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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 20 September 2012 UNIGROUP: Mason Sharp on Clustered

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 20 September 2012 UNIGROUP: Mason Sharp on Clustered PostgreSQL Databases
Date: 19 Sep 2012 18:03:34 -0400

  what="official UNIGROUP announcement"
  assurance="there will be giveaways and food"
  rsvp="registration requested, see below"
  entrance-fee="yes, see";
  location="The Cooper Union School of Engineering, see below"
  edits="some paragraphs removed so notice fits in mailboxen">

 Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:54:32 -0400 (EDT)
 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: Reminder: UNIGROUP 20-SEP-2012 (Thu): Clustered PostgreSQL Databases

 Unigroup is this Thursday...
 Please RSVP if you will be attending (if you have not already done so).



       When:  Thursday, September 20th, 2012    (*** 3rd Thursday ***)

      Where:  The Cooper Union  <>
              School of Engineering    (*** New Building ***)
              41 Cooper Square      (3rd Ave @ 7th St, bet. 6th & 7th Sts)
              East Village, Manhattan
              New York City
              Meeting Room: LL101_CS   (LL=Lower Level)
              ** Please RSVP **        (Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)

       Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
              6:30 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

       Cost:  See the Meeting+Membership Fee Schedule Below.

      Topic:  Clustered PostgreSQL Databases

    Speaker:  Mason Sharp, Co-founder and CTO,
              StormDB  <>



    Unigroup's September 2012 meeting will be a technical talk about
    the PostgreSQL Database and Database Clustering.  It will make
    a nice followup to our previous talk on Relational Database
    Management System (RDBMS) Internals.

    Unigroup's Meeting Schedule:
    20-SEP-2012: Clustered PostgreSQL Databases
    18-OCT-2012: Tentative: To-be-announced.
    15-NOV-2012: To-be-announced.



    Most Unigroup meetings are open to the public!

    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.

    Also, if you have an interest in Unigroup, be sure to receive
    Unigroup information DIRECTLY from Unigroup, via direct receipt
    of Emails and by visiting the Unigroup Web Site.  NO OTHER SOURCE
    provides timely, accurate and complete Unigroup information.

    Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
    prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
    RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

    Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
          will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
          properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
          If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
          still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
          we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
          you are "not on the list".



    Topic:  Clustered PostgreSQL Databases

    Introduction & Description of Talk:

    This talk will provide a brief overview of PostgreSQL Clustering,
    but will primarily focus on Postgres-XC, an open-source
    write-scalable, clustered database project.

    Postgres-XC (eXtensible Cluster) is a multi-master write-scalable
    PostgreSQL cluster based on shared-nothing architecture, developed
    by Postgres-XC Development Group.

    Detailed Outline:

    - Data scalability and background
    - Scaling PostgreSQL
    - Postgres-XC Overview
    - Postgres-XC Components and Architecture
    - Postgres-XC Details
    - StormDB Comparison

    References & Web Resources:

    Postgres-XC Project Page:

    Postgres-XC Wiki:


    Wikipedia Articles on Databases:


    Speaker Biography:

    Mason Sharp is co-founder and CTO of StormDB.  Mason has had a
    passion for RDBMS systems and data management since he was a
    university student.  Mason developed a parallel distributed MPP
    database system targeted towards data warehousing called ExtenDB,
    which was folded into EnterpriseDB as GridSQL in 2007.  He also
    recently helped architect Postgres-XC, a shared-nothing database
    system targeted for write scalability and which makes for one of
    the key technological underpinnings of StormDB.


    Company Biography:

    StormDB is a cloud services company based on the Jersey Shore
    in Red Bank, NJ.  We are passionate about making powerful yet
    simple to use distributed databases.  All too often developers
    need to make trade-offs to balance scalability, reliability and
    cost for their database needs, but we believe that they don't
    need to, they just haven't had the right solution yet.  StormDB's
    unique cloud utility model around a large scale relational
    database cluster gives developers the solution they really need.
    Simplicity, reliability, scalability without busting your budget.



    Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have
    been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their
    books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our
    meetings.  The publishers always ask that the persons receiving
    the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

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

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

    Note: Our supply of books is low right now, we hope to resolve
          that soon.


    Fee Schedule:

    Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
    and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
    there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
    their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
    meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

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

      * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.

      ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
        currently enrolled in classes (rather than working
        full-time), and as such, your Student ID should show
        a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
        containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
        current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
        to university facilities just does not feel right.
        If your ID contains no date, please bring
        additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

    NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
          NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.

    Members: Remember to bring your Unigroup membership card with
             you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!



    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.

    StormDB will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting!
    Thanks StormDB!



      The Cooper Union  <>
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room Changes Month-to-Month)

    Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
    new building with the non-traditional appearance.
    Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7 Street.

    Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
    Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
      directions to Unigroup (the room varies from month-to-month).

    Nearest mass transit stations are:
      '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                    then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
      'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                    then 1 block South.
      '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
      'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

    Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

    There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
      Astor Place (8th Street).


    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 regular meeting location.

    Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
      9/20/2012, 10/18/2012 ??, 11/15/2012, 01/17/2013, 03/21/2013, ...
    Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
    facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

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    Please Email the Board with any suggestions, especially potential
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    organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
    can help!


 -Rob Weiner
  Unigroup Executive Director
  unilist (-a_t-)

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