DTrace'ing at SUPerG
By jonh on Apr 15, 2005
With a spring in my step I'm off to SUPerG on monday. The "spring" here really refers to the fact that I'm really looking forward to this conference. Last year was my first SUPerG and I must say that it is probably the best conference that I have ever been to. A whole lot of really excellent Sun and external engineers come and share their insights with delegates who are genuinely interested in hearing what is being said. The people attending are not only interested but they are also interesting. I met many excellent people from all over the globe who were willing to not only listen but also share their experiences around Sun and the surrounding technologies. I learnt a whole lot and I'm looking forward to much of the same this year.
Last year Phil Harman (author of the infamous Multithreading in the Solaris Operating Environment paper) and I did a TechBrief on DTrace and we had a great time. The format 1 was one of Phil waxing lyrical about real scenarios/problems that you will encounter when dealing with systems in Data Centres whilst I create the D scripts on the fly and execute them, demonstrating how DTrace makes easy meat of all these problems. To really appreciate DTrace you've got to see it and feel it and this is what we aimed to do; slides are off the menu and smokin' keyboards and caffeine are on!
This year we aim to do the same but maybe with a few different laughs along the way. If you're coming along then I look forward to seeing you there. If you're not then try and get there next year!
1 This format was extremely well used by Messrs Cantrill and Shapiro in their "/proc-tologist" show. If they do this in a venue near you, sell your kidney if you have to but make sure you go. Great fun.