Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Keep Austin Weird!

A few weeks ago I was in Austin for SC08. There were a number of things going on. Prior to the main event Sun organised a HPC consortium at the Airport Hilton. We managed to get a trip out to TACC, although I had to film a bunch of the presentations which meant I didn't get to view the TACC setup.

There was also a SAMQFS BOF session associated with the HPC consortium. It was really interesting to see how enthusiastic the customer base is for SAMQ. Harriet gave an overview of SAMQ 5.0 and I gave a presentation of COMSTAR and iSCSI/iSER which provides essentially a storage transport layer for SAMQ 5.0. I also had to film the event. As it turns out the tape ran out in the middle of me speaking :-/ (which I didn't notice), so I won't have to subject you to yet more video of myself.

We also had a student event that we organised at the Karma Lounge. We had a bunch of students, live music, ipods, macbooks and the occasional beverage. Much fun was had by all. Deirdre did an awesome job organising the event.


It was then on to the main event, SC08. There was a lot going on here. I spent some time walking the vendor hall, it was massive. However, I unfortunately had work to do. Dominic and I were manning the Open Storage Bar. This sounds very cool, but it really is a pub with no beer. We'd set up a demo for SAMQ 5.0 using VMWare. However, there was a lot of talk about the Unified Storage appliance with demos too. Several other folks had the VMWare image running to demo the analytics. So I presented that and talked a lot about the Hybrid Storage Pool concept and flash in general.

SC08 kept going for the rest of the week, but I had to hit the road to PASIG in Baltimore, I'll put a post up soon about what was going on there.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

LISA

So I got roped in to head down to San Diego for the LISA conference.

LISA '08

I'm going to be presenting a poster:

OpenSolaris Storage :- 10 tasks in 10 minutes or less

The poster looks like:

The pdf is also available. Essentially it is looking at some cool technologies from ZFS, COMSTAR and DTrace for storage. I've had to prepare a set of slides for this too which I'll upload too.

update: slides are here.

Monday Oct 06, 2008

OpenStorage Summit + SDC

This is a little belated, but I wanted to go over some of the cool things that happened at the conference and thank all of those folks that attended the OpenStorage Summit. The summit was a tremendous success. We had a whole variety of speakers (the presentations are available from the wiki). There's too much to cover here. Next time I hope we will get even more community speakers to participate. The caricature artist at the dinner was a lot of fun too. I'll upload mine pretty soon.

SDC was also pretty interesting, I spent almost every moment of each day listening to presentations about various technologies. The highlights for me were:


  • Andy Bechtolsheim's keynote speech on Flash and storage
  • Meeting a variety of OpenSolaris luminaries (Darren Moffat, Alan Wright, etc)
  • Meeting a variety of Linux luminaries (James Bottomley, Steven French, Andrew Tridgell, Jeremy Allison, etc)
  • Having a long conversation with Martin Petersen about BTRFS
  • (and learning BTRFS is pronounced "Butter FS")

There were lots of other things that went on too. I'll try to take some time and dive down deeper into some of these topics over the coming weeks.

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