San Jose Convention and Cultural Facilities
San Jose, California
(Next door to the new Tech Museum)
What is Connectathon ?
1986, Sun Microsystems sponsored the first
event, a unique forum for testing
software and hardware interoperability.
Connectathon is a network proving ground
allowing vendors to test their interoperability
solutions, with special emphasis on
and Internet protocols.
Over the years, the vendor-neutral Connectathon has attracted a large number of development engineers from all major computer systems companies and a wide variety of software vendors. All have the common goal of making heterogeneous multivendor networking a reality. Now plans are being drawn to celebrate Connectathon's 13th year.
Connectathon is an excellent opportunity for vendors to verify that their distributed computing software interoperates with a wide range of client/server implementations on different operating systems. Everything from laptops to supercomputers can be linked together under one roof, encouraging interaction among vendors, engineers and developers in a confidential atmosphere. Implementations are tested and debugged at Connectathon. There are panel discussions as well as open sessions on the latest developments in technologies and solutions by Connectathon participants.
Connectathon is a place where engineers can gather without marketing hype and can exchange ideas and information.
Now plans are being drawn to celebrate Connectathon's 13th year. At Connectathon 99 we are expanding testing to include Y2K compatibility as well as Gigabit Ethernet based on vendor interest.
What is New for 99 ?
for the thirteenth annual Connectathon in San Jose, California
are under way.
Here are some early details:
Connectathon 99 Technologies
Connectathon 99 technologies offered
for testing are listed below
along with their test coordinator and
Those with a TBD coordinator are still being considered for
testing and may be added if there is enough interest.
Note: The test suites available for download are those that were used for Connectathon `98. Some of these test suites will be updated prior to Connectathon `99. Contact the coordinator for information about the availability of updated test suites.
| NFS versions 2 and 3
& Lock Manager
|Mike Kupfer and Rob Thurlow||nfstests|
|NFS Version 4||Spencer Shepler||(no tests yet)|
|WebNFS||Agnes Jacob||Test Suite|
|Network Computers||Steve Drach|| The Open Group tests
available at Connectathon
| Service Location
|Charles Perkins||Test Suites|
|ATM||Ed Von Adelung||(no tests)|
|Gigabit Ethernet||Mohan Srinivasan||(no tests)|
|Y2K Compatibility||TBD||(no tests yet)|
|Fiber Channel||TBD||(no tests)|
Technology testing coordinators will moderate the testing processes of a specific technology. If you are interested in moderating the testing of a technology, or would simply like to see a technology listed above be included for testing, please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connectathon Network Information
Connectathon '99's network is a 10/100baseT network, with a full
complement of hubs, switches, and routers that allow any-to-any,
any-to-many, or point-to-point connections.
(For Connectathon veterans, please note we will no longer provide converter to 10base2 or AUI. Please remember to bring your own converter.)
Each drop in every booth is a home run to a large patch panel in the Network Operations Center (NOC). Design goals call for a test suite server for every six booths. Each test server contains the test suites (hence its name) for all protocols being tested. In addition, each server has a floor map that allows for ease in locating other participants.
At a minimum, RIP will be supported on the network, with DNS, NIS+, and NIS running throughout.
Diagnostic equipment will be provided to aid in protocol troubleshooting. Although not directly connected to the Internet, access to external web servers is permitted from the Connectathon network, via an ISDN line. The NOC will be staffed during regular business hours.
If you have further questions, please send e-mail to email@example.com.
Connectathon Hotel Information A limited number
of rooms are being held for Connectathon 99 registrants only
until February 17, 1999. To receive a special discounted
rate at the hotel below, just mention that you will be attending
Sun Microsystems' Connectathon and make your reservations
quickly. Rooms are being held on a first-come basis.
Crowne PlazaThe Crowne Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn) is adjacent to Parkside Hall.
Downtown San Jose
(408) 998 0400