TUG Executive Series to coincide with TEC 2010

TUG starts its Executive Series…..
oriented at LOB and execs of our member firms, coincident with TEC2010.
Seating is restricted to Company or IT executives and mangement. 

TUG Executive Series: Commercial Open Source for the Enterprise
Tue, April 27th, 2010 – Toronto Ontario. Seating is limited register now
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Commercial Open Source for the Enterpriseregister 
Tuesday April 27th, 2010

LOCATION: Schulich School of Business
Private Dining Room, Executive Learning Centre
4700 Keele Street,  (56 Fine Arts Road)
Toronto, ON   M3J 1P3

Registration & Breakfast:   7:15 am – 8:30 am
Session with Larry Augustin:  8:30 am – 10:00 am

Running your business in a tight and competitive economy, you understand that your approach to enterprise applications can be critical to the future of the organization. Using Open Source, often in combination with Cloud Computing, promises dramatic cost savings and increase in flexibility and responsiveness to business needs. Our session explores the maturation of open source for commercial purposes and the steady increase in its value; and proposes Enterprise Open Source as a “safe bet” at the dawn of 2010.

A 2008 Forrester Research survey recorded that 58% of IT execs use open source for mission critical applications, 79% within their applications infrastructure. While cost advantage is obvious, fully 80% cite factors other than cost such as open standards support, avoidance of vendor lock-in, ease of integration.  

Join me and special guest Speaker Larry Augustin as we explore Commercial Open Source and use of Open Source in enterprise including cost and risk benefit comparison to proprietary software. We’ll share perspectives and ideas and offer practical guidance .  


Larry Augustin
CEO, SugarCRM  

Larry is an Open Source pioneer, “angel investor”, and advisor to early stage technology companies from Cupertino California. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM.  

One of the group who coined the term “Open Source”, he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide. Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000.  

From 2002 to 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners. In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX) serving as CEO until August 2002. While CEO he launched SourceForge.net and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.  

Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  

Key areas of discussion include:  

  • A brief overview of Commercial Open Source and its benefits;
  • Application Quality;
  • Cloud Computing and Open Source;
  • Strategies to dramatically lower costs and break vendor lock;
  • Where to start in assessing and mitigating risk associated with Commercial Open Source.

Join your peers to share innovation, ideas, challenges and experiences, and get insight from market makers..  

To confirm your attendance to this event, please click here. Admission is $50 (FREE to qualified IT executives and invited guests). Remember, seating is limited, so don’t delay. I hope to see you there.  

Best regards,  

Mark Buchner  

Mark Buchner
Executive Director
Toronto Users Group for Power Systems  


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TEC Announcements from Feb 17 “Unleash the Power of Innovation” Event at IBM Canada Lab

Whether you were a TUG member or just interested in IBM Power Systems and Software, our special meeting: Unleash the Power Of Innovation, was the place to be on Feb 17.

On behalf of the TUG group I’d like to thank Karen Hunt, Linda Cole, George Farr,  and Kathy Gregson, along with a big team of IBMers,  for helping to make it possible. It’s a very exciting event because… well …….we sure need a spark in the midst of the WEAK economy … and IBM gave us just that in the form of POWER 7.  It positively affects the entire system, software and solution ecosystem.

We had two special guests, flown in from the US, to support the event which was, yes, a LIVE event … not a virtual one. 

Hayden Lindsay, VP of Rational and Danny Mace helped us understand how to Power our Innovation with Rational Software.

Chuck Wallace, from Rochester Minnesota detailed the POWER 7 announcement.

After learning about all the fantastic new possibilities, what do you do next?

Here’s what I would recommend:

  • Learn more about technologies: Increase your technical vitality and your value to your employer
  • Identify ways to apply these skills in your business, to solve real problems, and help to “Make this a smarter planet”.
  • Network with peers and community.

At TUG we made it easy for you to do all that. It’s TEC2010!

TEC 2010 is the annual Technical Education Conference for IBM Systems users, organized by the Toronto Users Group for Power Systems.  

TEC is being conducted this year in a brand new format, at Seneca @ York, which promises far greater variety and subjects of interest than in previous years, as well as opportunity for far more hands-on learning experiences and greater interaction with industry peers.

