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SCMG Meeting Richmond
November 3, 2011



Northrop Grumman IT, VITA Project
11751 Meadowville Lane, 2S-J3
Chester, VA  23836



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Time Session Presenter
8:00 - 8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00
Breakfast Sponsor (Data Kinetics) Presentation  Brian Hoare
9:00 - 10:00 Software Performance Engineering a la carte

John Yennie, Alex Syed, Matt Clements


10:00 - 11:00

Extracting Scalability and Performance Metrics from TCP Traffic (slides)

Baron Schwartz

11:00 - 12:00
Optimizing Performance and Capacity in Private and Hybrid Clouds (slides)  
Eva Tuczai
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Sponsor (OpTier) Presentation
1:00 - 2:00 100x Batch Speedup by Brute-Force Concurrency; A Case Study (slides) Bob Sneed
2:00 - 3:00 SEDS-Lite: Using Open Source Tools (R, BIRT and MySQL) to Report and Analyze Performance Data (blog, slides ) Igor Trubin
3:00 - 4:00
FEDSIM@40: Computer Performance History Lessons Jim McGalliard Jim McGalliard
4:00--4:30 Capacity and Performance Free-for-All, Concluding Remarks and Giveaways
 Led by Linwood Merritt


Baron Schwartz
Baron is the lead author of High Performance MySQL and an Oracle ACE. He is the Chief Performance Architect at Percona, an independent services provider for MySQL.

Igor Trubin
Igor started his career in 1979 as an IBM 360/370 system engineer. In 1986 he got his Ph.D. in Robotics at St. Petersburg Technical University (Russia) and then worked as a professor teaching CAD/CAM, Robotics and Computer Science for about 12 years at the same University. Igor has published about 30 papers and made several presentations for different international conferences related to the Robotics, Artificial Intelligent and Computer fields. In 1999 he moved to the US and worked at Capital One Services, Inc. in Richmond as a Capacity Planner. His first CMG paper was written and presented by him in 2001 in Reno, NV . The next one, "Global and Application Level Exception Detection System Based on MASF Technique," won a Best Paper award at US CMG 2002 and was presented again at UKCMG 2003 in Oxford , England . He has published 10 CMG papers and runs his technical blog, “System Management by Exception”.  Igor continues to enhance his exception detection methodologies. After working more than 2 years as the Capacity Management team lead for IBM, he worked for SunTrust Bank for 3 years and then returned to IBM, accepting a  Sr. IT Architect position.

Jim McGalliard
Jim McGalliard has been a project manager at GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, FEDSIM, since 1986, and has managed projects for about 40 U.S. Government agencies during that time.  He is the author of two books on U.S. Government information technology contracting and performance evaluation, plus many papers and articles; has spoken at many conferences in the U.S. and internationally; and has been called as an expert witness in legal disputes in this area.  Jim is certified as a Project Management Professional by PMI, the Project Management Institute, and earned an MBA at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

David A. Day
David Day has spent thirty-plus years working on and around IBM mainframe computers. He spent four years as an applications programmer, then served for seventeen years as a systems programmer. During the last fourteen years (and counting), Dave Day has been a software development engineer with a concentration in Assembler language programming. Thus, Dave Day has amassed a store of system-level knowledge of z/OS and DB2 internals – a lifetime of architectural knowledge and engineering background. Dave has worked in a development capacity at Candle Corporation, Programart, Neon Systems, Rocket Software and Tone Software – all highly-regarded development and marketing organizations in the mainframe software industry. During Dave’s work in programming he became aware of the concept of Event-based profiling.
Older, legacy profilers depend on periodically stopping/starting the address space in order to gather their data. We call these “State” profilers. While this technology is mature and stable, it leaves a lot of details unavailable that are of vital concern to any host organization. Dave noticed that the old “State” approach isn’t the only way to gather profile data. This information is “just there”, provided at the processor level by z/OS as part of its normal function. Now you can measure the elapsed time taken by I/O operations, SVC execution, system waits and the like. Best of all: You no longer have to affect the operation of that which you intend to measure in order to measure it!
Armed with this concept, Dave has spent the last four years designing and coding z/XPF, the Extended Profile Facility. His partnership with ColeSoft Marketing has given him access to ColeSoft’s happy customer base – users (and fanatic devotees) of the highly regarded z/XDC Assembler lan guage debugging tool. These days, Dave spends his time supporting and enhancing z/XPF for a small, but growing audience of users. z/XPF is in an exciting period of growth, and ColeSoft’s sophisticated user community is helping Dave to deliver an ever-increasing suite of capabilities. Dave Day can be reached at or via telephone at (281) 395-5570. For more information on ColeSoft’s product line, please visit,, or contact Bob Shimizu at (800) XDC-5150.

