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AUUG 98 Conference Information

AUUG98 Conference
September 14-18, 1998
Sydney Hilton Hotel,
Sydney, New South Wales,


Message from the AUUG President
Keynote Presenters
Tutorial Program
Conference Program
       Day 1 - UNIX
         Day 2 - Security
         Day 3 - Internetworking
General Information
Registration Form
Conference Sponsors


Dear Delegate,

Open systems is the common thread running through our industry. Open standards, technology, and freely available software are some of the key features that allow diverse products, applications, organizations and communities working in a wide variety of environments to cooperate in working towards common goals.

This year's programme brings you a wide variety of local and overseas speakers, giving you the chance to hear some of the well known names from overseas and people doing interesting work locally. The conference provides a place where you can meet your peers over a meal, see the latest technology in person, hear new ideas, and update your skills.

The programme contains case studies, behind the scenes views of technologies and their development, and a look at why's, wherefore's and future prospects. We look at technology and development issues. We look at free UNIX, which is definitely not just a toy for would-be hackers, but a serious business tool finding a place in many commercial situations. As soon as a technology is capable of doing something useful, there will be someone trying to twist it for their own end, so security is an essential theme which finds a place at this year's conference. Open systems is all about tying things together, so of course, another major theme has to be internetworking.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join me at the 1998 AUUG Conference and Exhibition where the strength of the open systems approach is demonstrated.

Lucy Chubb,

AUUG Inc.,



Peter Van Deventer

Peter Van Deventer is Asia Pacific Server Director of Intel.

Cameron Ferstat.

You may have participated in the Nagano Winter Olympic Games using the world record-setting Web Site. Cameron Ferstat is the architect and Web Master for the site, which set a record of 110,414 hits in a single minute and ran on IBM's RS/6000 SP. He will discuss the challenges that faced the IBM Nagano Website team and provide some insights into planning for the massive Web Site required to support the Sydney Olympics in the Year 2000.

Robert Hart

Robert Hart, is Director, Support Services, Red Hat Software Inc (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA).

Educated as an aeronautical engineer in the UK, Robert worked in thermo-fluids research at Monash University, Melbourne Australia before moving to outback Australia (the Pilbara WA) first as an academic and then as IT Manager. In 1994, Robert started using Linux, first personally and then as a server solution. In 1996 Robert started his own consulting company providing Linux based solutions in Melbourne and moved to the USA to work at Red Hat in February 1998 as part of their senior management team. Robert is also the author of parts of the Linux Documentation Project.

Ramin Marzbani

Ramin Marzbani is the Principal and founder of www.consult, Australia's leading Internet and E-Commerce research and consulting company. Prior to establishing www.consult in July 1995, Ramin worked with Internet startup I/PRO in San Francisco. Ramin had previously worked for Booz-Allen as well as IBM for 10 years, and has an MBA from the AGSM and a BE from the Univeristy of NSW.

Robert Morris

Robert Morris is the retired Chief Scientist at the National Security Agency, the US Department of Defence's arm that is in charge of signal intelligence and communications security of the United States Government.
 Mr. Morris received a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1957 and an M.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1958.

He was a member of the technical staff in the research department of Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1960 through 1986.  His work was initially in Mathematics and Engineering which gradually changed to specialization in computer science, both software and hardware.

He spent the academic year 1966-67 as Visiting Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley.

He was one of the developers of the UNIX operating system, writing all of the numerical software and most of the security-related software, including the password encryption scheme.

He did the architectural design of a very large computer designed for signal processing for the Navy (primarily Sonar).  This computer was, at the time it was designed, the largest computer in the world in processing capability.

On his retirement from Bell Laboratories in 1986, he began work at the National Security Agency as the Chief Scientist of the National Computer Security Center, primarily concerned with information security in computer systems.

From 1990 to his retirement in 1994, he was a senior advisor in the portion of NSA responsible for the protection of sensitive U.S. information from exploitation.

Mr. Morris has published about thirty research papers and has been issued two patents.