 Don’t be confused about where this is… it’s at the York University Campus… in the Stephen E. Quinlan (SEQ) Building,  Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building as well as Schulich School of Business, Canada’s Top MBA program at the Keele Campus.

One the biggest benefits is the scalability we have,  and deep enablement with hands-on labs. Seneca @ York (which operates in the SEQ building) is part of the IBM Power Academic Initiative, with directors Linda Grigoleit in Rochester, and Russ Pangborn, Professor at Seneca. Russ, who serves on the board of the Toronto User Group, also  teaches a full IBM curriculum and enables integration with large-scale technology infrastructure and IBM Power Systems.  Both these individuals deserve extra credit.

We picked important themes to match what we believe and hear our members want. Two of them, we will get a good taste for later today, and three others I want to highlight right now.

TUGPOWER7MOM This is a link to the PowerPoint slides.


You expect deeper dives into the latest POWER7 HW and Software announcements, and we will deliver. Ian Jarman is coming as rep for IBM STG with Keynote and detailed sessions. Greg Hintermeister and others are coming to detail Systems Director and other STG software.

The new and exciting news is that we have a really strong AIX line-up. I went to the POWER 7 champions meeting in Austin Texas, where 400 top WW AIX technical professionals were assembled.  I went there with a mission.. I wanted to find, meet and invite whoever is the “Frank Soltis” of AIX, TEC. I found him. He was so obviously skilled, uniquely experienced, and the  Alpha-leader of the technical community, that I accomplished my goal. So I’m thrilled now to report that Dr. Joel Tendler, a Unix, POWER, RS/6000 pioneer and community leader from Austin Texas, has accepted our invitation.

Tell your UNIX and AIX brethren. ..Even if you aren’t an AIX user today.. this may make you think about it in the future.


AD- Rational

All the AD topics we hear about these days—by attending TEC 2010, you’ll gain a much better understanding of how they work. We have full tracks detailing AD tools and Rational Software. If you are a developer, you must come to TEC 2010.

Commercial Open  Source: PHP,SugarCRM

Whenever I poll our users, PHP and open source consistently come up.  PHP has been one of the most popular topics in the history of TUG.  So, the TEC committee members didn’t fool around, but went  straight to the source. Look now.. the author of PHP and co –founder of Zend, Zeev Surkaski, will be our TEC keynote speaker and spend time in technical labs, showcasing his product. So if you are teed up to learn PHP, initiate or finish projects… I can’t think of a better investment of your time.

Then there is Larry Augustin.

I got to know Larry Augustin over the past year. He is a Silicon Valley-based “angel investor” and advisor to early-stage technology companies.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of at least 9 companies:  Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM.  Previously, he was a Director of JBoss (acquired by Red Hat Software), XenSource (acquired by Citrix), SourceForge (NASDAQ: LNUX, previously VA Linux) and Linux International (LI).  He also serves as a Director of the non-profit industry consortium, The Linux Foundation.  One of the group who coined the term “Open Source”, he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide.  Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000 after he took VALinux public.

Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 

Larry’s themes for TEC 2010 involve the Commercialization of Open Source. As a techie, you will want to catch him as conference keynote. If you are executive, why not join Larry for an exclusive private executive breakfast?  Commercial Open Source, such as SugarCRM, is a big trend for this next decade.

Mobile Development- BlackBerry

It started back with our famous RIM Meeting of Members last Spring, which drew an overflow audience, and since then, I noted that the market’s thirst for information regarding mobile enablement of applications seems insatiable. I went to RIM “Devcon” in November and was influenced by the buzz, the sheer momentum of people and skills. That’s where we met up with Shawn Derby from Kryos, the vendor which is also endorsed and mentioned by John DeRoos  at our RIM membership meeting. Kryos is now a major, PLATINUM sponsor of TEC 2010, and together we have a full track of related sessions helping you understand why and how to get mobile applications. Extending back-office applications to the mobile platform as a way to further extend the ROI on smartphone investments & further improve productivity. We’ll focus on showing you how you can extend your existing Systems apps to the BlackBerry.


Modernization is a continuous theme for POWER systems users. Automating application enhancements; recovering design; sprucing up legacy databases;, regenerating Java code, are all included topics. Databorough is a vital part of our TEC plans, as well as a Gold level sponsor. Your existing investments  in application software are invaluable to your business. Don’t throw them out. Instead, leverage and harvest the valuable business logic you already have as you apply modern technology.

