From the track owner of the Engineer's Toolbox Track

It has been one week since the completion of my first Software Enabling Summit and I would like to take this opportunity to present my perspective of the event as the track owner of the Engineer's Toolbox track. This track was meant to help engineers in SSG enhance their technical and non-technical career paths. The track received nearly 25 submissions for 7 lecture and 3 lab slots. A lot of tough choices had to be made when selecting the talks to strike a balance between the technical and non-technical talks, between geos and groups within SSG. In the end we had about 4 non-technical and 5 technical talks.


The attendance for each of these talks had a wide range of 5 to 45. In the past, I believe the attendance had been overwhelming and part of the decrease in attendance was attributed to a large number of really good talks and the fact that there were fewer people attending from Oregon this time.


A brief highlight of the talks in this track follows:


The STL Labs by Thomas Willhalm and Nicolae Popovici catered to an advanced STL audience and required that the attendees know STL. But considering the feedback from the attendees, it seems like it might be a good idea to introduce a basic STL lab followed by the advanced STL lab, instead of repeat labs of STL. The feedback received from the more STL savvy attendees reiterated the fact that the presentation and labs were extremely well done and very useful.


Adam Lake's presentations on Time Management for AEs and Rotations generated a lot of interest from the audience. While the presentation on time management was built for an individual contributors audience, Adam, Scott and Oliver did well to address the questions from an audience of predominantly managers. Their approach of presenting a skit to deliver the message was novel and interesting. The talk on Rotations seemed like an answer to a question thrown at Elliot during the Keynotes, reiterating the fact that Rotations are alive and well within SSG and infact, through proper identification of the place and team for rotation, the benefits to SSG, Intel and AEs are significant.


The presentation on Software Quality and Processes by Lester Memmott was a crash course on various software tools and methodologies that AEs can use to ensure that they raise the bar on quality on all software written by SSG - whether it be the tools teams or the enabling teams.


Nitin Kamble's lecture and lab on Debugging Xen was to the interest of many of the engineers working on virtualization, most of them from the Arizona site. They got an opportunity to compare Xen with VMware thanks to Nitin expertise in this field.


This SES has been all about Core2Duo and the engineer's toolbox track had its representation of Core2Duo through the session by Charlie Hewett on performance comparison between Core2Duo and AMD. This talk recorded the most attendance in the track and Charlie's presentation lived up to the tough expectations of the audience.


Special thanks to Krishna Subramanian for covering for my track owner responsibilities during his talk on C++/CLI, as I had to present on another track at the same time. The C++/CLI talk was well attended and generated a lot of enthusiastic questions from the audience. Krishna did well to show examples at the end of the presentation to enrich the learning experience.


The other interesting talks in this track included a Complete Overview of the Intel Debugger by Gordon Saladino, a lab on Performance tuning of Java apps by Alexander Komarov and a Case Study of Enabling the Intel icc compiler for applications running on Mac by Christopher Lishka.


On the whole it was a great experience for me to have worked with some of the best talents in SSG in preparing, editing and presenting these talks to the wider SSG community and hope those who attended enjoyed the presentations as much as I enjoyed in preparing/reviewing them. The presentations will be posted on SolveIt in the near future. Stay tuned.


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