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman is the founder of the GNU project, launched in 1984 to develop the free operating system GNU (an acronym for "GNU's Not UNIX"), and thereby give computer users the freedom that most of them have lost. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small.

Today, Linux-based variants of the GNU system, based on the kernel Linux developed by Linus Torvalds, are in widespread use. There are estimated to be over 10 million users of GNU/Linux systems today.

Richard Stallman is the principal author of the GNU C Compiler, a portable optimising compiler which was designed to support diverse architectures and multiple languages. The compiler now supports over 30 different architectures and 7 programming languages. He also wrote the GNU symbolic debugger (GDB), GNU Emacs, and various other GNU programs.

Stallman received the Grace Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for 1991 for his development of the first Emacs editor in the 1970s. In 1990 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and in 1996 an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 1998 he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award along with Linus Torvalds.


Time  Monday 14 September 1998 
9.00 - 5.00 PM 

T01 - Real World Applications of Cryptography, Greg Rose

Cryptography is becoming increasingly important, and cryptographic algorithms are well understood. The problem is that actually using cryptography, either embedded in day-to-day applications, or developing new "crypto-enabled" applications, is hard. This tutorial aims to give an understanding of the capabilities of cryptographic techniques, some of the common pitfalls in their use, and some of the techniques for successfully using cryptography in applications. Examining some very useful tools which already embed cryptography provides both directly useful knowledge and good examples.

Topics include:

Historical perspective

Brief introduction to cryptographic primitives

Useful tools: PGP, SSH, Tripwire, CFS

Cryptographic toolkits: SSLeay, Cryptlib

Export regulations
9.00 - 1.00 PM 

T02 - Emacs Editing, Richard Stallman

This tutorial will explain intermediate and advanced techniques of editing with Emacs, for those who are already familiar with the basic Emacs keyboard and mouse commands.

T03 - Linux Security Administration, Robert Hart

The aim of this is to provide people who have existing UNIX knowledge with the an overview of security features of Linux (and particularly Red Hat Linux).

The tutorial covers: shadow passwords, pluggable authentication modules (PAM), /etc/securetty, using tcp_wrappers, security features of RPM (Red Hat Package Manager), Red Hat security update system, and establishing packet filter firewalls on Linux.

T04 - Making Web Pages with Interactive Content, Jan Newmarch

The tutorial covers options in how Web documents can be made to have interactive elements. This includes Forms and CGI scripts, helpers, plugins, JavaScript, VBScript, ActiveX, Java and dynamic HTML. It will contrast what can be done with each method, and at the generality of soutions. It will look at security issues, the situations in which each method can be applied, and what is involved in setting each one up.
1.30 - 5.30 PM 

T05 - Emacs Lisp Programming, Richard Stallman

This tutorial will teach intermediate and advanced Emacs Lisp programming to Emacs users who know the basics of Lisp.

T06 - Using Linux Commercially, Robert Hart

The aim of this tutorial is to look at the inherent features of Linux (specifically Red Hat Linux) and how these are well suited to the use of Linux in a business environment.

The tutorial covers:

Tying your systems together (Linux in heterogeneous networks)

Netware client/server capability, MS Windows family file and print client/server capability, Apple Macintosh server capability, and UNIX NFS and lpd services).

Built in Internet services such as Email, WWW, ftp and Usenet news.

The importance of the Open Source model

System reliability, system security, expertise requirements, and system costs.

Support options such as: documentation (books and online), mailing lists and newsgroups, and commercial support options.

Applications availabilty.

An overview of existing Linux uses

T07 - Java Performance Workshop, David Purdue

Techniques for improving the performance of systems built around the Java platform. Topics covered will include:

When to optimise.

Properties of the Java Platform.

Properties of Java Virtual Machines and JIT compilers.

Profiling techniques for Java programs.

Optimising for speed, space or maintainability.

Optimising Java I/O.

Using multithreading to improve perceived performance.

