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Sharing details of the Michigan!/usr/group ( meeting on April 9th.....

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Subject: [Announce] Reminder: Next Meeting – April 9th, 2013
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:48:31 -0400
From: Craig Maloney <>

Just a quick reminder for folks about the next meeting on April 9th, 2013.

Be sure to click on the "I'll be there" button to let us know you'll be

We meet at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Farmington
Community Library

**Big Data**

Speaker: Sharan Kalwani

These days one cannot swing a dead cat without hitting the buzz phrase
"Big Data"! So what is all this hoopla (or Hadoop) all about really?
Many years of technology advances in processing power, cheaper storage,
faster I/O capabilities, cheaper memory chips, greater WiFi coverage,
widespread mobility have *all* contributed to a vast explosion of information in all shapes
and forms. The term "Big Data" first came into usage about 6+ years ago,
when a major database scientist wrote about a new paradigm of science
(sometimes also called the fourth pillar) - one which is based on
letting the data tell us what was really going on, as opposed to guessing up a hypothesis/theory and
then running with it. Of course, our beloved Linux platform was a key
enabler in this and the Hadoop framework, which was born from an
engineer's work, originally inspired by a couple of papers written by
Google's team. This talk will dwell on many "Big D" (pun intended!)
topics, history, what this means in technology terms and more
importantly the impact on society.

Sharan Kalwani is an HPC specialist with 20+ years of experience. Sharan
has degrees in both Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked in
IT architecture, systems deployment, software development, OS kernels,
UNIX device driver writing, networking and compilers. He has also worked
on several engineering, technical & scientific applications. Sharan has
worked with several computing vendors such as Cray Research, Silicon
Graphics Inc. (SGI), etc. He has managed several very large HPC sites
with corporate organizations such as General Motors (GM) and research
universities (KAUST). Sharan is a member of IEEE/Computer Society,
USENIX, Michigan User Group and the ACM.


We will be holding our board elections for the 2013-2014 period.
Nominations are currently open for those who would like to serve on the
board. There are six spaces available for nominations, and the term runs
through April 2014. Nominations for the board should be sent to board at by April 9th, 2013 at 6:30pm. Voting will commence at the meeting.

You must be a current paid member in order to serve on the board or vote
for the board. Please see the Membership page for details.

**Book Swap**

Bring your old and gently used books to trade and swap with other folks.
Take a book or leave a book, or do both. You don’t need to bring
anything to take something home. We’ll send out more information about
how this will work on the Discussion mailing list.
And we’ll also have our normal MUG meeting features: Jobs Looking For
People, People Looking for Jobs, news and events, and much much more.

Craig Maloney (­
"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big,
wear glasses if you need 'em." -- The Webb Wilder Credo

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