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Videos: Introduction to Parallel Programming

Someone recently ran across my list of archived technical videos, and asked if I could find the ones on parallel programming. So far I have managed to locate five of them (now in a playlist): A series of seven video modules presented by Ruud van der Pas, covering various aspects of parallel programming in C, Read More…

Someone recently ran across my list of archived technical videos, and asked if I could find the ones on parallel programming. So far I have managed to locate five of them (now in a playlist):

A series of seven video modules presented by Ruud van der Pas, covering various aspects of parallel programming in C, C++, and Fortran on multi-core and multi-processor systems.

3: Parallel Architectures

4: Parallel Programming Basics

5: Distributed Memory and MPI

6: Shared Memory, Auto Parallel, OpenMP

7: Hybrid Programming Model and What’s Next

The 3rd Annual Solaris Family Reunion

I have been meaning for some time to write a follow-up to my series about my experience of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems. This yet-to-be-written piece, titled “The Sun Diaspora”, may someday contain deep thoughts about how dispersing all that amazing Sun engineering talent may prove to have been a watershed event for the entire Read More…

I have been meaning for some time to write a follow-up to my series about my experience of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems. This yet-to-be-written piece, titled “The Sun Diaspora”, may someday contain deep thoughts about how dispersing all that amazing Sun engineering talent may prove to have been a watershed event for the entire technology industry. That history is still playing out (and probably will for decades to come), and I’m too ragged right now to write it anyway.

So… I did something better: I got some of those engineers to speak for themselves, about what they’ve been doing since Sun. The occasion was the 3rd Annual Solaris Family Reunion, held last night at Joyent (to whom we owe thanks for the pizza and beer). Here’s the rough video:

Speakers:

  • Brendan Gregg
  • Eric Schrock
  • Adam Leventhal
  • Keith Wesolowski
  • Robert Mustacchi
  • Max Bruning
  • Garrett D’Amore
  • Kevin Zimmerman
  • Bill Moore
  • Sunay Tripathi
  • Blake Jones

This was also the occasion for a get-together of a good portion of Sun’s Fishworks team:

members of Sun's Fishworks team


 

Technical Videos

Note: Most of these videos have migrated to my YouTube channel. The links below are often broken. This is an up-to-date listing of nearly 400 technical videos I have been involved in, one way or another, in the six years I’ve been working with Solaris, illumos, SmartOS, and related people, technologies, and companies. They are Read More…

Note: Most of these videos have migrated to my YouTube channel. The links below are often broken.

This is an up-to-date listing of nearly 400 technical videos I have been involved in, one way or another, in the six years I’ve been working with Solaris, illumos, SmartOS, and related people, technologies, and companies. They are listed in reverse chron order by date of the event.

Most of the links go directly to the video hosted on YouTube, some still go to a generic link for my old blip.tv channel; I’m still moving stuff over from there.

A handful of these I had nothing to do with, but I list them because they’re useful to the community.