Plus, for the first time in Canada, we’ll hear (from IBM) about “Smart Business”, and their plans and value propositions, from on-site cloud or appliance-based computing , for small & medium-sized businesses.

We have plenty other “regular” sessions, that long time TEC attendees have come to love and expect.  Key leaders in the field and consultants, such as Mel Beckman, Jon Paris, and Susan Gantner, will expertly cover timely topics of interest to IBM i users and developers.


We want to engage in “TEC talk” with you. There are special “early bird” rates available. As a non-profit organization, we’ve done everything  we can to keep our costs down, and I done think this results in incomparable value. If you are anywhere in the GTA, the cost of this is just a fraction of the cost of airfare to Florida, Vegas or other typical meeting spots.

Finally, we are organizing Exec sessions, because company executives may not be interested in 2 days of technical conferencing. Special invitations are being mailed.

Thanks or following our blog..

Huge News: Dr. Joel Tendler to conduct AIX Sessions at TEC 2010

I just received confirmation that Dr. Joel M. Tendler, Executive I/T Architect, CSC Account Team — UNIX Architect has received the OK from IBM to attend our TEC 2010 and conducting
key sessions.

I met Joel at the recent POWER7 Champions meet in Austin and Joel, is, in fact, champion of champions and an internationally recognized UNIX and AIX “guru”. This should make TEC2010 irresistable to AIX user community.

Dr. Joel Tendler is currently an Executive IT Architect.  He transitioned to this position in the Fall of 2006 after spending 33 years in the IBM development laboratories.  Immediately prior to this assignment, Joel was responsible for IBM’s future RISC Systems Strategy in STG.  Previously, he was one of the lead POWER4 and POWER5 architects, receiving IBM awards for his contributions to both POWER4 and POWER5 systems.  He has also held positions as the performance manager for IBM’s mainframe division, the VM design manager and the CMS development manager, a key component of IBM’s virtual machine product, now called zVM, among other positions. Joel is a member of the IEEE and holds several patents in the area of computer systems architecture.  Joel has a B.E. degree from The Cooper Union and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.


IBM POWER7 Event at Ontario Science Center- Summary

Under the auspices of the cryptic name “Perspectives on the Future of IT”,  IBM invited customer and partners around the GTA to the major POWER 7 announcement Tuesday Feb 9th at the Ontario Science Center. It was certainly good to see such a large crowd and packed house, well over 250 were in attendance. They must have all been able to decipher the code and know this was a big deal!!

A sure sign of recessionary times could easily have been that every presenter wore a dark suit, as did the majority of the audience.  Everyone was hoping and expecting IBM to show leadership by helping to drive technology and innovation into the dull market and create value for customers and partners alike. The session did not disappoint.

IBM’s continued, sustained investment in POWER technology architecture has put POWER7 about 2 full cycles ahead of Sun Microsystems and HP (translation: its 4-8 times better performance than their best). Customers and partners alike, wondering what to do with the colossal amount of processing power available need to think about the “Smarter Planet” theme. The “green” continent amongst us can be reassured that enormous energy saving that do the same work with 70% less energy.

Host of the event was Bruce Ross, GM of IBM Canada. Thanks Bruce! Bruce summarized the announcements and whet attendees appetite for more information.

Steve Sibley, VP STG IBM Canada walked through Smarter Planet thematic. Smarter Planet pushes us corporate citizens and earth inhabitants to think hard about how we can deploy new technology to make the world a better place. Three things have brought this about:

The world is becoming instrumented. By 2010, there will be a billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent. The world is becoming interconnected. With a trillion networked things—cars, roadways, pipelines, appliances, pharmaceuticals and even livestock—the amount of information created by those interactions grows exponentially. All things are becoming intelligent. Algorithms and powerful systems can analyze and turn those mountains of data into actual decisions and actions that make the world work better.

The applicability of this is global and local and cross industry. Canadian Government, traffic management, healthcare and transportation problems and potential solutions were illustrated and discussed.

Ray Williams, IBM Systems Advocate switched on the technology talk. He touted key technological features of the IBM platform including: Workload optimizing systems, virtualization without limits, management with automation and energy optimization.

