Sunday May 31, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06 Performance

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.

One rather important, and interesting question is, 'how good or bad performance are we seeing in OpenSolaris' ?
Well, that is a though question to answer as there are many perspectives of performance, nonetheless there are interesting projects in the OpenSource community like the LibMicro Project that can help you analyze and compare different operating systems, or SysBench for Database performance.

Common practices include running Industry Standard Benchmarks, like those from The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation or the Transaction Processing Performance Council, or in some cases, partial components of their benchmarks.

Here's some information I got from within Sun:

Given that we didn't have much time since we got the final release of OpenSolaris 2009.06 until the launch date, we did some partial tests to analyze the performance of OpenSolaris.
Please note that these are only partial results and that official benchmark results using industry standard benchmarks will come after the launch !

For example while running SysBench OpenSolaris outperformed RHEL5 by 18% in multi-threading, while running WRF OpenSolaris 2009.06 shows 35% better memory management results over RHEL 5, another result now from MCF demonstrates 22% of Integer Arithmetics for OpenSolaris over RHEL5.

In the near future, there should be many more Benchmark results and LibMicro tests with other popular operating systems.

What's New in OpenSolaris 2009.06 ?

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.


So what's actually new in this version ?


Well, a lot. Find below two screencasts, one focusing more on what's new on the desktop and developer site, and one screencast focused more on the datacenter and deployer.


Developer / Desktop:




Datacenter / Deployer:




How to upgrade OpenSolairs 2008.11 to 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.


Of course you can get an iso or usb image directly from opensolaris.com, and many other places, but if you want to upgrade from an existing OpenSolaris 2008.11 instance, here is how you can do that:




Contribute to OpenSolaris: SourceJuicer

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.

Did you ever wonder how you can contribute code, or a ready application, to the
OpenSolaris community ?
Well, with the online tool SourceJuicer, it's fairly easy.
Check out the link, there is lot of information online, and also watch this screencast on how you can use this new tool:



Rapid Service Provisioning with Logical Domains on OpenSolaris 2009.06.

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.


One of the new features or technologies is that now, OpenSolaris can run, and is supported, on UltraSPARC machines, which of course also
includes the Sun T-Series servers, with the UltraSPARC T[1,2,2+] chips.

Why is that important ?


That means you now can configure and run Logical Domains, or LDoms, on an OpenSolaris 2009.06 machine, and use this OS as control, service, or guest domain.

Watch a short demo in the below screencast, how you can use LDoms, and underlying ZFS, to very rapidly create new guest domain, or virtual machines, and therefore application services. This demo is also shown at pod # 340 during CommunityOne and JavaOne.




Logical Domain Mobility between Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.

One of the new features or technologies is that now, OpenSolaris can run, and is supported, on UltraSPARC machines, which of course also includes the Sun T-Series servers, with the UltraSPARC T[1,2,2+] chips.

Why is that important ?

That means you now can configure and run Logical Domains, or LDoms, on an OpenSolaris 2009.06 machine, and use this OS as control, service, or guest domain.

This also means you can migrate domains (Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris 2009.06) from a machine running a Solaris 10 control domain, to machine running OpenSolaris 2009.06, and vice versa.

Watch the screencast to see this in action:



Thursday May 07, 2009

CommunityOne West 2009 - San Francisco June 1 - 3

This exiting event is getting closer and closer.

It's free, and you get very interesting keynotes and sessions, lots of technology showcases, and what looks like a great party !

And of course, that thing called OpenSolaris 2009.06.



CommunityOne West - June 1-3, 2009
Learn more about OpenSolaris at CommunityOne West.


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