Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

NEW BOOK: Solaris Application Programming

Solaris Application Programming, by Sun engineer Darryl Gove, has just been published by Sun Press/Prentice Hall.

Here's the back-of-the-jacket blurb:

Solaris™ Application Programming is a comprehensive guide to optimizing the performance of applications running in your Solaris environment. From the fundamentals of system performance to using analysis and optimization tools to their fullest, this wide-ranging resource shows developers and software architects how to get the most from Solaris systems and applications.


Whether you’re new to performance analysis and optimization or an experienced developer searching for the most efficient ways to solve performance issues, this practical guide gives you the background information, tips, and techniques for developing, optimizing, and debugging applications on Solaris.


The text begins with a detailed overview of the components that affect system performance. This is followed by explanations of the many developer tools included with Solaris OS and the Sun Studio compiler, and then it takes you beyond the basics with practical, real-world examples. In addition, you will learn how to use the rich set of developer tools to identify performance problems, accurately interpret output from the tools, and choose the smartest, most efficient approach to correcting specific problems and achieving maximum system performance.


Coverage includes

  • A discussion of the chip multithreading (CMT) processors from Sun and how they change the way that developers need to think about performance
  • A detailed introduction to the performance analysis and optimization tools included with the Solaris OS and Sun Studio compiler
  • Practical examples for using the developer tools to their fullest, including informational tools, compilers, floating point optimizations, libraries and linking, performance profilers, and debuggers
  • Guidelines for interpreting tool analysis output
  • Optimization, including hardware performance counter metrics and source code optimizations
  • Techniques for improving application performance using multiple processes, or multiple threads
  • An overview of hardware and software components that affect system performance, including coverage of SPARC and x64 processors

     

    You can get it at Powells Books online (my favorite online bookstore).


     

Saturday Jun 23, 2007

Technical Articles on Performance Tuning

Here's a list of the current SDN articles dealing with tuning and optimization of applications on Solaris using Sun Studio compilers: 

Here are examples of using a compiler flag or inline assembly language with Sun Studio compilers to increase the performance of C, C++, and Fortran programs. (June 4, 2007)
 
This article describes how to profile an IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) runtime environment with the Sun Studio Performance Analysis Tools, Collector and Analyzer. (January 30, 2007)
 

The SHADE library is an emulator for SPARC hardware. The particular advantage of using SHADE is that it is possible to write an analysis tool which gathers information from the application being emulated. The SHADE library comes with some example analysis tools which track things like the number of instructions executed or the frequency that each type of instruction is executed. A more advanced analysis tool might look at cache misses that the application encounters for a given cache structure.
(September 29, 2006)

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