It made me think that with POWER 7, you could finally operate AIX as if it were a mainframe. Yep, I mean you can now run all sorts of heterogeneous workloads at the same time in single AIX instance(WPARS), or dynamically across heterogeneous systems as (DLPARS), move apps from system to system while active (Live Partition Mobility) and basically do anything you wish to it (add, cede, share, pool) all with full workload isolation, workload management. To top it off, IBM brings Mainframe class clustering from Parallel Sysplex and build it into Clustered DB technology as in DB2PureScale. The net result: ability to optimize your systems resources, scale up or out as you need and maintain highest levels of service with lowest energy use.

The systems themselves are impressive. Blades and Enterprise systems were not announced, but what was includes:

  • IBM Power® 780, a new category of scalable, high-end servers, based on a unique IBM 19” rack with a an advanced modular design with up to 64 POWER7 cores and the new TurboCore™ workload optimizing mode. Think if it as a dressed up 770.
  • IBM Power 770 is  a midrange system with up to 64 POWER7 cores, featuring higher performance per core and using up to 70 percent less energy for the same number of cores as the IBM Power 570.
  • IBM Power 755 is  a high-performance computing cluster node with 32 POWER7 cores, Energy Star qualified for energy efficiency, and optimized for challenging analytic workloads: the type of stuff associated with Smarter Planet Intelligence!
  • IBM Power 750 Express is an Energy Star qualified business server for mid-market clients. The Power 750 Express is a 1- to 4-socket server using POWER7 6-core and 8-core processor options running at 3.0 GHz, 3.3 GHz or 3.55 GHz.

Those wanting to know more about Application Development were left with the thought that IBM has finally introduced consistent development environment and optimized compilers for i, AIX and Linux through Rational. But those who want details will definitely have to come to the TUG/IBM session at the Lab on Feb 17th

Bob Blainey, Director from IBM SWG SW talked about IBN SWG exploitation of IBM POWER7. To me, this was very interesting. Bob discussed how IBM software has always been system agnostic… so it shouldn’t matter if you run it on Intel, Sun, POWER (in theory). But with the advent of POWER7 a radical change happened, most notably at WebSphere, DB2 and Lotus. What you need to consider is the dramatic increase in the number of threads supported by he new architecture (4 way SMT per core, 32 threads per chip) so you need middleware that will automatically spawns threads to take advantage of the SMP architecture available if you really want to scale. The work to go to 32 threads and beyond shows up in the form of linear scalability in performance benchmarks… and something that is unmatched on other systems!  

Andreas Hofer, SAP Inc commented on the advantages of using DB2 for SAP installs. Many of those benefits stemming from close cooperation between IBM and SAP (including SAP employees working at IBM Canada Lab) as well as exploitation of POWER7 features!

Nigel Fortledge, VP IT Gat HY International, took a customer perspective and discussed how Power systems helps GHY tackle their challenges and problems every day. Notable to me was when Nigel mentioned that to him, HA means dual redundant systems with HA/DR software whereas to his management it meant having the system you got stay up 24X7! Pressure… Nigel’s company pioneered with consolidation, virtualization and  utilization with their POWER systems and hve been leaders in exploiting Open Source for commercial environments. Now he is keen on social networking and marketing enabled with Web2.0. Yep, that’ll help make a smarter planet and eat up that processing capability on those 8-core sockets!

IBM users love to hear from their peers so Nigel has a personal invitation from the TUG to come to TEC 2010 to share GHY experiences with our group.

In summary, the most valuable part of the session was IBM’s effort in bringing our community together… in person!! It was much appreciated. In our climate of non-stop webinars, teleconferences, wikis, you tube videos, it’s refreshing to be with your peers and be able to absorb new ideas and announcement in the flesh. How great to see so many of your peers with common interests in the same place. Readers would keep that in mind the next time a “real” event comes to town, such as our IBM-TUG MoM on Feb 17th. Technical vitality, networking and ability to absorb important new news is much better done in person. And so, the “elegant wine reception” as IBM advertised it, was one of the most valuable features.

Early Bird Pricing extended to Feb 28

TEC 2010 Early Bird Rates


(Payment received by February 28, 2010)


TUG Member: $545 Non-Member: $645

Power 7 Roundup

I was at the Power 7 Champions pre-briefing in Austin Tx Jan 11th week and, now that its official, have the following to report for you. I’ll focus on HW in this blog entry, and cover software as we move forward.