Bob Shimizu
Bob Shimizu has spent his career in and around mainframe technology. He began as an operator back in nineteen-mumble-mumble where he ran a VM-DOS/VSE system at a small membership society. During this time he read IBM manuals and became dimly acquainted with system internals. Later, Bob became a Jr. Systems Programmer at a direct-mail house, where he learned to pull Bus and Tag cables, move terminals around and watch over the Sr. Sysprog’s shoulder as he performed system installs and maintenance. Bob’s next position was as Systems Programmer for VM Software, one of the first Independent Software Vendors. During this time, Bob generated systems, configured new users and worked as “Systems Janitor” for a quickly growing company. In 1984 Bob left VM Software to try his hand at Sales. He never looked back. Bob’s background in system architecture would serve him well as he sold mainframe solutions for Empact Software and Cybermation. In 1988 Bob met Dave Cole, who had decided to take his eXtended Debugging Controllr into the marketplace as a full-fledged product. Over the next few years, Dave and Bob took orders and built the company into a small but highly regarded firm known for methodical engineering, high standards of quality control and ethical trading practices. z/XDC, as it is known today is the premier debugging solution for Assembler applications running on the z/OS platform. Just ask us, we’ll confirm it! Along the way, and in addition to being the “Salesguy”, Bob is today the product trainer, first level technical support representative, contract negotiator, marketing person, graphic artist and technical writer for portions of ColeSoft’s efforts. He is well placed to answer nearly any question about ColeSoft’s products and policies. In 2009, Dave Cole made Bob Shimizu a Partner in the enterprise. It’s a new title, but the same interesting job!Today, Bob is telling the world about z/XPF, ColeSoft’s newest solution. This exciting new technology offers a better, less invasive way to measure resource consumption in programs running under z/OS. For more information, please visit, or cal Bob directly at (800) XDC-5150. He may also be reached via e-mail at

Eva Tuczai
Eva Tuczai is a Technical Presales Engineer at OpTier, with more than a 12 year background in Systems Management solutions that span the Mainframe, Middleware, Applications and End User solutions, and includes her employment with IBM/Candle.  She has focused on J2EE and ESB management solutions for 10 years, and was on the board of the Chicago WebSphere User Group, WindySphere, for 3 years.  Eva has broadened her experience into SOA management and runtime governance, provisioning, Tivoli's IBM Service Management solutions, and now Business Transaction Management with OpTier.  Eva is ITIL certified, and has a BS in Polymer Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Optimizing Performance and Capacity in Private and Hybrid Clouds, Eva Tuczai
In public, private and hybrid cloud environments, IT has less visibility into service delivery. This makes it harder than ever to manage performance, identify problems early, and recover before SLAs are affected.  In order to cope, many IT departments are over-investing in hardware resources. Yet this undermines the ROI of the cloud.
This session will include best practices to:
·         Determine which applications are best suited for the cloud
·         Optimize service performance in and out of the cloud
·         Plan for capacity in a dynamic cloud environment
·         Realize the ROI and full benefits of cloud

Software Performance Engineering A la carte, Alex Syed, Matt Clements and John Yennie
Implementing Software Performance Engineering (SPE) principles in a componentized, service based fashion provides a path to do things the “right way” while also navigating/negotiating the time and organizational constraints of various IT organizations. This presentation will describe an approach to implementing SPE in the IT organization by creating a collection of services. Each service can be delivered independently of all others and within a relatively short timeframe. The collection of all of the services is called the SPE framework. This paper will describe each service and how each fits within the overall framework for delivering SPE in a large corporate IT organization. 


Lunch - OpTier
Breakfast - Data Kinetics