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August KyOSS: The Zen of Processes / The ABCs of GPUs

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Date: Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: TEK Systems, first-floor conference room, 700 N.Hurstbourne Pkwy. (Steel Technologies Bldg.)

Our program:
  • The Zen of Linux Processes (Michael Speer)
  • All about GPUs, literally and virtually (Liang Yan)

Wow, do we have a great program lined up for next Wednesday's monthly KyOSS meeting*? (A. Yes we do!!)

Michael Speer (our resident linguistic-savant) will be telling us all about Linux processes, the forgotten proletariat of our operating systems that get no credit but do all the work. Michael maintains there exists a Zen among processes. Does this account for their seeming docility? Will they soon rise up? Or are they already a secret cabal that is quietly in control of everything that happens on our PC? Come Wednesday and be among the first to find out.

Not to be outdone, Liang Yan (our resident SUSE-software-engineer-savant) will tell us all about GPUs, those little square things that have been hiding behind our CPUs for years but recently have begun to step out and assert themselves. You may remember them when they were known as "Graphics Processing Units," an unfortunate label that may account for their tragic repression for years. Happily, today they hold billions of teenage gamesters and Bitcoin miners in their clutches. (According to the Daily Kos, this was all brought about by the evil machinations of an evil consortium of evil electric utilities.) Liang will tell us just exactly what makes a GPU a GPU, how its role has evolved under Linux, and how you can now rent them by the dozen (but, more importantly, why you might ever want to do that).

Here's a draft of Liang's slides to prep with:

Yes, it's going to be another night of neural overload, all abetted by TEKSystems (who generously furnish our venue and fuel in the hope that we might someday become productive members of the workforce). Admit it, you are mysteriously drawn to our fold. You cannot stay away.

See you Wednesday*!

  • That'd be Wednesday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at TEKSystems, 700 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., L'ville.

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