I'm off to SUPerG

Soon I'll pack my bags and head off to the Sun User's Performance Group (SUPerG) conference in Washington, DC. If you've never heard of SUPerG, it is one of the most technical conferences Sun offers to the public. JavaOne is a larger and very technical conference, but the intended audiences is different. SUPerG is specifically intended for high performance and datacenter topics whereas JavaOne caters more to developers and people supporting Java infrastructure.

For various reasons, I've missed the past few SUPerG conferences, but I'm happy to be back. One of the things I enjoy most about SUPerG is that customers from all over the world can get lots of face-to-face time with the top performance specialists, hardware and software architects, and availability experts in Sun. I'm not talking about marketeers here (though they tend to lurk in the halls, too) I'm talking about real, senior engineers who take the time to write papers and discuss what they are working on with customers. This is a high signal-to-noise ratio conference.

My paper is on Availability Benchmarking, a topic which has kept me very busy over the past few months and the subject of another blog for later. After the conference, I'll post my paper so that you can read it. If you want it before then, be in Washington, DC next week and we can talk about it directly.

I hope to be able to give a day-by-day account of what I see at the conference on this blog. But be forewarned, there are three parallel tracks and I am but one attendee, so I will certainly miss some good presentations.

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