Assorted performance tips.
Time  Tuesday 15 September 1998 
9.00 - 5.00 PM 

T08 - withdrawn

T09 - FreeBSD Internals, Installation/Configuration, Greg Lehey, Independant UNIX Consultant

Installing a completely new operating system poses a number of uncertainties, even when the installation proceeds smoothly. Experience has shown that many people do not achieve the full functionality of an operating system because of these uncertainties. This whole-day tutorial addresses the following issues of installing and configuring FreeBSD, the most popular descendent of 4.4BSD ("Berkeley UNIX").

The tutorial is intended to be interactive, and participants are encouraged to submit specific questions on the subject matter to the AUUG in advance of the tutorial. Relevant questions may be selected for a more detailed coverage.

Basic installation of FreeBSD

Coexistence with other operating systems and Microsoft

Installation of XFree86

Network configuration, including PPP.

As a part of the tutorial handouts, a 4 CD-ROM set of FreeBSD 2.2.6 will also be provided to every tutorial attendee at no extra cost.
9.00 - 1.00 PM 

T10 - Basic User Interface Programming Using the AWT and JFC, Jan Newmarch

This tutorial covers the fundamentals of user interface programming for the JDK 1.1 and 1.2. It uses both the older AWT and the new Swing components of the Java Foundation Classes. The intent is to write programs that will run now and in the future.

The material covered includes: Evolution of the GUI programming toolkits, Delegation event model, Geometry management, Menus, Dialogs, Applets and applications

A basic knowledge of Java will be assumed.

T11 - Qmail, Peter Samuel

The tutorial starts with an overview of general MTA systems. A brief history of qmail, architecture, security and internals (such as maildir format vs mbox, aliases, virtualdomains, and .qmail files vs forward files) are covered. Further topics include: setting up common configurations (null client, mail host, mail gateway, host and user masquerading, virtual domains, spam), migrating from sendmail to qmail (/etc/aliases vs ~alias, .forward vs .qmail, /var/spool/mail/user vs ~/Mailbox), mailing list management with qmail (using majordomo with qmail and using qmail's ezmlm mailing list manager), and dealing with specific audience configuration issues.
1.30 - 5.30 PM 

T12 - Advanced UI Programming Using the JFC, Jan Newmarch

This tutorial covers more advanced features of the new Java Foundation Classes. It assumes a background in programming using the AWT. The material covered includes

Lightweight components

Swing components

MVC model

Customisable user interface

Drag and drop

Event management

Text handling

List handling

T13 - Concurrent Programming with Threads, Rajkumar Buyya

In multiprocessors, threads allow simultaneous use of all the available processors. In uniprocessor/multicomputer systems, threads allow effective use of system resources by exploiting opportunity for computation and communication overlap.

The tutorial covers thread models supported by POSIX, Solaris, Java, and OSF/DCE. Multithreaded hardware architectures and multithreaded operating systems with example systems will also be discussed. Multithreaded programming examples will be given. This allows one to appreciate how multithreading will benefit high performance computing. At the end of this tutorial, you should be able to evaluate the suitability of threads to your application, use the literature/documentation supplied by your vendor and start the development of multithreaded code. The tutorial is targeted at academicians, application programmers, systems and server designers, operating systems and programming environment developers.


Wednesday 16 September 1998 - UNIX

9.00 - 9.40 AM  Official Opening 
Lucy Chubb, President AUUG Inc., Frank Crawford, Conference Chair 
9.40 - 10.20 AM  GNU and Improved 
Richard Stallman, Free Sofware Foundation 
10.20 - 11.00 AM  Morning Break 
11.00 - 11.30 AM  The State of Linux 
Robert Hart, Red Hat Software 
11.30 - 12.00 PM FreeBSD
Peter Wemm, DIALIX Internet Services 
12.00 - 12.30 PM  Panel Session - Freenix, a Viable Alternative ?
Robert Hart; Peter Wemm; Anthony Rumble, Electronic Commerce Manager, Corporate Express Australia Ltd.; Jim Manning, Joint Managing Director, National Credit Insurance (Brokers) Pty Ltd; Chaired by: Andrew McRae, Cisco Systems
12.30 - 2.00 PM  Lunch & Exhibition Viewing 
101 - Technical - File Systems & Storage  102- Change Control & Management 
2.00 - 2.25 PM Storage Appliance Architecture  Scripts to Manage Change 
Alex Miroshnichenko, Veritas Software Corp.  Julie Jester, UNIX Consultant 
2.30 - 2.55 PM  The Vinum Volume Manager  Experience Using CVS for Long-Running Projects 
Greg Lehey, Independant UNIX Consultant  Peter Chubb, Softway Pty. Ltd. 
3.00 - 3.25 PM  Fibre Channel & Storage Area Networks  AutoInstall: Automating Platform Installation 
Steve Novak, StorageTek  Gordon Rowell, Independant UNIX Consultant 
3.30 - 4.15 PM  Afternoon Break & Exhibition Viewing 
4.15 - 5.00 PM  UNIX Scaling on Intel Architecture to the Merced(tm) Processor 
Peter Van Deventer, Asia Pacific Server Director, Intel. 
6.00 - 8.00 PM  Networking Reception 

