVM hypervisor technology that ships within Red Hat Enterprise Linux, adding a powerful management platform supporting advanced features such as clustering, live migration, dynamic resource management, templating, and snapshots.

In this session, Andrew Cathrow will outline the high-level architecture of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, covering the major changes between Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 and the upcoming 3.0 and the roadmap for the coming 18 months.

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Wednesday, May 4 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 2.5 / 5.0

Performance Analysis & Tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Part 1

John D. Shakshober — Senior Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat
Larry Woodman — Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this two-hour session (over two parts), Doug Shakshober (Shak) and Larry Woodman will explore the system performance analysis and tuning necessary to maximize the performance of systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Shak and Larry will focus on large systems that run the most common applications, including database servers, Internet servers, and various financial applications, on a variety of common hardware platforms.

Shak and Larry will begin this session with a demo of how to determine the system capacity for the latest x86_64 hardware. They will then show attendees how to analyze the system performance using several performance analysis tools and techniques. Focusing on the tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Shak and Larry will discuss Red Hat Enterprise Linux tuning parameters, how they affect the system running various workloads, and how they differ between different Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions. In concluding, they will put everything discussed into practical use with several examples of performance analysis and tuning for benchmarks and real-world applications.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Thursday, May 5 10:20 am - 11:20 am 5.0 / 5.0

Performance Analysis & Tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Part 2

John D. Shakshober — Senior Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat
Larry Woodman — Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this two-hour session (over two parts), Doug Shakshober (Shak) and Larry Woodman will explore the system performance analysis and tuning necessary to maximize the performance of systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Shak and Larry will focus on large systems that run the most common applications, including database servers, Internet servers, and various financial applications, on a variety of common hardware platforms.

Shak and Larry will begin this session with a demo of how to determine the system capacity for the latest x86_64 hardware. They will then show attendees how to analyze the system performance using several performance analysis tools and techniques. Focusing on the tuning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Shak and Larry will discuss Red Hat Enterprise Linux tuning parameters, how they affect the system running various workloads, and how they differ between different Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions. In concluding, they will put everything discussed into practical use with several examples of performance analysis and tuning for benchmarks and real-world applications.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Thursday, May 5 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 5.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Network Satellite Power User Tips & Tricks: Part 1

Thomas Cameron — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat
Rick Spurgeon — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Red Hat Network Satellite Server is a powerful, flexible systems management solution for deploying, managing, monitoring, and redeploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. Red Hat Network Satellite allows users to decrease administrative costs and increase time available for strategic tasks by performing single operations through the web user interface. These single operations can affect some or all of their servers.

This session, given by Thomas Cameron and Rick Spurgeon, explores the most useful Red Hat Network Satellite tips and tricks developed by the Red Hat Systems Management subject matter expert team. Topics will include:

  • Red Hat Network Satellite
  • Project Spacewalk
  • Configuration management (configuration macros, system grouping, an introduction to custom and cloned channels, activation keys, and kickstart)
  • Advanced channel management tips and tricks (e.g., how to deal with ISV requirements for systems locked at a specific update, how to deploy third-party or internally developed software with Red Hat Network Satellite, etc.)

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Thursday, May 5 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Red Hat Network Satellite Power User Tips & Tricks: Part 2

Thomas Cameron — Manager, Solution Architects, Red Hat
Rick Spurgeon — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Red Hat Network Satellite Server is a powerful, flexible systems management solution for deploying, managing, monitoring, and redeploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. Red Hat Network Satellite allows users to decrease administrative costs and increase time available for strategic tasks by performing single operations through the web user interface. These single operations can affect some or all of their servers.

This session, given by Thomas Cameron and Rick Spurgeon, explores the most useful Red Hat Network Satellite tips and tricks developed by the Red Hat Systems Management subject matter expert team. Thomas and Rick will cover how to deploy third-party or internally developed software with Red Hat Network Satellite.

Topics: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Thursday, May 5 4:20 pm - 5:20 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Expert Forum - Red Hat Summit

Hosts:

David Egts — Principal Architect, Red Hat

Panelists:

Bryan Che — Manager, Product Management, Red Hat
Tim Burke — Vice President, Platform Engineering, Red Hat
Marco Bill-Peter — Vice President, Global Support, Red Hat
Gordon Haff — Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat
Andrew Cathrow — Senior Product Manager, Red Hat
Todd Warner — Product Manager, Red Hat

Join this product-oriented Q&A panel, hosted by David Egts, to help you make decisions on products and architectures to drive the next product or the next few years of enterprise developments. Panelist questions will be driven by the audience (using a walk-up mic) and David will pose questions that attendees have asked throughout the week using Twitter (#rhforum) and the question drop-boxes located on the Plaza Level.

