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:




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.


Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Sun VDI 3 (part 3 of 3): Usage

Finally the third (and likely final) screencast about the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3 (VDI 3). The focus this time is how you can use it, and how you can access your virtual desktops.


Again, this builds on top of part 1 and part 2 of this little screencast series.


I hope, of course, that this is useful for people. Bear in mind though of course, actual configuration and therefore usage also depends heavily on your own technical and business decisions.




Monday Apr 27, 2009

VirtualBox 2.2 now in the OpenSolaris /extra repository

Now that my everyday work laptop is a new Toshiba Tecra M10 with OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-installed and supported, and that part of my job is to use and promote VirtualBox, I wanted to make sure to have the latest version availlable of course.

Software like Sun VirtualBox is now made available through the /extra repository.

See here for information on how to subscribe to that.

VirtualBox has been made available there since version 2.1.4 (I believe), and that's what I had so far on my OpenSolaris laptop. But since recently, 2.2 is now available in that repository. I quickly wanted to make sure that the upgrade works properly, and it absolutely did. I created a few screenshots of the steps I took.

First, a printout about the OS version, the package repositories I subscribed to, and the currently installed version of VirtualBox:





Then, I opened the OpenSolaris Package Manager, pointed to the "extra" repository, and selected the packages for VirtualBox and the VirtualBox kernel module, and hit "Install/Update":





That took about a minute or so, and now I have the latest version installed:




Easy !!


Thursday Apr 16, 2009

Sun VDI 3 (part 2 of 3): Configuration

This is part 2 of a series of entries (planned are 3) about the new Sun VDI 3.

Part 1 can be found here. It might be useful to watch this one first.


Watch the screencast below to learn about how easy it is to configure LDAP integration, desktop providers, and pools of desktops in VDI 3:



Sun VDI 3 (part 1 of 3): Installation

Recently, I had the pleasure, together with my coworkers Mike and Joost, to have three machines available to install, configure, and play around with the new Sun VDI 3 (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3).


I plan to create three entries for this:

  • Sun VDI 3 (part 1 of 3): Installation
  • Sun VDI 3 (part 2 of 3): Configuration
  • Sun VDI 3 (part 3 of 3): Usage


They way installation and configuration is now implemented in VDI 3 is sweet, and very easy to do.

If you're happy and familiar with using command line, the installation is extremely easy. Still even, if you're not using command line on a Unix based system very often, it is very easy.

Plenty more informtation about VDI 3 can be found here.

See below the first screencast, focusing on the installation:





Friday Jan 23, 2009

Sun, Intel, and OpenSolaris

As we all know, Intel is quite a big contributor to the opensolaris project.

Here's a short, but great summary by our friend Dave Steward at Intel, of the things they contributed and achieved over the last couple of years !

Great job !

Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

Upgrade to the latest OpenSolaris

With the IPS issues fiex in the latest OpenSolaris 2008.11 release, it is from now on very easy to upgrade to a latest build or image.

(Note: see my other blog entry on how to upgrade from OpenSolaris 2008.05)


If you prefer using the GUI, the Package Manager, watch this:

Image Upgrade through the GUI


If you prefer using the command line, as so many of us do, watch this:




OpenSolaris 2008.11
The Open Platform for the Future
» Download Now

Upgrade from OpenSolaris 2008.05 to OpenSolaris 2008.11

UPDATE, Dec 15 2008: As some of the fixes have been integrated back into OpenSolaris 2008.05, this is even simpler now.

Please see below at Evan's comment.

UPDATE, Dec 18 2008: The screencast now also reflects the simpler method.

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To my surprise, I've come across a few blogs and comments about the new OpenSolaris 2008.11, that mentioned that it is not possible to upgrade from OpenSolaris 2008.05 to this latest version.

That's incorrect.

Although it's not as straightforward as it should be, and as it is, in fact, now (with OpenSolaris 2008.11), but it is still possible on command line, with a few simple steps.

Checkout the screencast on how to do this:

In addition, the detailed step-by-step instructions are also posted on opensolaris.org.

Happy Upgrading !



OpenSolaris 2008.11
The Open Platform for the Future
» Download Now

What's New in OpenSolaris 2008.11

I'm by no means the first person to point this out, there are in fact many great articles and blogs about this already.

However, I do want to point out two fantastic overviews from fellow Sun engineers:

One written.

One screencast.



OpenSolaris 2008.11
The Open Platform for the Future
» Download Now

Friday Sep 12, 2008

xVM Hypervisor

This week, we announced a first version of the Sun xVM Server. The replay of the live webcast can be seen here, and also checkout the just opened open source community around it at http://xvmserver.org.

This product is basically the Xen-based hypervisor on Sun Solaris, but with excellent built-in management, nearly "appliance-like".

The hypervisor itself has been available for a while, as part of OpenSolaris, or "Nevada", builds at http://opensolaris.org. More specifically, here is lots of information: http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/xen.

A Sun engineer, Simon Hayler, from Sun's UK sales organization, spent a few months here in beautiful California to become a go-to expert on usage of the xVM Hypervisor.
As part of his rotation here, he produced three great technical briefs.

Simon's blog entry about that is here.

The three documents are here, under "Technical Briefs".

Great work, Simon !

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