Introduction to Crash Dump Analysis for OpenVMS Alpha - Two Webinars 19 Feb 2010 
Monday, February 8, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Rob Eulenstein of the Customer Support Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado will present "Introduction to Crash Dump Analysis for OpenVMS Alpha" on Friday 19 February 2010 at two separate times, 15:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT. This webinar, with LOTS of useful information will last approximately 90 minutes. A separate webinar on the "Introduction of to Crash Dump Analysis for OpenVMS I64" will be presented on Wednesday, 24 MARCH 2010, see this page for more details.


Introduction to Crash Dump Analysis for OpenVMS Alpha

Abstract/Outline:
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Why Bugcheck The System ?????

In-Line vs Exception Related Bugchecks

Displaying The Contents Of A Virtual Address In SDA

OpenVMS STACKS

Examining The System Stack - Alpha

Summary of Fundamental Register Addressing Modes

Alpha Macro Instructions Which Affect The Stack Pointer

Building The Stack On Alpha - Lab Exercise

Example Analyses of Alpha In-Line Bugchecks

SYS$DKDRIVER INCONSTATE

How The Stack Is Built For An INVEXCEPTN Bugcheck - Detailed Code Flow

Exception Conditions

Exception Handling On Alpha

Layout of Exception Context Area - Alpha

Example INVEXCEPTN Show Stack Output on Alpha

Example Analysis of an INVEXCEPTN Bugcheck on Alpha


Rob Eulenstein's bio:

Rob Eulenstein joined Digital Equipment Corporation in March 1987. He has spent his entire tenure with Digital/Compaq/HP supporting OpenVMS from the Customer Support Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He currently works as a consultant in Multivendor Systems Engineering which is part of GSE (Global Solutions Engineering). Rob's areas of expertise include: crash dump analysis, internals, clusters, performance, shadowing, RMS, and the file system. Rob is a member of the OpenVMS Ambassadors organization which provides a highly demanded pre-sales support function as well as an extremely important interface between customers and OpenVMS engineering. Rob holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and four children.

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This webinar is being presented with the assistance of HP Connect as part of the OpenVMS Month events. See "What to expect from OpenVMS Month" for more details and other events.

Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you at the webinars.

Bill.
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Webinar on OpenVMS messaging and queuing systems - Open Source - 18 February 2010 
Monday, February 8, 2010, 08:08 AM
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Low Latency, High Throughput, Durable, RESTful, Open, Standards, ...: What is messaging, where does it fit, what does it today?


Schedule:

February 18 17:00 GMT - 90 minutes - still waiting for
the virtual meeting room information...
check back!

Presenters:

Pieter Hintjens & Martin Sustrik from iMatix
Brett Cameron from Hewlett-Packard

Abstract:

This webinar will cover work being done in the messaging and queuing space, from general principles to current implementations. All specifications and software covered are in the open source arena; they have all been ported and are available on OpenVMS. The three main topics to be covered are:

1) 0MQ is a low-latency data center fabric

2) AMQP is an enterprise fabric

3) RestMS is a internet-scale fabric

There is overlap between each of these but they are complementary. Doing 4M messages a second or more over AMQP will probably not happen, it is too function-rich and thus heavy. However, 0MQ has no semantics for inter-broker federation, such as OpenAMQ -an AMQP implementation- has. In addition, neither 0MQ nor AMQP work on Internet scales where RESTful principles become more important than immediate performance.

Learn how messaging and queuing fit into the application integration space and how they can assist you with reliability and redundancy.

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We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!

Check back in a few days for an update on the scheduling information.

Thanks for being part of OpenVMS Month and supporting OpenVMS!


Bill.
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Networking with OpenVMS systems (aka things you always wanted to find out about networks but never got around to trying them out!) 
Sunday, February 7, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Colin Butcher of XDelta Limited, located in the United Kingdom will present "Networking with OpenVMS systems (aka things you always wanted to find out about networks but never got around to trying them out!)" as part of the OpenVMS Month webinar series on Friday, 12 February 2010 at two separate time slots - 10:00 GMT and 16:00 GMT. This webinar is approximately 90 minutes in length.

To access these sessions please follow these links:

Feb 12 10:00 GMT: Colin Butcher will present a webinar on "Networking with OpenVMS" Registration is open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/557231985.

Feb 12 16:00 GMT: Colin Butcher will present a second copy of the webinar on "Networking with OpenVMS". Registration is available at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/968614105

Level:

Basic / Intermediate

Overview:

This webinar will cover how network infrastructures work, what protocols are available with OpenVMS and guidelines on how to configure the infrastructure, protocols and interfaces for availability and performance. The intention is to provide practical advice on how to design and implement networked systems and clusters using real-world examples.

- Overview of networking and how network infrastructures work (switching, VLANs etc.)

- OpenVMS network protocols summary (SCS, TCPIP, AMDS, DECnet, LAT, MOP etc.)

- Designing high availability network infrastructures

- Using multiple network interfaces for availability and performance: LAN failover, multi-rail, failsafe IP, jumbo frames

- Trends and future directions (virtualisation, RNIC, "converged ethernet" etc.)

- Hints and tips based on practical experience

The webinar will be broken down into three parts, each roughly 30 minutes in length:

Part 1: Fundamentals of networking

Part 2: Protocols in an OpenVMS environment

Part 3: Network infrastructures, availability and performance

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Information about Colin's recent activities are available here..