Topics: Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise MRG, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, Red Hat Global Support Services (GSS), Red Hat Network Satellite

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of Summit Friday, May 6 9:45 am - 10:45 am 2.0 / 5.0

Best Of JBoss World

Over the years, several session speakers have emerged as event celebrities and several subjects have emerged as must-see attractions, garnering standing-room-only crowds. This track serves as a home to their sessions.

Geographic Failover for JBoss Clusters

Bela Ban — Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

In this session, Bela Ban will present a new feature in JBoss clustering clustering and failover between sites.

Consider this example: a site is a local cluster in NYC and to withstand catastrophic failures, such as a power outage, flooding, and fires, there is a second site in SFO where the data from NYC is backed up. This allows for NYC to be the primary site and SFO the backup, vice versa, both sites could be active at the same time, or a scenario where clients connect to NYC during NYC working hours, then migrate to SFO could be implemented. When an entire site fails, all clients connected to that site will fail over to the remote site.

In this session, Bela Ban will show the architecture of geographically separate clusters, describe how to configure them, and illustrate this new feature in a live demo. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of what can be achived with geographic clustering and will understand how to configure clusters for geographic failover.

Topics: JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Data Services

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of JBoss World Wednesday, May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Accelerate, Prune, Trim, & Slim your JBoss

Andy Miller — Global Platform Director, JBoss Engineering, Red Hat
William DeCoste — Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat

Java EE tends to be (unfairly) perceived as a bloated framework. With the intent of simplifying installation and application development/deployment, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is released with the majority of components and services enabled. Due to the micro-container architecture, disabling components and services can be a simple and valuable process.

In this session, Bill DeCoste will provide an overview of the micro-container architecture and the three levels of components and services (micro-container, core, hot-deploy). He will also describe the commonly disabled components and benefits (e.g., memory footprint, start-up time, active ports, and management complexity).

In this session, Andy Miller will:

  • Review performance tuning basics 
  • Detail tuning for JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
  • Discuss how to get the most throughput using a specific EJB 3 (Enterprise Java Beans 3) application
  • Detail Linux-specific tuning and JVM (Java Virtual Machine) tuning specific to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
  • Share actual results, including a before and after of tuning throughput and response times that illustrates how the tuning affected the actual EJB 3 application
  • Detail the tuning concepts and settings that were used to achieve the results
  • Detail the impact of a slimmed configuration on performance

Topics: JBoss Enterprise Application Platform

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of JBoss World Wednesday, May 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 4.0 / 5.0

Red Hat PaaS: The Full Scoop

Issac Roth — PaaS Master, Red Hat

Come learn everything about Red Hat PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). In this session, Issac Roth, Red Hat’s PaaS Master, will take you through the full PaaS vision from benefits to developers to the unique approach Red Hat is taking to this emerging category of development platform to the specific offerings coming from Red Hat. We’ll look at Red Hat’s work in progress, its relationship to open source, how it works underneath, and compare it to other industry approaches.

Topics: Cloud, Java Development, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Frameworks, Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of JBoss World Thursday, May 5 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0

Expert Forum - JBoss World

Hosts:

Ashesh Badani — Senior Director, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat

Panelists:

Mark Little — Senior Director Engineering, Middleware, Red Hat
Rich Sharples — Director of Middleware, Product Management, Red Hat
Bob McWhirter — Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat
Dan Allen — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Mark Proctor — Drools Project Lead and Founder, Red Hat
Burr Sutter — Product Management, Red Hat
Jason Greene — Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Join this Q&A panel, hosted by Ashesh Badani, senior director, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, to help you make decisions on the technologies and standards driving your next-generation JBoss Community projects and JBoss Enterprise Middleware products. Questions for our all-star panel will be driven by the audience (using a walk-up mic), along with attendee questions that were asked throughout the week via Twitter (#jbforum) and a question drop-box located on the Harbor Level.

Topics: Cloud, Java Development, JBoss Community Projects, JBoss Developer Studio, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise BRMS Platform, JBoss Enterprise Data Services, JBoss Enterprise Frameworks, JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform, JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, JBoss Operations Network, Red Hat Cloud

Track Date Time Technical Difficulty
Best Of JBoss World Friday, May 6 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 3.0 / 5.0