Event: Event Date Title Video Speaker
ad hoc 2013-04 Brendan Writing a Book on Bart Link Brendan Gregg
SCaLE 2013 2013-02 Linux Systems Performance Link Brendan Gregg
CACM 2013-02 Thinking Methodically about Performance,… Link Brendan Gregg
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Building a Business on illumos Link Rod Boothby and panel
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Darwin’s Storage Link
at Joyent 2012-10 DevOps Demystified – An introduction to th Link Ben Rockwood
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 DTracing the Cloud Link
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Enhanced OS Virtualization for the Cloud Link Jerry Jelinek
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Hybrid Storage Pools: Using Disk and Fla… Link Adam Leventhal
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 illumos Day: Chris Nelson, Bayard Bell, R… Link
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 illumos Day: illumos Innovations That Will… Link Adam Leventhal
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Making the Impossible Possible: Disposab… Link Eric Sproul of OmniTI
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Running Without a ZFS Root Pool Link
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 SmartOS Operations — Ben Rockwood at Link Ben Rockwood
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 The illumos Home Data Center Link Dan McDonald of Nexenta
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 Why 4K? Link George Wilson
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 ZFS Day Panel: The State of ZFS o Link Matt Ahrens and panel
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 ZFS Day: Architecting ZFS Solutions UStream Link
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 ZFS Day: George Wilson Link
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 ZFS Day: Justin Gibbs and Will Andrews,… Link
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 ZFS Performance Analysis and Tools Link Brendan Gregg
illumos / ZFS Days 2012-10 ZFS State of the Union Link Matt Ahrens of Delphix
BayLISA 2012-08 Adding Per-Thread Caching to libumem Link Robert Mustacchi
BayLISA 2012-08 Adding Per-Thread Caching to libumem (footnote) Link Bryan Cantrill
BayLisa at Joyent 2012 2012-08 DTrace in the Non-Global Zone Link Bryan Cantrill
BayLISA 2012-08 Introduction to SmartOS Link Bryan Cantrill
BayLISA 2012-08 SmartOS ZFS Architecture Link Bill Pijewski
BayLISA 2012-08 SmartOS: An SA Primer Link Ben Rockwood
FISL, July 2012 2012-07 Corporate Open Source Anti-Patterns: Doi… HD Link Bryan Cantrill
FISL, July 2012 2012-07 Introduction to Git Link Randal Schwartz
FISL, July 2012 2012-07 Performance Analysis: The USE Method HD Link Brendan Gregg
FISL, July 2012 2012-07 Using Video to Communicate Technology HD Link Deirdré Straughan
NOSIG 2012-06 Max Bruning at NOSIG HD Link Max Bruning
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 illumos Hardware Support Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 illumos Key Technologies Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 illumos Technologies for Embedded Systems Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 Packaging in illumos Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 SVLUG Comparative Operating Systems … 1st hour Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2012 2012-05 SVLUG Comparative Operating Systems… 2nd hour Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 Virtualization and the Future of illumo Link Bryan Cantrill
SVLUG May 2,012 2012-05 Why You Need ZFS Link Bryan Cantrill
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 A Carousel of DTrace Link various
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 12 – Barriers to DTrace Adoption Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – Clang Parser for DTrace Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – Control Flow & Langua… Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – DTrace and Erlang Link Scott Fritchie
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – DTrace in node.js Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – DTrace on FreeBSD Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – DTrace on Linux Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – DTrace State of the Union Link Bryan Cantrill
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – More Visualizations Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – Setting the Agenda Link Bryan Cantrill
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – Visualizations Link Brendan Gregg
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – Visualizations, Enabling… Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012 – ZFS Provider Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012- Dynamic Translators Link
dtrace.conf 2012 2012-04 dtrace.conf 2012- User-Level CTF Link
ad hoc 2012-03 Converting Virtual Appliance Packages for Link Orlando Vazquez
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Developing for illumos – 1 HD Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Developing for illumos – 2 HD Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Developing for illumos – 3 HD Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Developing for illumos – 4 HD Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Developing for illumos – 5 HD Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Developing for illumos – 5 HD Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Experiences Starting an Open Source Ope… 1 Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Experiences Starting an Open Source Ope… 2 Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Experiences Starting an Open Source Ope… 3 Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Experiences Starting an Open Source Ope… 4 Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Experiences Starting an Open Source Ope… 4 Link Garrett D’Amore
