illumos day 2014

Saturday September 27th was illumos day 2014, hosted as a follow on to Surge 2014. illumos day was really quite nice and it was a good gathering of both folks who have been in the community for some time, and those who were just getting started. I was able to record the talks and so [...]

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Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:47 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Miscellaneous

illumos Overlay Networks Development Preview 02

I’m happy to announce the second development preview of my network vitalization or if you like to use buzzwords, software defined networking, for illumos. Like the previous entry, the goal of this is to give folks something to play around with and get a sense of what this looks like for a user and administrator. [...]

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Posted on September 23, 2014 at 11:58 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Networking

Tuning the OpenZFS write throttle

In previous posts I discussed the problems with the legacy ZFS write throttle that cause degraded performance and wildly variable latencies. I then presented the new OpenZFS write throttle and I/O scheduler that Matt Ahrens and I designed. In addition to solving several problems in ZFS, the new approach was designed to be easy to [...]

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Posted on August 31, 2014 at 9:16 am by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: DTrace, MattAhrens, OpenZFS, performance, tuning, ZFS

illumos Overlay Networks Development Preview 01

At Joyent I’ve been spending my time designing and building support for network virtualization in the form of protocols like VXLAN. I’ve gotten far enough along that I’m happy to announce the first SmartOS developmental preview of this work. The goal of this is to just give something for folks to play around with and [...]

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Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Lessons from a decade of blogging

I started my blog June 17, 2004, tempted by the opportunity of Sun’s blogging policy, and cajoled by Bryan Cantrill’s presentation to the Solaris Kernel Team “Guerrilla Marketing” (net: Sun has forgotten about Solaris so let’s get the word out). I was a skeptical blogger. I even resisted the contraction “blog”, insisting on calling it [...]

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 2:24 am by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Blogging, Other

Enterprise support and the term abroad

Delphix customers include top companies across a wide range of industries, most of them executing around the clock. Should a problem arise they require support from Delphix around the clock as well. To serve our customers’ needs we’ve drawn from industry best-practices while recently mixing in an unconventional approach to providing the best possible customer [...]

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Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix

Broadening node.js contributions

Several years ago, I gave a presentation on corporate open source anti-patterns. Several of my anti-patterns were clear and unequivocal (e.g., don’t announce that you’re open sourcing something without making the source code available, dummy!), but others were more complicated. One of the more nuanced anti-patterns was around copyright assignment and contributor license agreements: while [...]

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:15 am by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Uncategorized

From VP of Engineering to CTO

If you search for “cto vs. vp of engineering”, one of the top hits is a presentation that I gave with Jason Hoffman at Monki Gras 2012. Aside from some exceptionally apt clip art, the crux of our talk was that these two roles should not be thought of as caricatures (e.g. the CTO as [...]

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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:07 am by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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DLPI and the IP Fastpath

The series so far If you’re getting started you’ll want to see the previous entries on Project Bardiche: Project Bardiche: Introduction Project Bardiche: vnd Architecture Project Bardiche: Framed I/O The illumos Networking Stack This blog post is going to dive into more detail about what the ‘fastpath’ is in illumos for networking, what it means, [...]

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Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:22 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Project Bardiche: Framed I/O

The series so far If you’re getting started you’ll want to see the previous entries on Project Bardiche: Project Bardiche: Introduction Project Bardiche: vnd Architecture Background Framed I/O is a new abstraction that we’re currently experimenting with through Project Bardiche. We call this framed I/O, because the core concept is what we call a frame: [...]

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:57 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Miscellaneous