Archive for July, 2008

DTrace and the Palisades Interstate Parkway

In general, I don’t believe in drawing attention to bugs in the software of others: any significant body of software is likely to have bugs, and I think one can too easily draw overly broad inferences by looking at software through the lens of its defects (a pathology that I have previously discussed at some [...]

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm by bmc · Permalink · 4 Comments
In: Solaris

Revisiting the Intel 432

As I have discussed before, I strongly believe that to understand systems, you must understand their pathologies — systems are most instructive when they fail. Unfortunately, we in computing systems do not have a strong history of studying pathology: despite the fact that failure in our domain can be every bit as expensive (if not [...]

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm by bmc · Permalink · 5 Comments
In: Solaris