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UNIX Users Association of Southern California - LA

This page is for the Los Angeles County chapter of the UNIX Users Association of Southern California. We welcome people who are interested in any and all forms of UNIX. The primary focus of the group is our monthly presentations, which are designed to hopefully improve technical knowledge, rather than be just sales-type presentations.

Membership is FREE. Just come to a meeting, and sign yourself up for the (e)mailing list!

Next Meeting, Tuesday October 15th, 7pm-9pm

Note: New Location

Location: Google Los Angeles, 340 Main Street, Venice, CA, 90291

A Working Theory of Monitoring by Caskey Dickson of Google

Note: RSVP at the LOPSA event page before Oct. 11 so that visitor badges can be printed.


For the October 2013 UUASC-LA presentation we are co-hosting the event with the League of Professional Systems Adminstrators LOPSA-LA and LinuxLA and not on the normal first Thursday of the month.

Caskey L. Dickson, Site Reliability Engineer, at Google Inc., will be discussing a monitoring implementation he has been working on.

Here's a description of the talk...

At Google we have discovered many common pitfalls and false simplifications that cause frustration and blind-spots with monitoring systems. Internally we have our own home-grown monitoring systems, but to move beyond the hit-and-miss approach to monitoring we have developed a formal model for such systems. This model is used as a framework for developing, evaluating, and evolving monitoring systems at Google that are suitable for operating at scale.

We will present our model, show how existing open source solutions fit (and don't fit!) into that model, and invite attendees to contrast it with their experiences. The goal is to encourage a larger discussion into the theory of monitoring and how current solutions can be evolved into more effective tools for operators of large systems.

Caskey Dickson is a Site Reliability Engineer/Software Engineer at Google, where he works writing and maintaining monitoring services that operate at "Google scale." In online service development since 1995, before coming to Google he was a senior developer at Symantec, wrote software for various internet startups such as CitySearch and CarsDirect, ran a consulting company, and even taught undergraduate and graduate computer science at Loyola Marymount University. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, a Masters in Systems Engineering, and an M.B.A from Loyola Marymount.


* No on-site parking, please use street parking and public lots surrounding the Google facility.

* The entrance is on the South-East corner of the building through a vehicle gate (corner of Sunset and Hampton), do not come to the main entrance, they will just send you around back.

* Google security will be at the gate entrance, state you are here for the 'LOPSA meetup' and he will admit you.

UUASC is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX, including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD. This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your skills and knowledge.

If you would like to be a speaker, or if you know someone who you think would be a legitimate speaker for us, please contact UUASC-LA Program Chairperson Jordan Schwartz

UUASC-LA is officially recognized by SAGE, the system administrators guild

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