Monday Oct 01, 2012

Oracle OpenWord 2012 - Managing Storage in the Cloud

Oracle OpenWorld 2012

At Oracle OpenWorld this year attendees will get experience using the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance during the Managing Storage in the Cloud Hands-On-Lab. Using Sun ZFS Storage, we will be provisioning Oracle Enterprise Linux Virtual Machines and filesystem shares that can be used with Oracle Database. We will also be using Oracle DTrace Analytics to analyze I/O workloads and drill down to see how the storage is really being used. Hope you can join us!
Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Session ID: HOL10034
Session Title: Managing Storage in the Cloud
Speakers: Brian Haskins, Nagendran J, Paul Johnson, Karlheinz Vogel and Jim Walker
Venue and Room: Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15
Date and Times: Monday October 1 - 3:15-4:15PM, Tuesday October 2 - 5:00-6:00PM

Oracle OpenWorld Storage Sessions

Monday Dec 05, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2011 - Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance Simulator Hands-On-Lab

Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2011

Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2011 Renato Takaasi, Wagner Alonso, Igor Gomes and Pedro Rosinholi are facilitating the Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance Simulator Hands-On-Lab this year at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America. The simulator is an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual appliance and runs the same software that is used on the actual Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliances, so this lab gives attendees a great feel for how to use and maintain the storage appliances and why they are so popular. Hope you can join them.

Session Title: Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance Simulator
Venue and Room: Mezzanine - Room 2
Date and Time: Tuesday December 6, 2011 - 13:00 - 15:30

Here's a link to all the sessions this year.

Sunday Sep 25, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 - Sun ZFS 7000 DTrace Analytics

Oracle OpenWorld 2011

One of the key areas attendees will get to experience during the Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance Simulator Hands-On-Lab at Oracle OpenWorld this year is DTrace Analytics. We will show how to create serial and random I/O workloads and how to monitor storage I/O operations using DTrace Analytics. The following image shows serial write and random read operations. Notice how when you look at file offsets over time the serial write operations create a signature "stairstep" pattern, and when the workload switches to random read operations the file offsets clearly show a random "speckled" pattern. Hope you can join us!

Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Session ID: 02802
Session Title: Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance Simulator
Speakers: Brian Haskins, Philip Lawrence, Karlheinz Vogel and Jim Walker
Venue and Room: Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6
Date and Time: Date and Time: Thursday October 6, 2011 - 10:30AM PT

Oracle OpenWorld Storage Sessions

Monday Sep 19, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 - Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance Simulator Hands-On-Lab

Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Brian Haskins, Philip Lawrence, Karlheinz Vogel and myself are facilitating the Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance Simulator Hands-On-Lab this year at Oracle OpenWorld. The simulator is an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual appliance and runs the same software that is used on the actual Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliances, so this lab gives attendees a great feel for how to use and maintain the storage appliances and why they are so popular. We have over 50 lab stations. Hope you can join us.

Session ID: 02802
Session Title: Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Appliance Simulator
Venue and Room: Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6
Date and Time: Thursday October 6, 2011 - 10:30AM PT


Here's a link to all the storage sessions (Track:Storage) this year.

Friday May 15, 2009

x2270 Xeon 5500 Server Runs Cool But Is Hot!

The Sun Fire x2270 runs cool but is very hot!
I added one to the Broomfield, Colorado test farm site. Eric Saxe is running it through it's paces for the tickless project. Darrin Johnson sent four to me and we will be adding them for the tickless project. I love the 1TB drives and the great speed. I plan to get more for general use in the next couple months.


OpenSolaris Test Farm

Friday Jul 25, 2008

2008 OpenSolaris Developer Conference - Prague

The 2008 OpenSolaris Developer Conference in Prague was a great success. There were a lot of great talks and I tip my hat to Dirk Wetter, Wolfgang Stief, Martin Man and Lukas Rovensky and the other conference organizers. You really put on a great event!

I gave the OpenSolaris Testing talk. Deirdre Straughan did a great job, as usual, taping the event, so I have video and slides of the presentation. I allowed attendees to access a Sun Fire x4150 with two Intel Quad-Core Xeon processors from the OpenSolaris Test Farm. It's an excellent OpenSolaris build server platform and was a great hit at the conference. I gave people the access information at the beginning of my talk, and by the end many people will logged on to take a look. I started a nightly build of the SFW consolidation during my talk. Here's the video:



Here's a picture of Deirdre, Jim Grisanzio, Rich Brueckner, Dave Stewart and I at dinner after the second day of the conference during the boat trip up and down the Vltava river in Prague.



Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

ZFS Big Hit at 2008 St. Petersburg Tech Days

With over 3200 people in attendance, Sun Tech Days 2008 in St. Petersburg, Russia was another successful developer event, and I had the pleasure of working with my colleagues from the local Sun office. It was nice to return to St. Petersburg. I visited Leningrad in December 1988, so I noticed a lot of change. The city is definitely the Paris of the north. I gave the OpenSolaris Testing and OpenStorage for OpenSolaris presentations during OpenSolaris Day on April 4th. I gave the presentations in the main hall where the keynotes where given and had a great audience of over 150 people. Alexander Belokrylov did a great job with the demos, and I enjoyed engaging with the audience and got cheers everytime I spoke a little Russian. I have never seen better questions, and we had more questions than time after both presentations.