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Performance Analysis: new tools and co 1 Link Brendan Gregg
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Performance Analysis: new tools and co 2 Link Brendan Gregg
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Performance Analysis: new tools and co 3 Link Brendan Gregg
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Performance Analysis: new tools and co 4 Link Brendan Gregg
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 Testing ZFS in illumos Link Delphix
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 The Future of LibZFS – Part 3 HD Link Matt Ahrens
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 The Future of LibZFS Part 1 HD Link Matt Ahrens
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 The Future of LibZFS, Part 2 HD Link Matt Ahrens
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor – 1 Link Robert Mustacchi
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor – 2 Link Robert Mustacchi
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor – 3 Link Robert Mustacchi
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor – 4 Link Robert Mustacchi
SCALE, Jan 2012 2012-01 Using SmartOS as a Hypervisor – 5 Link Robert Mustacchi
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 ZFS Backwards Compatibility Testing with … HD Link Delphix
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 ZFS Code Comments HD Link Bryan Cantrill
illumos user group Jan 2012 2012-01 ZFS Feature Flags – Part 1 HD Link Delphix
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 ZFS Feature Flags – Part 2 HD Link Delphix
illumos user group Jan 2,012 2012-01 ZFS Feature Flags – Part 3 HD Link Delphix
USENIX LISA 2011 2011-12 Fork Yeah! The Rise and Development of illumos Link Bryan Cantrill
USENIX LISA 2011 2011-12 The DevOps Transformation Link Ben Rockwood
ad hoc 2011-11 The DTrace Book and Solaris 11 Link Brendan Gregg
Solaris Family Reunion at Joyent, Oct 2011 2011-10 Solaris Family Reunion Link Bryan Cantrill
Surge 2011 2011-09 Building a Real-Time Cloud Analytics Service with Node.js Link Bryan Cantrill
KVM Conf 2011 2011-08 Experiences Porting KVM to SmartOS Link Bryan Cantrill
at Joyent 2011-07 Computing History with Bryan Cantrill Link Bryan Cantrill
at Joyent 2011-07 Computing History with Bryan Cantrill Part 2 Link Bryan Cantrill
at Joyent 2011-07 Visualizing Latency with Heatmaps Link Dave Pacheco
at Joyent 2011-06 Cloud Analytics Advanced Visualization Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 Cloud Analytics Basic Visualization Link Brendan Gregg
2011-06 Cloud Analytics Definitions and Context Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 Cloud Analytics Ease of Use Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 MySQL Query Latency with DTrace 1 Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 MySQL Query Latency with DTrace 2 Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 MySQL Query Latency with DTrace 3 Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 MySQL Query Latency with DTrace 4 Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-06 MySQL Query Latency with DTrace 5 Link Brendan Gregg
Velocity 2011-06 The Best of Velocity – Instrumenting the real-time web: Node.js, DTrace and the Robinson Projection Link Bryan Cantrill
illumos user group 2011-06 Illumos Meetup 1 Link various
illumos user group 2011-06 Illumos Meetup 2 Link various
illumos user group 2011-06 Illumos Meetup 3 Link various
illumos user group 2011-06 Illumos Meetup 4 Link various
illumos user group 2011-06 Illumos Meetup 5 Link various
illumos user group 2011-06 Illumos Meetup 6 Link various
at Joyent 2011-05 SmartDataCenter Performance Disk IO Throttling for Optimal Performance Link Bill Pijewski
at Joyent 2011-04 mpstat All the Fields Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-04 mpstat Digging Deeper Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-04 mpstat Key Fields Link Brendan Gregg
at Joyent 2011-04 uptime Load Averages Link Brendan Gregg
node.js Community Event March 1, 2011 2011-03 Cloud Analytics Screencast Link Bryan Cantrill, Brendan Gregg
Vancouver, Jan 2011 2011-01 SmartOS Diskless Boot Link Bryan Cantrill
USENIX LISA 2010 2010-12 Visualizations for Performance Analysis (and More) – USENIX copy Link Brendan Gregg
USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 DTrace BoF at LISA10 Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro
USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 DTrace BoF at LISA10 Part 2 Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 IPS Part 2 Link Bart Smaalders
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 IPS Part 3 Link Bart Smaalders
USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 lisa10-vijay2 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 New Security Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Deployment, 1 of 3 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Deployment, 2 of 3 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Deployment, 3 of 3 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Engineering Panel Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Engineering Panel 2 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Express: Zones, part 1 of 2 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Express: Zones, part 2 of 2 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Image Packaging System – 1 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Networking 1 of 3 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Networking 2 of 3 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Networking 3 of 3 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Packaging & Installation 1 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris 11 Packaging & Installation 2 Link
Solaris Summit at USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Solaris Cluster 3.2 1/09: RAC in Zones & Quorum Monitoring Link
USENIX LISA 2010 2010-11 Where’d BigAdmin and the Docs Go? 1 Link
USENIX LISA 2,010 2010-11 Where’d BigAdmin and the Docs Go? 2 Link
FROSUG 2010-10 Little Shop Of Performance Horrors Part 1 Link Brendan Gregg
FROSUG 2010-10 Little Shop Of Performance Horrors Part 2 Link Brendan Gregg
FROSUG 2010-10 Little Shop Of Performance Horrors Part 3 Link Brendan Gregg
Solaris Family Reunion 2010-10 Solaris Family Reunion Link Bryan Cantrill
San Francisco 2010-10 System Duty Cycle Scheduling Class Link George Wilson
San Francisco 2010-10 Triple Parity RAID-Z Link George Wilson
San Francisco 2010-10 ZFS Pool Split Link George Wilson
SURGE 2010-09 Bryan Cantrill & Brendan Gregg ~ The Real-Time Web in the Real Link Bryan Cantrill & Brendan Gregg
SURGE 2010-09 David Pacheco ~ When Node.js Goes Wrong. Link David Pacheco
OOW 2010 2010-09 How to Build Better Applications with DTra… Link Brendan Gregg
OOW 2010 2010-09 How to Build Better Applications with DTrace Link Brendan Gregg
MPK 2010-08 DTrace and ZBall HD Link Bryan Cantrill
illumos launch Aug 2010 2010-08 illumos: Forking is Healthy Link Bryan Cantrill
MPK 2010-08 Solaris History: Crystal Springs and Teleg Link Bryan Cantrill
MPK 2010-08 Solaris History: Muir Woods Conference R… Link Bryan Cantrill
MPK 2010-08 Solaris History: The Marker Game Link Bryan Cantrill
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Dead ends in multithreads application development Link Peter Karlsson
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Dead ends in multithreads application development – part 2 of 2 Link Peter Karlsson
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Developing in a Multicore World – 1 Link Peter Karlsson
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Developing in a Multicore World – 2 Link Peter Karlsson
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Diagnosing Live Systems with DTrace Link Brian Leonard
San Francisco 2010-03 DTrace book intro Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-1-About Solaris Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-2-Where is Everything? Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-3-Users Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-4-Managing Software Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-5-System Services Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-6-Networking Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Getting Started with Solaris-7-Device Names & File Systems Link Brian Leonard
Perf Talks at Sun 2010-03 LUN Alignment Link Roch Bourbonnais
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Mastering Your Multicore System Link
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Observing Your App and Everything Else it Runs on Using DTrace Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Observing Your App and Everything Else it Runs on Using DTrace 2 Link Brian Leonard
Perf Talks at Sun 2010-03 Performance Instrumentation Counters Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro, Roch Bourbonnais
Perf Talks at Sun 2010-03 Performance Instrumentation Counters-2 Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro, Roch Bourbonnais
Perf Talks at Sun 2010-03 Performance: Experimentation Link Brendan Gregg
Perf Talks at Sun 2010-03 Performance: Interrupts Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro, Roch Bourbonnais
Perf Talks at Sun 2010-03 Performance: The “Not a Problem” Problem Link Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro, Roch Bourbonnais
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 Securing Networked Services Link Sanjeev Bagewadi
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 The Problems Solaris Solves – 1 Managing File Systems Effectively Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 The Problems Solaris Solves – 2 – Monitoring and Managing Networks Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 The Problems Solaris Solves – 3 – Zones Link Brian Leonard
Sun Tech Days Hyderabad 2010-03 The Problems Solaris Solves – 4 – Diagnosing Live Systems with DTrace Link Brian Leonard
USENIX LISA 2009 2009-11 Ben Rockwood & Deirdré Straughan: A Conversation at LISA ’09 Link Ben Rockwood & Deirdré Straughan
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2,009 2009-11 Hardware-Based Isolation and Security for Virtual Machine Network Link Sunay Tripathi
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Kerberos Authentication for Web Security Link
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Multilevel Cluster Link Ellard Roush
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 OpenSolaris User Groups Link Harry Foxwell
