CEC Day 1

Got into SFO Sunday evening and went straightaway to the reception at the Hilton. It's always great to see the folks that you have worked with over the years and don't get to see very often. Networking is as important as anything else at these events. If social networking is important in a Web 2.0 world, it only got that way because social networking in our day to day life is how we get stuff accomplished.

Laura Ramsey and I hosted an OpenSolaris BOF at lunchtime. We had a pretty good crowd and had short, "lightning talks" from a number of folks

  • Ienup Sung talked about Internationalization and Localization in OpenSolaris
  • Ken Drachnik talked about Glassfish
  • Jeff Savit talked about some cool stuff going on with ports of OpenSolaris to "alternative platforms." More on this as it is ready for prime time.
  • Iwan Rahabok talked about Singanix and the OpenSolaris user group in Singapore
  • Bruno Gillet talked about how he uses OpenSolaris as a tool to demonstrate new features that will appear in Solaris and how important OpenSolaris can be to Sun's engineers as a day-to-day too.

After lunch, the breakout sessions began, the real reason we come to CEC.

  • I heard Jim Mauro talk (and make himself tired in a mad dash through more slides than minutes) on Solaris POD - Performance, Observability, and Debugging - tools.
  • I saw a talk about new features in Sun Cluster 3.2 that make upgrades of not only the cluster, but also the OS and application easier and with less interruption in service.
  • I saw two good talks on ZFS. One by Detlef Drewanz and Constantin Gonzalez on how they use ZFS and some of the reliability metrics around various configurations of disks. And one by Roch Bourbonais about some of the ZFS implementation details. That one just whet my appetite for a week long deep dive into ZFS internals I hope to attend in December.

Now, it's time to start again. Andy B. is on tap today for the general session. I plan to hear Richard Elling talk about RAS for sure, but I don't know what else. Busy, Busy, Busy!!

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