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USB Topology

USB devices have been a mainstay of extending x86 systems for some time now. At Joyent, we used USB keys to contain our own version of iPXE to boot. As part of discussions around RFD 77 Hardware-backed per-zone crypto tokens with Alex Wilson we talked about knowing and constricting which USB devices were trusted based [...]

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 9:34 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Transceivers: The Device Between the NIC and the Network

One of the stories that has stuck with me over the years came from a support case that a former colleague, Ryan Nelson, had point on. At Joyent, we had third parties running our cloud orchestration software in their own data centers with hardware that they had acquired and assembled themselves. In this particular episode, [...]

Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:27 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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A Tale of Two LEDs

It was the brightest of LEDs, it was the darkest of LEDs, it was the age of data links, it was the age of AHCI enclosure services, … Today, I’d like to talk about two aspects of a project that I worked on a little while back under the aegis of RFD 89 Project Tiresias. [...]

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 10:44 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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CPU and PCH Temperature Sensors in illumos

A while back, I did a bit of work that I’ve been meaning to come back to and write about. The first of these are all about making it easier to see the temperature that different parts of the system are working with. In particular, I wanted to make sure that I could understand the [...]

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:44 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Turtles on the Wire: Understanding how the OS uses the Modern NIC

The modern networking card (NIC) has evolved quite a bit from the simple Ethernet cards of yesteryear. As such, the way that the operating system uses them has had to evolve in tandem. Gone are the simple 10 Mbit/s copper or (BNC) devices. Instead, 1 Gb/s is common-place in the home, 10 Gb/s rules the [...]

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 10:06 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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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 [...]

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:47 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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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 [...]

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm by rm · 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, [...]

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: [...]

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:57 am by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Userland CTF in DTrace

We at Joyent use DTrace for understanding and debugging userland applications just as often as we do for the kernel. That is part of the reason why we’ve worked on things like flamegraphs, the Node.js ustack helper, and the integration of libusdt in node module’s like restify and bunyan. I’ve just put back some work [...]

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm by rm · Permalink · Comments Closed
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