FireEngine (Solaris Network Performance) on sun.com!

So, in my previous post, I mentioned that there were a lot of exciting and interesting things going on and that a lot of cool things were on the horizon. Well, ch-check it out...


The front page story on sun.com is on Solaris Network Performance - featuring FireEngine!

I work with the Solaris Network Performance engineers and it's pretty exciting to see their work in the spotlight of the company's feature story. I even know the architects, Sunay Tripathi and Brutus Curtis who designed FireEngine! (I wonder if MaryMary would qualify this as a somewhat techno celeb sighting.)

And talk about excitement, take a look at these benchmark results! Solaris 10 souped up with FireEngine is kicking butt!


Solaris 10 OS with Project FireEngine Blazes Past Linux

 
Internal testing on a Sun Fire V20z server with two 2.2-GHz AMD Opteron processors and 6GB of RAM.




Check out the entire feature story - there's definitely some impressive technology coming out of the wonderful world of Solaris Network Performance!


Comments:

Another cool feature. Sun seems to be riding high on innovation. But there is something missing:

You know I saw FireEngine a long time back on Sun's site. But it didn't excite me much, reason being that there are no details on the concept. I cannot see where are you doing changes. How are you getting those kind of results? From an engineer's point of view it really becomes uninteresting.
This way, it just looks like some story for marketing. Though I am great believer in Sun's innovations, but missing details really put me down.

I hope, OpenSolaris will make it better.
-Manu

Posted by Manu Garg on November 12, 2004 at 12:50 AM PST #

Manu, This is much more than just a marketing story; this really is cool technology! The feature story provides a pretty nice overview of FireEngine. Is there something specific that you were looking for? I can pass on your question(s) to one of the engineers who worked on the project. Also, it's in the works to get the FireEngine white paper out on our public web site, I'll keep you posted. - Carol

Posted by Carol Gayo on November 12, 2004 at 07:49 AM PST #

Thank you Carol, As I said, I believe a lot in Sun's innovations. You guys really have sound engineering foundation. I do believe that FireEngine is a cool technology. I was just looking at it from an engineer's point of view. I am just curious about things like:
1. Are you bringing some new concept to Solaris TCP/IP stack?
2. Or, you are removing some existing bottlenecks to make it better.
3. Or, is it that you are just optimizing your code to the best?
There are other things like DTrace, ZFS or Zones which I can appreciate better, because they are somewhat explained in more detail. Probably I can expect similar explanation for FireEngine also in coming days :-) -Manu

Posted by Manu Garg on November 12, 2004 at 08:16 AM PST #

Manu,

In answer to your questions:

1) We are not changing on wire protocol in any way.

2) Yes, we are removing exisiting bottlenecks to make it better but the problem is (or was) harder. Most of the stacks are either simple and designed for single CPU performance or multithreaded and complex and designed for scalability. We had to come up with an architecture which performed on single CPU as well as scaled across 100s of CPUs.

Carol is creating a bigadmin page which will contain the details and white paper etc very soon. I'll also try to do some posting about details as well.

Posted by sunay tripathi on November 24, 2004 at 12:48 AM PST #

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