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PhillyPUG April 2012 Meetup - Philly Tech Week

  • Apr 24, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Hi All,

Our April meeting will be held at SunGard.  This meeting will be held as part of Philly Tech Week. Our food sponsor is Pulsar Informatics. Many thanks to both companies for sponsoring this meeting.


The agenda is as follows:

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Food, networking, a word from our sponsors.

7:00 PM - 7:20 PM - "Using SimPy to Model AWS Autoscaling for Realtime Computations" by Dan Williams

7:25 PM - 8:05 PM - "Protocol Fuzzing with Sulley and Python" by Tim Gross

8:10 PM - 8:30 PM - Lightning Talks

8:31 PM - Leave for Prohibition Tap Room


More details:

In the talk "Using SimPy to Model AWS Autoscaling for Realtime Computations" Dan Williams will discuss how he used a Python discrete event simulation package to predict the performance of a planned system for doing some expensive video analysis scalably in the cloud.

Daniel Williams has been an independent consultant for over 25 years. Real time 3D graphics visualization systems, "smart" video surveillance devices and cloud-hosted web backends are some of the things he's built in Python.


Tim Gross will be talking about protocol fuzzing.  Fuzzing is a method for discovering security vulnerabilities that treats your application like a black-box and intelligently brute-forces your interfaces.  Whether you're developing a Linux daemon in C and use Python for testing or you're a web developer with a Django backend, fuzzing can give you an attacker's perspective on your code.  In this talk, Tim will cover Python tools and techniques for testing your applications and web applications, including the automated fuzzing library Sulley.

Tim Gross started coding professionally back when he was still designing buildings instead of software. Now he's a developer-sysadmin with interests ranging from automated deployment and web analytics to vulnerability testing and system hardening.


I'm really excited about this meeting for multiple reasons: We have a new sponsor in Pulsar Informatics, great topics, a new speaker we have not heard from yet (Dan), and this meeting is part of Philly Tech Week. Line up your babysitters now, because this is going to be a good one!


See you at the meetup,


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  • John W. O.

    Interesting technical content. Tip of hat to Daniel Williams for a very well delivered talk, which also happened to be a great success story for light-weight simulation and modeling. Wag of the finger to Tim Gross for blue syntax on a black background, which did not detract overly from getting good look at Sulley. "If I had it to do over, I would have used Peach." Information like this is worth the price of admission.

    April 27, 2012

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