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Protecting Services with Built-In Solaris Security Features Link Christoph Schuba
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Rethinking Passwords Link
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2,009 2009-11 Rethinking Passwords – Part 2 of 2 Link
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2,009 2009-11 Solaris Security Overview Link Darren Moffat
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2,009 2009-11 Solaris Security Overview Part 2 of 2 Link Darren Moffat
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Solaris Security Summit 09 ZFS Crypto 1 Link Darren Moffatt
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2,009 2009-11 Solaris Security Summit 09 ZFS Crypto 2 Link Darren Moffatt
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Solaris Security Summit Introduction Link Kathy Jenks
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2,009 2009-11 Thin Client Delivery for the Enterprise Link Dennis Maher
Solaris Security Summit at USENIX LISA Nov 2009 2009-11 Trusted Extensions & Demo Link Glenn Faden
Solaris Security Summit, 2009-11 ZFS Crypto: Data Encryption for Local, NAS and SAN Link
Solaris Security Summit, 2009-11 ZFS Crypto: Data Encryption for Local, NAS and SAN Part 2 of 2 Link
USENIX LISA 2009 2009-11 ZFS in the Trenches Part 1 Link Ben Rockwood
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 Alligator meets Terminator 2 Link
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 Alligator meets Terminator: Caiman and AI Link
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 Implementing a simple SMF Service: Lessons learned Link Constantin Gonzalez
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 Implementing a simple SMF Service: Lessons learned – part 2 Link Constantin Gonzalez
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 Network Virtualisation Using Crossbow Technology Link Uros Nedic
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 Network Virtualisation Using Crossbow Technology 2 Link Uros Nedic
OOW 2009 2009-10 Optimizing and Managing Simulation Runs with Intel Flash and Oracle and MSC Software Link
OSDEVCON, Dresden 2009-10 ZFS Internal Structures Link Ulrich Graf
LIBR, Tulsa 2009-09 Neuroimaging Storage Landscape Link Alex Barclay
OpenStorage Summit 2,008 2009-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 1 Link Ben Rockwood
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2009-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 2 Link Ben Rockwood
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2009-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 3 Link Ben Rockwood
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2009-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 4 Link Ben Rockwood
OpenStorage Summit 2,008 2009-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 5 Link Ben Rockwood
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2009-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 6 Link Ben Rockwood
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 Debugging and Diagnosing Interesting Kernel Problems Link Pramod Batni
OSCON 2009 2009-07 DTracing Your Website Link Sriram?
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 Finding Bugs in Open Source Kernels Using Parfait Link
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 Hardware & Software Fault Management Architecture Link Gavin Maltby
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 How to survive as an Aussie Kernel Engineer Link Brendan Gregg
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 KCA: Panel Discussion on ZFS 2 Link Jeff Bonwick, Bill Moore, Pavel
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 Kernel Conference Australia: Panel Discussion on ZFS Link Jeff Bonwick, Bill Moore, Pavel
OpenSolaris Security BoF, OSCON 2009 2009-07 OpenSolaris Security: Q&A Link
OpenSolaris Security BoF, OSCON 2009 2009-07 OpenSolaris Security: Security and Solaris Containers Link Glenn Faden
OpenSolaris Security BoF, OSCON 2009 2009-07 OpenSolaris Security: Solaris Privileges Link Scott Rotondo
OpenSolaris Security BoF, OSCON 2009 2009-07 OpenSolaris Security: The Cryptographic Framework Link Valerie Fenwick
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 Porting USB HID Device Drivers Between … Link Max Bruning
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 Secure Software Engineering / In-Kernel Security Link ” Cristina Cifuentes, James Morris, and Fernando
Gont “
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 x86 Fast Reboot and Panic Reboot Link
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 ZFS the Next Word Part 1 Link Jeff Bonwick & Bill Moore
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 ZFS the Next Word Part 2 Link Jeff Bonwick & Bill Moore
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 ZFS the Next Word Part 3 Link Jeff Bonwick & Bill Moore
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 ZFS the Next Word Part 4 Link Jeff Bonwick & Bill Moore
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 ZFS the Next Word Part 5 Link Jeff Bonwick & Bill Moore
Kernel Conference Australia 2009-07 ZFS the Next Word Part 6 Link Jeff Bonwick & Bill Moore
Community One 2009 2009-06 Becoming a ZFS Ninja Part 1 Link Ben Rockwood
Community One 2009 2009-06 Becoming a ZFS Ninja Part 2 Link Ben Rockwood
Community One 2009 2009-06 Probing Database Applications with DTrace 1 Link Robert Lor
Community One 2,009 2009-06 Probing Database Applications with DTrace 2 Link Robert Lor
