Jun 14, 2020 – SIG-Computing: VPN’s – Virtual Private Networks; SIG-Linux: Open Source Tech battles COVID-19

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

When: Sunday, Jun 14, 2020, at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Meetings will be on line until further notice.

We will be using an open source software jitsi.org. Members will receive an e mail on the day of the meeting, with complete details and instructions about how to log on to the meeting.

SIG-Computing Topic:  VPN’s – Virtual Private Networks

Presented by Jeff Marraccini  

Governments, businesses, and other organizations have used VPN clients for years to work remotely, remote control computers, and provide security over public networks like coffee-houses or even competitors. 
For the last few years, the safety and power of these solutions are now available to us as consumers!  There are many options, so we will discuss navigating the paid and free services, risks they have, and some family-friendly options.

Recently, a new VPN technology, WireGuard, has emerged and is now a native part of Linux!  WireGuard is easy to set up and use and will be discussed. We will also cover options to protect you on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Jeff Marraccini is Senior Vice President, Global IT Systems at Altair Engineering, Inc. in Troy, Michigan.  He works with a very talented global team to support VPN services and remote work technologies for 75 sites around the world.  He has been with Altair for 23 years in various IT roles.  He lives in SE Michigan and may be emailed at marraccinijd@semco.org

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Jun 14, 2020 at 1:30 P.M.

Where: Meetings will be on line until further notice.

SIG-Linux Topic: Open Source Technology battles COVID-19

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

This talk will highlight two major areas, out of many fronts, which are being used to help fight the virus:

  •     Open Source Low cost ventilator Design
  •     Use of Linux based HPC and open source Machine Learning/AI to figure out, track and learn about this new virus

From health professionals and protective equipment to tests and ventilators, the COVID-19 pandemic is stretching our finite healthcare resources dangerously thin. As a result, this unprecedented test of our healthcare system is forcing us to be agile and adaptable. One of the weapons we have in our arsenal is open source technology.

Other growing areas of technology will also be briefly discussed, time permitting.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Jun 14, 2020, at 3:00 P.M.

Where: Meetings will be on line until further notice.

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