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Masters Education Program

PARSEC’s Masters Education Program (MEP) isn't your typical online technical seminar.

What if each month you could be a part of a seminar that is geared towards creating best practices for legacy and state-of-art systems with topics such as OpenVMS Crash-Dump Analysis or IP Filtering on UNIX? Would it impress your boss if you learned new methods to ensure current relevance and utility for your company? Would it elevate your job performance, or help you solve a vexing problem? If so, save your seat now in PARSEC's next MEP!

Every month you will learn information inspired by actual case studies that you can apply on-the-spot. We pack technical and practical material into a comfortable 2 hour online session that tops off with ample time for Q&A and valued feedback. Bonus! You get exclusive access to download our extensive documentation at the time of each seminar. Here's a sample list of some of our past seminars:

  • Road Trip! VMS Bootcamp 2016 Conference Report
  • Bare-Metal System Recovery
  • Cleaning Out the Cruft on OpenVMS
  • Systemd and Other Major Changes in Redhat Linux 7
  • Monitoring OpenVMS with Open-Source SNMP Tools
  • Turning Ruby Scripts into Commands
  • OpenVMS Performance Tools
  • IP Filtering on Unix

As a perk of being a much appreciated PARSEC support customer, each session is free. If your company is not yet benefiting from PARSEC’s support, you can join any MEP for a modest cost per person. Furthermore, if you sign up for a telephone support contract with us, within 30 days of attending the MEP, we will credit the seminar cost to your support invoice. For as long as you’re a support customer, you will not only enjoy the peace of mind in knowing you’re support needs are covered, but future seminars will be free as well.


Tour of Modern Hardware Upgrades for VAX, Alpha and Itanium

At PARSEC we have a large number of customers who use legacy hardware. We see folks upgrading or migrating to new devices or systems all the time. We also have a very large lab and are constantly looking for ways to push our older systems to do more. As a result, we do a fair amount of tinkering in-house also. Join us for this MEP session as we cover the most common hardware upgrades geared toward both improving system speed and overall stability. Modern developments in hardware have given us some great options, especially in the last five years.

  • Introduction   
    • Legacy Hardware is Still in Production   
    • Upgrading for Performance   
    • Upgrading for Stability & Longevity
  • Hardware in the Wild   
    • Common VAX Configurations   
    • Common Alpha Configurations   
    • Common Integrity Configurations   
    • Other Interesting & Related Platforms
  • System Upgrades   
    • CPU Upgrades   
    • RAM Upgrades   
    • A Warning on Emulation
  • Storage Upgrades   
    • Large SCSI Disks   
    • The SCSI2SD   
    • The Acard ARS-2001U   
    • Other Acard Upgrades   
    • Legacy MSA Upgrades   
    • The SAN Upgrade Path   
    • RAM Drives and RAM Disks
  • Network Upgrades   
    • Getting to Gigabit   
    • Common Problems
  • Other Upgrades   
    • Video Cards   
    • USB Devices   
    • Floppy Emulation Devices   
    • Power Supplies & Cases   
    • Mezzazine Enclosures

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MDT. We link to www.worldtimeserver.com to convert to your local time. Note that this is planned as a 2 hour presentation to provide sufficient time to cover all of the topics. To register or to ask any questions, please contact us via e-mail to experts@parsec.com or fill out the inquiry page.


Ruby Computing with Really Big Numbers

The purpose of this session is to create an appreciation, both practical and aesthetic, for computing with truly large, huge numbers, using the Ruby programming language's powerful numeric processing capabilities as a tool for demonstration.

We will examine, evaluate and demonstrate Ruby's numeric processing capabilities, and demonstrate how to bring these capabilities to VMS to over-come DCL's 32-bit integer arithmetic limitations.

The session is aimed at software developers, programmers and system administrators who would like to know more about Ruby for numeric processing, and who want to evaluate Ruby in their own businesses and operations.

  • Introduction - motivation: why do this?
    • A History of Counting
    • Removing the Limits from Counting
  • Ruby Bignums
    • Writing Bignum Programs
    • Further Ruby Developments
  • More Practical Applications
    • Astronomy
    • Information Security
    • Quora.com
    • Ruby and OpenVMS
  • Resources
  • Qestions and Answers

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MDT. We link to www.worldtimeserver.com to convert to your local time. Note that this is planned as a 2 hour presentation to provide sufficient time to cover all of the topics. To register or to ask any questions, please contact us via e-mail to experts@parsec.com or fill out the inquiry page.


Using ZFS Features

The Zettabyte file system or ZFS as it's commonly known is a filesystem originally invented at Sun for Solaris, but has been ported to open source Solaris projects (like Illumos), FreeBSD, and Linux. In this MEP we will explore ZFS's features, especially it's advanced performance, data compression, deduplication, and tiering.

  • ZFS Intro
    • ZFS Features and Design
    • ZFS OS Support Matrix
  • RAID and Data Protection in ZFS
    • Checksums and Internal Protection
    • Mirroring
    • Parity-based RAID
    • Dynamic Striping
  • Using Advanced Compression
    • Choosing a Compression Algorithm
    • Deploying Deduplication
  • Employing Encryption
    • Implications of Using Encryption
    • Encryption Setup for ZFS
    • Other Encryption Options
  • Backup and Replication Operations
    • Snapshots & Clones
    • ZFS Send and Receive
  • Using Performance Features
    • The ZFS Intent Log (ZIL)
    • The ZFS L2ARC
    • Other Advanced Features

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MDT. We link to www.worldtimeserver.com to convert to your local time. Note that this is planned as a 2 hour presentation to provide sufficient time to cover all of the topics. To register or to ask any questions, please contact us via e-mail to experts@parsec.com or fill out the inquiry page.


Worry-Free Delivery

PARSEC Group uses gotomeeting.com to deliver our e-Learning to our customers. GoToMeeting provides several options for connecting to the seminar.

  • Join from the desktop app on Windows 7 - Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • Join from a web browser on Windows, Mac, Linux or Chromebook
  • Join from iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later
  • Join from Android device running Android 4.0 or later
  • Join from Windows Phone 8 or later

Audio is provided via Voice over IP (VoIP) and requires speakers, or a USB headset.