2010 will be a year when major computer systems vendors trot out the newest 8 core per socket computer chips and tout vastly increased performance, energy profiles and workload optimization.  Presumably they will boast about how much better their chip is than the competitors while convincing installed base to upgrade in order to scale and become more energy efficient. Interestingly, far fewer vendors will legitimately remain in this race:  Sun Microsystems is an uncertain state and, HP’s “Tukwilla”, (essentially refreshed Itanium )is as doomed as the (T)itanic. This leaved two clear front runners, IBM and POWER 7 and Intel with Nehalem EX.

 IBM’s Power 7 has jaw-dropping technical specifications and compares to Power 6 in the following way:

 POWER7 has 8 cores per chip vs 2 on POWER6. It can also run  with 6 cores or 4 cores in “turbo” mode. Turbo shuts down 4 of 8 cores and, increases the clock speed while sharing the L3 cache slicing the “pie” amongst fewer cores (more cache/core)..

  • 45nm vs 60nm technology. The POWER7 lithography size continues to shrink and takes advantage of IBM patented used Cu, SOI, eDRAM technology
  • 567mm2 vs 341mm2 size. The physical chip size is less than twice as big considering it includes 8 cores and the L3 cache.
  • eDRAM: greater density – 1/3 space of 6T SRAM, less power requirement – 1/5 standby pwer, better performance – 6:1 latency improvement for L3 access vs external, greater bandwidth- 2X on chip interconnect
  • Transistors: 1.2B vs 790M (functional equivalency of 2.7B) P6 due to efficiency of eDRAM transistor: data ratio. This resulted in savings of 1.5B transistors and enables L3 to go on chip. Furthermore eDRAM has 250X better soft error rate than DRAM provides better RAS.
  • 3.0 to 4.1 .Average clock speeds are lower, saving energy/heat while delivering equal or better per core performance
  • L2 256 KB/Core vs 4MB/core. L2 cache design is completely overhauled due to L3 on-chip. The savings in size/transistors is leveraged by L3.
  • L3 32MB on chip vs 32MB off chip L3 cache. Breakthrough both in throughput and #transistors delivers 6:1 latency improvement over external L3. Allows for dramatic reduction in required L2 cache and results in  2x bandwidth improvement
  • 4 way SMT per core vs 2-way on Power 6  results in net 32 threads/chip. This is twice threads per core and 8* threads per chip.
  • Memory controller:  100GB/s memory bandwidth 100GB/sec per chip
  • Up to 32 sockets with 360 GB/s SMP bandwidth/chip
  • LPARS 10/core: the same LPAR per ratio is maintained but upper limit is moved to 1000 LPAR per top system
  • Out of Order execution. P6 went back to in-order to save transistors but with new efficiency, Out Of Order is back in and means systems can run faster.
  • New Power Bus for GX throughput
  • 4th Gen SMP Fabric bus as distributed switch

 Net: 4X performance, t 3X performance/watt of POWER6 servers. More than doubles performance per core from POWER5 and better than POWER6 . When used in TurboCore mode: 1.5X P6 performance per chip.

 A look at the new models to be announced (Hi End and Low end to come later in the year)

 Model  750: 4u (Energy Star Compliant)

4 sockets with

    • 6 cores @ 3.3 or
    • 8 cores @ 3.0, 3.3, 3.55

Contrasted to the Model  550 it replaces:

  • 24 core (4 sockets)  vs. 8 core
  • 512 GB memory vs.  256 on 32DIMM slots
  • 8 SFF DASD (no 3.5”)


Model  755: 4u … new market – low end HPC cluster node

  • 4 socket 32 Core HPC node @ 3.3GHz Energy Star compliant
  • 2-Port infiniband 12X DDR
  • Certified with IBM HPC software stack
  • AIX , Linux (no i)

Model  770: 4u

  • Up to 4 enclosure including 2 sockets each with
    • 6 cores @ 3.55 or
    • 8 cores @ 3.1 . Energy Star compliant

Contrasted to the Model 570 it replaces, (all new design)

  • 16 core per enclosure vs 8 core per enclosure max
  • 512 GB memory vs 192
  • All PCIe

Model  780: Seems to fit in a special IBM 19” cabinet

  • Up to 4 enclosures including 2 sockets each with
    • 4 cores @ 4.1GHz TurboCore  or
    • 8 cores @ 3.8 GHz



  • PS700 – 4core single socket
  • Ps701 – 8 core single socket
  • PS702  16 core double sized


You may need to do a double take on these facts: How can the per core performance improve while clock speeds are reduced? Simply, lower latencies and twice the threads per cores.