In addition, I supported Jim Hughes, with the ZFS demo during the Solaris Track keynote on April 3rd. Here's a picture of Jim, Kirill Nikonchuk, who setup the hardware and me the night before. We had some USB issues with a PC clone, but once we switch to a Sun Ultra 40 everything worked. This picture was taken unattended by timer from the keynote podium. Also here's a pointer to the ZFS is Smashing Baby video on YouTube.



Later in the day after the keynote, my wife Suzanne and I climbed up to the colonnade on St. Isaac's Cathedral to enjoy the view. Here's a picture of me in a Z-DAY tshirt, which highlights Halloween 2005, when zfs was first integrated into Solaris.

Monday Apr 14, 2008

Dual Boot OpenSolaris and MacOS

Paul Mitchell's blog post on dual booting a MacBook Pro pointed me in the right direction. Since then, I created this wiki page on genunix.org so we can further refine the process: OpenSolaris Dual Boot Wiki

Here is the image of what you will get at boot time on your MacBook Pro

Sunday Oct 28, 2007

OpenSolaris on Great Wall

OpenSolaris Developer Summit sweat shirt made it to the Great Wall today (on my back).

Friday Apr 06, 2007

Countries Visited

Here is a list of the countries I have visited so far: United States, Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Belgium, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, West Germany, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, East Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Soviet Union, Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Belize, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, China, Russian Federation, Czech Republic.

Thursday Dec 14, 2006

ztest - ZFS developer maintained test suite

Mike Byrne did a nice write-up on ztest at: http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/ztest.

Bill Moore also discusses ztest in his blog.

This is a "whitebox" test suite that is maintained by the ZFS developers, and is in the ON source code base on opensolaris.org.

In addition, we plan on releasing the ZFS test suite that is developed and maintained by the ZFS test team in January. Stay tuned...

Wednesday Dec 13, 2006

dtest - DTrace Test Suite

Adam Leventhal just wrote a great blog on the DTrace test suite, dtest.

The dtest webpage is at: http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/dtrace/dtest

This is one of the whitebox test suites that is being maintained by developers, and is in the ON source code base on opensolaris.org.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2005

ZFS Blast Off (A View From A Test Lead)

Testing ZFS reminds me of when I was working for IBM at NASA on the Space Shuttle Flight Software Project. There we had 10,000 people around the world testing code being produced by 100 developers. The code had to get the crew safely into orbit, keep them in orbit and get them safely back to earth, plus perform a myriad of supporting system management tasks, like monitoring oxygen levels or deploying a satellite. On top of this, the interface had to be easy for the astronauts to use. Most of the time they needed just a high level "GO" button that hid all the complexity and performed the big jobs for them, like getting them into orbit. But, when adjustments were needed, they needed clear status information, and straight forward ways to change the system to meet their specific needs. Our job was to verify it all worked, and make sure the astronauts liked the look and feel. We were dedicated to this effort, and because the technology was so interesting and advanced, it was never hard to find people willing to help us.


20 years later, enter ZFS. Instead of protecting and managing systems for a crew of astronauts, ZFS protects and manages data for everyone. The scale of the development and test groups is a little different, but the task of verifying that it all works is just as critical and the team is just as dedicated. I joined the ZFS project team and became the test lead a few months after the first prototype became available. Immediately after this a core test team was formed, and we began developing tests and updating others to work with ZFS. The test team, which is part of the OPG Engineering Operations Quality Engineering organization is tasked with organizing all aspects of ZFS testing including developing automated functional and stress tests and performing daily test runs. In addition, other areas include regression, conformance, interoperability, memory leak, documentation and internationalization testing. The core ZFS test team alone has put over 20 people years of time into verifying ZFS so far. And, because our team is spread across the world from Dublin to Beijing and points in between, tests are running all the time.


But that's only part of the story. Like the Space Shuttle Flight Software, it was easy to find people interested in testing and supporting testing ZFS everywhere. Which is good, because file system and volume management software is complex and important to everyone, and needs verification from every angle. Some of the groups within Sun involved in this effort include, Central Storage Systems Test, Solaris Pre-Integration Test, Solaris Performance Test, Performance and Availability Engineering, Solaris Standards Conformance Test, Sun Cluster Test, the Enterprise Technology Center, OPG Engineering Operations Labs, the Data Management Group, Sun-On-Sun and the Diagnostics Engineering Group. These groups combined contributed another 30 people years of effort into improving the quality of ZFS. It's amazing! ZFS is not even released officially yet and we have over 50 years of testing behind us, and this doesn't even include all the contributions made by customers in the beta test program. Thanks to everyone who has made ZFS what it is today.


There's still work to do (we engineers always want more), but ZFS is definitely ready for initial blast off!


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