 Thursday 17 September 1998 - SECURITY

9.00 - 9.40 AM  How Not To Lose Information.
Robert Morris, Chief Scientist (retired), National Security Agency.
9.40 - 10.20 AM  Panel - E-Commerce 
Chris Long, Vice President, Interworld. Aseem Prakesh, Chief Executive Officer, Interactive Knowledge On-line. Michael Paddon, Technical Director, Australian Business Access. Chair: Phil McCrea, Business Development Manager, CSIRO. 
10.20 - 11.00 AM  Morning Break & Exhibition Viewing 
201 - Security - Encryption  202 - Security - Technologies 
11.00 - 11.25 AM  A Current Perspective On Encryption Algorithms  IPsec Encryption 
Lawrie Brown, Australian Defence Force Academy  Phillip Yialeloglou. Cisco Systems 
11.30 - 11.55 AM  Issues of Trust with Public Key Certificates  Unified Authentication Using PAM 
Yinan Yang, National Library of Australia  Anthony Baxter, 
12.00 - 12.25 PM  Torn Money and the PGP Web of Trust  Mission Critical: A Review of "High-Availability" Open Systems 
Greg Rose, Qualcomm Australia  Mark White, Compaq
12.30 - 2.00 PM  Lunch & Exhibition Viewing 
203 - Network Security  204 - UNIX Architecture 
2.00 - 2.25 PM  A SESAME Linux Environment  UNIX Systems Programming Using Java 
Paul Ashley, Queensland University of Technology  Jan Newmarch, University of Canberra 
2.30 - 2.55 PM  A Comparison of SESAME and SSL  HP/UX on IA64 
Gary Gaskell, Queensland University of Technology  John Knaggs, Hewlett-Packard Australia Ltd. 
3.00 - 3.25 PM  Remote Operating System Identification  UNIX Clustering Comes of Age 
Anthony Osborne, Softway Pty. Ltd  Bruce Walker, Compaq 
3.30 - 4.15 PM  Afternoon Break & Exhibition Viewing 
4.15 - 5.00 PM  Internet Infrastructure and Competition for E-Commerce 
Ramin Marzbani, www.consult 
5.00 - 6.00 PM  AUUG Inc. - AGM 
7.00 - 11.30 PM  Conference Dinner 