Community One 2009 2009-06 Solaris Device Drivers Link Max Bruning
Community One 2009 2009-06 Solaris Device Drivers 2 Link Max Bruning
Community One 2009 2009-06 Solaris Device Drivers Part 2 Link Max Bruning
Community One 2009 2009-05 Built-in Virtualization for OpenSolaris: Containers, Sun Logical Domains (LDOMs), and xen Link Jerry Jelinek
Community One 2009 2009-05 Measuring Performance with Sun Studio Tools Link Marty Itztowitz
Community One 2009 2009-05 OpenSolaris Secure Deployment Link Christoph Schuba
Community One 2009 2009-05 ZFS and COMSTAR Link Scott Tracy, Dan Maslowski
CommunityOne East 2009-03 Becoming an OpenSolaris Power User Link Nick Solter
Open Storage Summit 2009 2009-02 Nexenta, Open Storage, and Commercial … Link Anil Gulecha
Open Storage Summit 2009 2009-02 Open Storage & ZFS in a Linux World 1 Link SmugMug’s Don MacAskill
Open Storage Summit 2,009 2009-02 Open Storage & ZFS in a Linux World 2 Link SmugMug’s Don MacAskill
OpenStorage Summit 2009 2009-02 SETI For The People: Addressing the Challenge of Massive Data Sharing Link Tucker Bradford
OpenStorage Summit 2009 2009-02 Storage FMA Link Eric Schrock
OpenStorage Summit 2009 2009-02 Storage Re-Provisioning with COMSTAR Link Mike LaSpina
Open Storage Summit 2009 2009-02 ZFS, Cache and Flash Link Adam Leventhal of Delphix
Grenoble 2009-01 Performance of the Hybrid Storage Pool Link Nick, Roch Bourbonnais
Sun London Office, Jan 2009 2009-01 ZFS Discovery Day Total Cost of Ownership Link Graham Scattergood
Sun London Office, Jan 2009 2009-01 ZFS Discovery Day: Demo Link Paul Needle
Sun London Office, Jan 2009 2009-01 ZFS Discovery Day: Demo pt 2 Link Paul Needle
Sun London Office, Jan 2009 2009-01 ZFS Discovery Day: Understanding the Technology Link Tim
Sun announcement 2008? OpenSolaris Link Ian Murdock
USENIX LISA 2008-11 ZFS Workshop at LISA 2008 Part 1 Link Richard Elling
USENIX LISA 2008-11 ZFS Workshop at LISA 2008 Part 2 Link Richard Elling
USENIX LISA 2008-11 ZFS Workshop at LISA 2008 Part 3 Link Richard Elling
USENIX LISA 2008-11 ZFS Workshop at LISA 2008 Part 4 Link Richard Elling
USENIX LISA 2008-11 ZFS Workshop at LISA 2008 Part 5 Link Richard Elling
USENIX LISA 2008-11 ZFS Workshop at LISA 2008 Part 6 Link Richard Elling
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2008-09 Flash Performance in Storage Systems Link Bill Moore
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2008-09 Interview with Paddy Srinivasan of Zmanda Link Mark Johnson, Paddy Srinivasan
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2008-09 Storage in the Cloud: Open Storage Summit Ben Rockwood Keynote Link Ben Rockwood
Fishworks launch, Sept 2008 2008-09 Talking Open Storage with OurStage Link Alex Plant
Fishworks launch, Sept 2008 2008-09 Talking Open Storage with OurStage – 2 Link Alex Plant
OpenStorage Summit 2008 2008-09 ZFS in the Trenches Part 7 Link Ben Rockwood
SNIA SDC 2008-09 ZFS: The Last Word in File Systems Part 1 Link Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore
SNIA SDC 2008-09 ZFS: The Last Word in File Systems Part 2 Link Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore
SNIA SDC 2008-09 ZFS: The Last Word in File Systems Part 3 Link Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore
OSDEVCON Prague, 2008 2008-07 Dominic Kay Link
OSDevCon 2008, Prague 2008-07 Get Involved! Part 1 Link Jim Grisanzio
Community One 2008 2008-06 COMSTAR Link Peter Buckingham
Bangalore 2008-06 The Shopkeeper: A Scalability Story Link Sun Bangalore team
OpenSolaris Summit 2008 2008-05 GoGames at the Open Solaris Developers’ Summit 2008 Link
Community One 2008 2008-05 The Open Storage Revolution Link Jeff Bonwick
SNW 2008-04 Talking About COMSTAR at SNW Link Jeff Cheeney
FAST 2008 2008-02 Filebench Architecture Link Drew Wilson
SNIA Storage Security Summit 2008-01 eDiscovery Link Steven Teppler
SNIA Winter Symposium 2008-01 SNIA EPA Green Storage Workshop – 1 Link
SNIA Winter Symposium 2008-01 SNIA EPA Green Storage Workshop – 2 Link
SNIA Winter Symposium 2008-01 SNIA EPA Green Storage Workshop – 3 Link
SNIA Winter Symposium 2008-01 SNIA EPA Green Storage Workshop – 4 Link
Broomfield, 2007 2007-08 MPxIO Link Chris Horne
Broomfield, 2007 2007-08 MPxIO 2 Link Chris Horne
Broomfield, 2007 2007-08 MPxIO 3 Link Chris Horne
2010 Introducing Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 Link Roma Barron
Menlo Park 2010 ZFS Dynamic LUN Expansion Link George Wilson
Sun Broomfield campus, 2009? 2009 Interview with Dave Stewart Link Jeff Cheeney, Dave Stewart
OSDEVCON 2009 2009 Using DTrace for Gnome Performance Analysis Link Krishnan Parthasarathi
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 drace.conf 2008 2:12pm – War Stories Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 11:29am, NFSv3 and iS… Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 11:44am, DTrace for h… Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 11:54am Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 12:48pm Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 2:07pm – DTracing a So… Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 2:22pm, Benoit Chaffan… Link Benoit Chaffanjon
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 3:01pm, Erlang (contin… Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 3:13pm, Instrumenting … Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 – 9:41am, Opening Link
dtrace.conf 2008 2008 dtrace.conf 2008 1:03pm – Zones & DTrace Link
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Into the Belly of the Beast