How can the energy envelope for 8 way be similar to 2 way (up4 X efficiency?). For this, the IBM processor engineers deserve the credit. First, this is impacted by lowering the number of transistors/per c ore and second by using sensible clock speeds. If you keep in mind that the energy use increases at log scale as processors reach maximum frequency, the solution to “turn down” clock speeds in order to save power makes sense and also sets the stage for “turbo mode” which we described. Customer vying to save software licences by maximizing performance/core (Oracle) can take advantage of this feature. Customers who may pay per user (SAP) may prefer the more efficient and scalable standard mode.

How will this compare to Nehalem?

On the surface, similarities between the chips are obvious. IBM is quite afraid of this baby. It pays to point out the finer detail and big impact.

  • 2 thread vs. 4 thread per core – Highly threaded should get double performance.
  • 10-20% overheads for VMWare and other virtualization on Nehalem based on benchmark publication bare metal vs. VMWare. IBM says all their benchmark results are from virtualized systems.
  • 60% vs 80% optimal workload utilization factor vs 40-60. Expect higher utilization

Better SMP and horizontal scalability with POWER.

IBM officially says POWER7 is targeted to the following markets:

  • Accelerate Migrations from Sun, HP and other UNIX Markets (sized at $8B)
  • Consolidate workloads from Intel/Windows/Linux/Solaris to Power (sized at $30B)
  • Protect base and minimize leakage to Nehalem

My take is that the POWER processors and systems announced will have value to customers who genuinely care about performance, scalability and RAS. In other words, for a small shop looking at a low cost for a 4 u desk side server who can’t fathom needing more than  cores to run their system. Big customer may eat this stuff up but for SMB-sized… we need to keep in tune with Smart Business.

HMC Update:

Polaris is the codeword for project to  Integrate HMC & IVM Functionality with Systems Director.

All configuration, service and management capabilities provided by the HMC and IVM today will be supported natively in IBM Systems Director (with some minor exceptions). IBM System Director will be the primary platform management tool for newer hardware.

Polaris is the next generation Hardware Management Console (HMC) combining:

  • The functionality of the HMC
  • The simplicity of the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM).
  • The value-add function of Systems Director

Polaris will be delivered as a Systems Director Appliance (both Physical and Virtual). 

Polaris will support P6 and P7 hardware (including blades). The virtual implementation will be targeted to VMWare and KVM virtual image.

I sense good education and consulting opportunity to transition customers to Director.

Active Memory Expansion Model 770 780

There was plenty talk about this. It’s a way to use “spare” CPU cycles to effectively give more memory capacity to the partition using compression / decompression of the contents in true memory

Interested in more. Come to our MoM on Jan 17th at IBM Canada Lab!

Zeev Suraski, co-founder of Zend is TEC 2010 Keynote!

If you are a fan or user of PHP, TEC2010 is one conference you won’t want to miss. Not only are we featuring an entire track of PHP topics, but we have the co-author of PHP, Zend Suraski, as confirmed keynote.  In fact,  he is the  “Ze” in Zend  and the current CTO. Zeev will also be conducting labs, including details hands-on, show-and-tell of the latest Zend  products. Zeev is the third keynote speaker for TEC 2010, along with Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM and Ian Jarman, IBM’s Power Systems leader.


Zeev Suraski has been a lead contributor to PHP starting in 1997, when he and Andi Gutmans developed the foundation for PHP 3. That new version was a turning point for the language, which today powers over 20 million websites including Facebook and Yahoo! and enjoys a following of over 4 million developers. Zeev spearheaded the PHP 4 project, the version that tipped PHP to become the most popular Web development platform in the world, and later contributed to the PHP 5 project.

Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies in 1999 together with Andi Gutmans. He has led the company’s research & development teams to create the foundations for the company’s key technologies. In addition he serves as Zend’s CTO and helped forge Zend as one of the key Web solutions providers, secured four rounds of financing, and established Zend’s presence in the European market.

Zeev serves on the board of Zend Technologies and is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation. Suraski holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.