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Louisville, KY /

The Zen of Processes / The ABCs of GPUs

TEK Systems 700 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy The 700 Room , Louisville, KY (map)

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

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 seemingly 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).

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*!

- John

*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.

Come and join us! We usually have between 15 and 25 Linux users, admins, and programmers show up. Good conversation and networking.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. If we don't have an announced program, feel free to come with a discussion topic or a presentation to make to us! (Or just come and join the conversation!)

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