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks,

Bill.
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Two webinars by Keith Parris - Achieving the Highest Possible Availability in your OpenVMS Cluster  
Friday, February 5, 2010, 08:40 PM
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I have known Keith Parris since the 1990s when I was consulting for a semiconductor manufacturer in Silicon Valley and Keith came in to evaluate some performance issues we were having. Keith was "commuting" between the San Jose area and his home base in Colorado.

Keith had worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for a while when I had met him, just as I had, and was an independent consult at the time, also. Along the way he has consulted for some very high profile customers including eBay. He still lives in Colorado and is back with "Digital", now spelled Hewlett-Packard. His expertise in systems, storage and disaster recovery is hard earned and anyone having a chance should take the time to attend one of his talks and if possible chat with him.

On Wednesday, 10 February 2010 and 11 February 2010, Keith is present two webinars. They are the same content but are spaced to help people world-wide may attend.

The webinar is entitled: "Achieving the Highest Possible Availability in your OpenVMS Cluster". The outline of the webinar is:

Is there a single point of failure hidden somewhere in your OpenVMS Cluster? Is your OpenVMS Cluster really configured for the highest possible availability? Do you know what techniques to use to minimize the impact of cluster state transitions?

This webinar provides details on potential failure sources in an OpenVMS Cluster configuration, and discusses available techniques, tools, configuration modifications and operational procedures you can use to eliminate or mitigate these risks. It will also describe how to minimize the impact of potential delays to application processing that are associated with cluster state transitions.

Attendees will learn:

* Best practices and application of the available technologies in an OpenVMS Cluster to provide maximum high availability

* Available methods of providing redundancy and resilience within an OpenVMS Cluster

* Sources of potential failures that are not commonly understood, and how to get around them

* How to minimize the impact of potential delays to application processing associated with cluster state transitions

As mentioned above webinars are at two different times:

10 February 2010 15:00 GMT: Keith Parris will present a webinar on "Achieving the Highest Possible Availability in your OpenVMS Cluster". Registration is open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/466770737.

11 February 2010 02:00 GMT: Keith Parris will present a second "copy" of the webinar on "Achieving the Highest Possible Availability in your OpenVMS Cluster". Registration open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/394479824.

Pick the time that is convenient and plan to attend.

See you there!

Keep spreading the word.

Bill.
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What to expect from OpenVMS Month 
Friday, February 5, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Since being thrown into this coordination role with the others on the "Committee" things have been moving VERY quickly with many presentations, seminars, whitepapers and webinars coming together to kick off OpenVMS Month. With the great participation we have been getting we are starting to plan on more events on a regular schedule throughout the year - more on that in a coming blog.

As of now here is just a glimpse at what is coming in the next month:

Feb 8 13:00 PST: You can watch the Intel ITANIUM 9300 “TUKWILA” LAUNCH EVENT at http://www.hp.com/go/integrity

Feb 10 15:00 GMT: Keith Parris will present a webinar on "Achieving the Highest Possible Availability in your OpenVMS Cluster". Registration is open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/466770737.

Feb 11 02:00 GMT: Keith Parris will present a second "copy" of the webinar on "Achieving the Highest Possible Availability in your OpenVMS Cluster". Registration open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/394479824.

Feb 12 10:00 GMT: Colin Butcher will present a webinar on "Networking with OpenVMS" Registration is open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/557231985.

Feb 12 16:00 GMT: Colin Butcher will present a second copy of the webinar on "Networking with OpenVMS". Registration is available at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/968614105

Feb 18 17:00 GMT: Pieter Hintjens and Martin Sustrik of iMatix and Brett Cameron from HP will present a webinar entitled, "Low Latency, High Throughput, Durable, RESTful, Open, Standards, ...: What is messaging, where does it fit, what does it today?". This webinar is about 90 minutes planned length.

Feb 22-26 in Granville, Ohio: Keith W. Hare of JCC Consulting is presenting a week long RDB DBA Seminar entitled "The Care and Feeding of Production Databases". You can get more information at http://www.jcc.com.

Feb 22: Brad McCusker will present a webinar on "OpenVMS Integrity Migrations - Real World Experiences"

Feb 23 17:00 GMT: Attunity will present a webinar on "OpenVMS - Keep It. Modernise It. Integrate It". Registration is open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/410322825

Feb 24: Barry Kierstein will present a HOW TO oriented webinar on Availability Manager

Feb 26: Nemonix will present a webinar on "Extreme Encryption devices for OpenVMS".

Mar 4 09:00-11:00 GMT: John Egolf, HP Office of OpenVMS Programs - OpenVMS Update & Roadmaps + 8.4 FT Update. This is being coordinate with Chapters, LUGs and SIGs world-wide for local events, including:

* HPUG (UK) Ltd
* HP-Connect Sweden

Mar 4 13:00-15:00 EST: John Egolf, HP Office of OpenVMS Programs - OpenVMS Update & Roadmaps + 8.4 FT Update. This is being coordinate with Chapters, LUGs and SIGs world-wide for local events, including:

* Cactus Chapter, Phoenix, AZ

As you can see a lot of activity this month. More details will appear on the VMSblog and the Connect Event Calendar over the next couple days so you can have more information about the webinars and other events. If you have any questions or which to be involved send us an email at participate@viavms.com!

Spread the word!

Thanks,

Bill.
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