CoolTech Club with Tobias Mayer : Management by Consensus – A Manager’s Guide to Scrum

WHEN

June 7.2006

WHAT

Scrum is an agile, lightweight process that can be used to manage and control software and product development using iterative, incremental practices. Wrapping existing engineering practices, including Extreme Programming and RUP, Scrum generates the benefits of agile development with the advantages of a simple implementation. Scrum is practiced now at thousands of software companies world wide, and its adoption rate is continuing to grow.

This session provides a high-level introduction to Agile Software Development and Scrum. The first part of the talk will focus on what Agile is and where it came from. The second part looks at the Scrum methodology, which is a concrete implementation of the core Agile principles.

CoolTech Club with Matt Doar : The Role of the Toolsmith

WHEN

May 4, 2006

WHAT

What is a toolsmith, and why is a more descriptive term than "build guy". "release engineer" or "configuration specialist"? Why is it a great idea to have a dedicated toolsmith in your company or project?

Where can you find good toolsmiths anyway? These are some of the questions we will discuss, so bring your own experiences of different software development environments.

CoolTech Club with Antonio Nucci : How to build a Carrier-Grade Defense-Shield

WHEN

April 5,2006

WHAT

In this talk, Dr. Antonio Nucci, Chief Technology Officer at Narus Inc, will highlight the major shifts in the security market over the past few years, discuss the dynamics of the security threats and the emerging interest of Internet Service Providers to play a key role in this market. He will also introduce a new preventative technology based on Information Entropy, also known as Carrier-Class Defense-Shield, that will help large high-speed ISP to efficiently defend their network perimeters from the most invasive and deadly DDoS and Worms outbreaks.

CoolTech Club with Slava Imeshev : Continuous Integration: Benefits, Challenges and Best Practices

WHEN

March 2,2006

WHAT

Software is a risky business. Most of the software projects fail because they miss deadlines, cannot stay in budget, or are unable to meet the requirements. Breakage of the code base cause delays and overspending that increases risks of project failure. Continuous integration helps reduce risks of such project failures.

In this talk we'll understand importance of a software build, introduce continuous integration and benefits it provides, discuss ways to avoid challenges associated with bringing it into a software organization and give tips on how to get most from this useful practice.

CoolTech Club with Tyler Kovacs : Just Add Water: Instant Websites using Ruby on Rails

WHEN

January 25,2006

WHAT

Learn how to make a database-driven site complete with a web front-end and test framework in under 30 minutes. People can't stop talking about Ruby on Rails - a sophisticated development framework that allows you to develop scalable, web-based applications in a fraction of the time.

Come see what makes Ruby on Rails special. We'll discuss and demonstrate its features by developing a simple application during the talk.

CoolTech Club with Yuri Rabover : What you always wanted to know about Root Cause analysis but were too afraid to ask

WHEN

November 29,2005

WHAT

What are Root Cause Analysis, event correlation, data modeling and what they have in common? Review of various approaches of complex system diagnostics: rule-based systems vs codebooks - accuracy, performance, maintenance. Overview of the SMARTS technology foundation: using information modeling for diagnostic and root cause analysis. Using the SMARTS technology to implement end-to-end management across multiple technology silos.

CoolTech Club with Ilya Mironov : Attacks on hash functions: Cat 5 storm or a drizzle?

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September 15,2005

WHAT

The biggest news in cryptography since the turn of the century is a series of attacks on decade-old standardized hash function, MD5 and SHA-1. Prior to the attacks, the hash functions were used indiscriminately in a gamut of schemes, protocols, and applications.

Some applications of hash functions are still cryptographically sound, some have to go; good alternatives to hash functions in some scenarios exist but are largely unknown to developers and protocol designers.

CoolTech Club with Mark Tsimelzon : How to process one million messages per second.

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August 25,2005

WHAT

Numerous new applications arising in finance, telecommunications, network management & security, sensor networks, RFID, military, etc. require an ability to process, filter, aggregate, and correlate large numbers of messages (from thousands to hundreds of thousands per second) with very low latency (from milliseconds to seconds). These so called data stream processing application cannot rely on traditional databases, as databases were never designed for these kinds of requirements. A new class of infrastructure, data stream processing engines, has been proposed to help solve this problem. In this talk we'll discuss some data streaming applications, why they cannot rely on traditional databases, the problems arising in processing data streams, and the different approaches to solving this problem, both from academia and from the industry.

CoolTech Club with Sergei Burkov : Shopping Search - The Machine Learning Approach

WHEN

May 3,2005

WHAT

Dulance has developed an advanced shopping search solution. Based on crawling and Statistical Machine Learning algorithms, Dulance enables searching the entire web for products and deals, current and upcoming. Dulance’s “Search the Future” service allows shoppers to register their “wish-lists” and receive notifications, via RSS, when at least one merchant on the web lowers the price below a specified limit.

CoolTech Club with Yakov Kamen : Electronic Programming Guide (EPG): The Chronicle of the Great Digital TV Screen Control War

WHEN

February 24,2004

WHAT

This talk will start with an overview of a history of the "Great Digital TV Screen Control War". I will describe major industry movers, their strategies, victories and defeats. Then I will talk about EPG itself: major patents, innovative researches, and the most successful products. Couple nice demos will shown to illustrate it. At the end I will outline several possible scenarios of the market future development that will "connect" together Google TV, Microsoft MCEs, TV Guide, Tivo, cable and satellite giants, Mobile TV, and Playstation/Xbox.

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