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
  • 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.

What's Changed on an OpenVMS System?

When unusual problems occur on OpenVMS that cause the system or an application to fail in a way that isn't quite understood, the first question a support person will ask (ie, those of us at PARSEC) is "what changed?"

Inevitably, the answer is almost always the same. "Nothing changed".

In today's seminar, we're going to discuss why it is that you may not be aware of something that did change on the system and then how to identify a variety of ways that may trigger the answer to the initial question.

Why don't You Know?
Files and their Dates
  Compiled Programs
Disk Space
  Actual Low Free Space
Memory Utilization
  System Memory
  Paged Memory
  Nonpaged Memory
  Process Slots
Users Leave and Accounts Disabled, breaking Batch Jobs
Queue Manager Loses Queue or Jobs
HW Failures Hidden to You (ie, HW Raid or emulators)
  SAN connectivity
  Network Errors
  Did it Run and Change Things?
  Does it Need to Run?

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MST. We link to 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 or fill out the inquiry page.

Speeds and Feeds

We hear a lot about improvements in things like storage, internet connectivity, and bus-bandwidth across newer hardware. However, it's important to understand how fast is fast? How much faster is the latest hardware compared to what you're used to? Well, we'll tackle this question comparing storage technologies such as the old MFM/RLL, older DEC storage technologies, the many types of SCSI, SATA, SAS, Fiber Channel, and even PCIe SSD storage technology. We'll discuss network speeds for modern Ethernet such as the new 2.5GBE technology, fiber speeds for SONNET, MPLS, and more. We'll use some charts to give the scale of changes over the years and help you understand where the biggest gains have been made!

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Network versus Storage Speeds and Units
2.0 Storage Bandwidth for Older Devices
  2.1 The Ancient Days, SASI, MFM/RLL
  2.2 Older SCSI Disk Drives
  2.3 MSCP Based Storage
3.0 SCSI Bandwidth
  3.1 SCSI 1 versus SCSI 2
  3.2 SCSI 2 versus SCSI 3
  3.3 SCSI 3 versus SAS
  3.4 The Incarnations of SAS
4.0 Fiber Channel Bandwidth
  4.1 The Path from One to Sixteen Gigabit
  4.2 How Gigabits Relate to Gigabytes
  4.3 Changes in Latency Figures
  4.5 NVMe over Fabrics
5.0 Network Speed Changes
  5.1 Old Networking Standards We Remember
  5.2 SONNET Speeds and Changes
  5.3 Ethernet Speeds and Changes
  5.4 IPoFC and Other Newish Interesting Network Media
6.0 Bus Standards and Bus Connections
  6.1 Old Bus Standards SBUS, GPIO, Unibus, Q-Bus, ISA, and EISA
  6.2 The PCI, PCI-X, and PCI-Express Standards
  6.3 Shared Memory Cards (Infiniband, SCI, Myrinet)

This training session is scheduled - 1:00pm MDT. We link to 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 or fill out the inquiry page.

Worry-Free Delivery

PARSEC Group uses Zoom to deliver our e-Learning to our customers. Zoom provides several options for connecting to the class.

View system requirements here.

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

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