 Friday 18 September 1998 - INTERNETWORKING

9.00 - 9.40 AM The Architecture of the Olympic Web Site 
Cameron Ferstat: IBM 
9.40 - 10.20 AM  Panel: NT vs UNIX, John Terpstra, Aquasoft Pty Ltd. Chair: Chris Maltby, Softway 
10.20 - 11.00 AM  Morning Break & Exhibition Viewing 
301 - Network Technologies 302 - ISOC-AU
11.00 - 11.25 AM  Optical Networking The Domain Name System: Engineering vs Economics
Harry Dutton, IBM Kate Lance, 
11.30 - 11.55 AM  Building High Volume Distributed Applications Using CORBA QoS in the Internet: Fact, Fiction or Compromise?
Saul Cunningham, BEA Systems Geoff Huston, Telstra Internet
12.00 - 12.25 PM  SAMBA  MARSHNet
John Terpstra, Aquasoft Pty. Ltd  Shaun W. Amy, CSIRO Australia
12.30 - 2.00 PM  Lunch & Exhibition Viewing 
303 - Network Management  304 - Clustering 
2.00 - 2.25 PM  Implementation of a User-Pays Library Printing System: A Case Study  Using Clustered Linux PCs For Parallel Processing 
Kay Darbyshire, Richard Jacewicz, Victoria University of Technology  Robert Hart, Red Hat Software 
2.30 - 2.55 PM   An Architecture for Remote Network Management using the RMON MIB and Programmable Agents Service Failover by Dynamic DNS Updates 
Brad Williamson, Australian Telecommunications Research Institute and the CRC for Broadband Telecommunications and Networking Peter Gray, University of Wollongong 
3.00 - 3.25 PM  Who's Sucking My Data  PARMON: Cluster Monitoring 
George Michaelson, DSTC Pty. Ltd.  Rajkumar Buyya, Queensland University of Technology 
3.30 - 4.15 PM  Afternoon Break & Exhibition Viewing 
4.15 - 5.00 PM  The War On Copying 
Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation 



Sydney Hilton

259 Pitt Street


Telephone: + 61 2 9266 2000, Facsimile: + 61 2 9265 6055


p;   By 22 Aug     After 22 Aug


Member - Half Day Tutorial.....................$200.00       $300.00
Member+ Full Day Tutorial .....................$300.00       $400.00
Non Member+ Half Day Tutorial .................$350.00       $450.00
Non Member+ Full Day Tutorial................. $450.00       $550.00


AUUG Inc., Members............................. $650.00      $750.00
Members: ISOC-AU, SAGE-AU, Uniforum NZ......... $750.00      $850.00
Non-Members.................................... $800.00      $900.00
Member Day Registration (per day).............. $250.00      $350.00
Non-Member Day Registration (per day).......... $350.00      $450.00
Student Discount(unwaged) for the Conference
on production of ID number..................... $180.00      $280.00
Networking Reception* (ADDITIONAL PERSONS ONLY) $ 45.00      $ 45.00
Conference Dinner* (ADDITIONAL PERSONS ONLY)... $ 95.00      $ 95.00

* Included in full registrations.
AUUG Inc. Membership Individuals $100.00 Corporate $390.00 Student $ 25.00


The Tutorial fee allows you to attend pre-selected sessions, receive your session notes, and morning and afternoon coffees breaks and luncheon for those attending the full day tutorials and two half day tutorials on the same day.


The full registration fee covers attendance at all sessions, the Networking Reception, morning and afternoon coffees breaks, luncheons on each day of the Conference, the Conference Dinner, the conference folder containing the conference final programme, delegate listing and a copy of the printed proceedings.


The day registration fee covers attendance at all sessions for the day nominated, morning and afternoon coffees breaks, luncheons on the day of the Conference attendance, the conference folder containing the conference final programme, delegate listing and a copy of the printed proceedings.


The Student registration fee covers attendance at all sessions for the day(s) nominated, morning and afternoon coffees, the conference folder containing the conference final programme, delegate listing and a copy of the printed proceedings.


Cancellations received in writing after 22nd August, 1998 will forfeit 50% of registration fees. No refunds will be allowed past 9th September, 1998, however substitutions will be accepted.


A number of limited group bookings have been made at the venues listed below. These rates apply to accommodation booked prior to 22nd August, 1998. Bookings made after that date are subject to availability and group rates cannot be guaranteed. All costs are subject to change without notice. As accommodation is limited at each venue, your requests will be allocated in order of receipt and according to your stated preferences.
HOTEL                  SINGLE       DOUBLE/TWIN

Hilton Sydney*****     $210.00      $210.00
Tel: + 2 9266 2000, Fax: + 2 9265 6065

Park Regis***          $110.00      $110.00
27 Park Street
Tel: + 61 2 9267 6511, Fax: + 61 2 9264 2252

YWCA Sydney**          $60.00 (Shared facilities)
8 - 11 Wentworth Avenue
Tel: + 61 2 9264 2451, Fax: + 61 2 9285 6234
To secure your booking, please include a deposit of one night with your payment for the conference. All rates are based on a per room per night basis and delegates are requested to settle their accounts on departure directly with the hotel concerned.

