Wednesday Sep 23, 2009
Wednesday Jun 10, 2009
By Nicholas Solter on Jun 10, 2009
I'm happy to report that the first Open HA Cluster Summit last week was a fantastic event.
The summit kicked off with Professor David Cheriton's keynote address, The Network is the Cluster (pdf link). If the audience took away only one thing from the whole summit, I hope it was the point Cheriton made up-front on the second slide, that everyone needs high availability because the alternative is unpredictability and un-dependability. We all take availability of the computer services we use for granted until those services are not there. Here's a photo of Professor Cheriton concluding his talk:
As you can see the room was full and the audience attentive (I'm in the front row on the left):
After Dr. Cheriton's address, we had a discussion featuring panelists from Aster Data Systems, Google, and Sun Microsystems and moderated by Eve Kleinknecht.
One point I took away from the discussion is that high availability isn't for the 364 days a year that everything works right. It's for the one day a year when something goes wrong. Here Thorsten Frueauf (left) and I are watching the panel:
The morning session wrapped up with my talk on a minimal and modular HA cluster for OpenSolaris (pdf link). Here I am at the podium:
Lunch featured a nice centerpiece of an OpenSolaris Bible at each table for one lucky winner from that table.
I happily signed the books for all the winners.
The event concluded with a fun "Casino Night":
First two photos by Thorsten Frueauf. All other photos by Tirthankar Das
Thursday May 07, 2009
By Nicholas Solter on May 07, 2009
I'm looking forward to the upcoming CommunityOne West conference in San Francisco at the beginning of June. This is a great event at which to learn about OpenSolaris and other FOSS software, and I'm particularly excited about the several opportunities that I'll have in which to share some information about OpenSolaris and Open HA Cluster.
The first talk, Developing on OpenSolaris will provide a tutorial on using OpenSolaris as your development platform, focusing on the features unique to OpenSolaris. This talk, at 10:50 AM, will kick off the "Developing On OpenSolaris" track.
Our second talk of the day, at 11:50 AM is titled, Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User. If you missed us at CommunityOne East, come check this one out, with revised and updated content for the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. This presentation is part of the "Managing OpenSolaris" track.
Also on Monday, the three of us will do a book signing for OpenSolaris Bible, though the time and location haven't yet been finalized.
On Tuesday, Jerry and I will be part of a “deep dive” tutorial on Deploying OpenSolaris in your Datacenter. I'll cover High Availability, including SMF, FMA, and Open HA Cluster (of course!). Jerry will cover Zones. Additional topics will include ZFS.
Attendance at CommunityOne is completely free on Monday. I'm not sure yet if the deep dive on Tuesday will also be free.
When I'm not speaking, you can probably find me in the pavilion at the Open HA Cluster booth.
I hope to see you at Moscone in June! Also, don't forget about the Open HA Cluster Summit on the preceding Sunday, May 31.
Friday Apr 17, 2009
By Nicholas Solter on Apr 17, 2009
I'm excited that Professor David Cheriton has agreed to give the keynote address at the Open HA Cluster summit on May 31. Dr. Cheriton has an impressive resume in both academia and industry, and his lecture should be quite interesting. I can testify from personal experience that Dr. Cheriton is an entertaining speaker, as I took CS244b (Distributed Systems) from him as a grad student. This was my first exposure to distributed systems, and I've been in the field ever since.
The summit is free and open to anyone. It falls on the Sunday directly before CommunityOne and JavaOne, so if you're planning to attend those conferences, come a day early and check out this one. There will be free food, and the first 10 students to arrive at the conference, bright and early at 8:45 AM, will be able to participate in a drawing for a nano-iPod. Later at the evening reception we will be giving away a Toshiba Portege laptop. You can register on the summit wiki.
Nick Solter is a software engineer and author living in Colorado.
- Leaving Sun/Oracle
- Project Colorado: A minimal and modular HA cluster for OpenSolaris
- OpenSolaris for Puppets
- Installing Open HA Cluster Screencast
- Running Open HA Cluster in VirtualBox
- OpenSolaris Bible Co-Authors Together
- Become an OpenSolaris Power User at OSCON
- Developing On OpenSolaris
- OpenSolaris Bible Makes Best-Seller List at JavaOne
- Cluster Summit Recap and Photos
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