Please note: Any amendments or cancellations to hotel bookings are to be made with the Conference Secretariat up to and including 22nd August 1998. After that time, amendments and cancellations are to be advised to the hotel direct.


CORPORATE TRAVELLER in conjunction with Ansett Australia, official airline for the AUUG 98 Conference and Exhibition is offering Delegates travelling to Sydney a 35% discount off the flexible full adult economy class airfare, or guaranteed cheapest fare of the day on any of Australia's domestic routes.

To take advantage of this great offer just call CORPORATE TRAVELLER toll free on 1800 676 871 from anywhere in Australia, ask to speak to Jennifer Jury and quote the Conference name. Immediate faxed itinerary and free ticket delivery available. Credit Card payments welcomed.

Conditions: The Conference name must be quoted. Reservations subject to 'M' class availability. Bookings can be made at any time, yet to ensure the best deals available, bookings and full payment are recommended at least 30 days prior to departure. Payment is required within 3 days for bookings made less than 30 days prior to deaprture. Changes can be made to tickets subjects to availability.


The Conference Secretariat is located in the Lobby of the Hilton Hotel Banquet Lobby. Times for registration are as follows:

Onsite Registrations:

Monday 14 September 1998 8.00 am - 5.30 pm for Tutorials Only

Tuesday 15 September 1998 8.00 am - 2.00 pm for Tutorials Only

3.00 pm - 5.30 pm for Conference

Wednesday 16 September 1998 8.00 am - 5.30 pm

Thursday 17 September 1998 8.00 am - 5.30 pm

Friday 18 September 1998 8.00 am - 5.30 pm


Please direct all Conference and Exhibition enquiries to:

AUUG 98 Secretariat,

P.O. Box 468, Paddington, NSW, 2021.

70 Glenmore Road, Paddington, NSW, 2021.

Telephone: (02) 9332 4622 Facsimile: (02) 9332 4066


The speakers, topics and times are correct at the time of publishing and in the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Conference Committee of AUUG 98, reserves the right to alter or delete items from the Conference Programme.

Each Delegate named herein, or their later substitute, accepts that the the Conference Committee of AUUG 98, their agents, speakers, chairmen, secretariat or any other persons ("the parties)" involved in the preparation of this pamphlet or in the planning or presentation of the conference, do not accept any contractual, tortious or other form of liability for loss or damage suffered by the delegate or their later substitute relying on any statement representation advice or opinion (whether true or otherwise, written or oral) and whether due to the negligence of any of the said parties by this disclaimer of liability to exclude liability, if any, for such statement representation advice or opinion, and that the said party may rely on this disclaimer of liability in the event of any demand claim suit or action brought against any or all of them arising out of any statement representation advice or opinion. The authors have prepared this material for Professional Development purposes. Although they trust that it will be useful for this purpose, neither the authors nor the the Conference Committee of AUUG 98 can warrant that the use of this material, would be adequate to discharge the legal or professional liability of members in the conduct of their practices.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Organising Committee of AUUG 98 Conference and Exhibition gratefully acknowledges the valuable and generous contribution given towards the event by the following organisations.


Auscom Publishing Pty. Ltd.


IBM Australia Ltd.



Sun Microsystems


Exhibition network and Delegate Terminal room sponsored by Cisco Systems Australia.


Attachmate Pty Ltd

Auscom Publishing Pty Ltd



Compaq - SCO

Custom Technology

Dynamics Australasia Pty Ltd

IBM Australia Ltd

Integration Systems Pty. Ltd.

Network Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Red Hat/Compaq

StorageTek Asia South Pacific Pty Ltd.

The following REGISTRATION FORM may be printed and forwarded to AUUG 98 (see the form for the address). 

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Content: Lucy Chubb / 7-Aug-98
Revised:  Andrew McRae / 24-Aug-98