(Part 4 of Resistance is Futile: The Oracle Acquisition)   The “change in control” from Sun to Oracle took place, in the US, on Feb 15, 2010. I visited the Oracle campus in Redwood Shores that day, invited by one of Oracle’s few sanctioned social media experts. As it happened, that was also the day Read More…

(Part 4 of Resistance is Futile: The Oracle Acquisition)

 

The “change in control” from Sun to Oracle took place, in the US, on Feb 15, 2010. I visited the Oracle campus in Redwood Shores that day, invited by one of Oracle’s few sanctioned social media experts. As it happened, that was also the day that an Oracle support employee, wildly popular with customers for giving out support advice for free on Twitter and in a blog, was being shut down by the company, forbidden to provide answers outside the official – paid – support channels. It was clear that I wasn’t in Kansas anymore.

Soon thereafter, I was in Menlo Park for team meetings when I discovered that dozens of my videos had been deleted, without warning, from the BTV video hosting platform that had just been rebranded as Oracle’s. My colleagues heard my screams of anguish. I had not archived copies of those videos; that person in charge of Oracle media had not told me they would be removed (I rather thought she had implied that they would simply be rebranded). She gave no reason for the removal, and turned a deaf ear to my pleas that these were useful and perhaps irreplaceable original material, technologists talking about technology. The videos were still on a server somewhere, but I was never able to get a single one reposted. I hope there’s a special hell reserved for those who deliberately and maliciously destroy others’ work.

Her attitude was all too typical of what we experienced across Oracle, both at the corporate level and from many individuals. Oracle had been on an acquisitions spree, buying 50+ companies in five years and assimilating them with brutal efficiency. As far as I could tell, Oracle had no notion that it had once had its own corporate culture that might be worth preserving, let alone care that any of its targets did. That summer I met a former Oracle employee who had quit 18 months earlier, after 12 years with the company. “I didn’t recognize it anymore,” he said sadly. “After all the acquisitions began, it was no longer the Oracle I used to know and love.”

It was made very clear to us all that we were cogs in the machine and should not think too highly of ourselves. The only thing that mattered was profit, which was arrived at by carefully orchestrated process. Time after time we were told: “This is how it’s done here, get used to it” – sometimes in those very words. I had the impression that some victims of earlier acquisitions positively enjoyed putting us uppity Sun folk through the same miseries that they themselves had endured. Cherished ways and systems that had persisted for years at Sun – usually because they worked – were swept away with no regard for anything except The Rules.

Some particularly process-oriented former Sun people thrived in the new regime; most of us did not. For better and for worse, Sun’s creative, anarchic culture was the polar opposite of Oracle’s command-and-control style. It was soon clear that many of us, despite our best intentions to keep open minds and try to stand by the people and technologies we loved working with, would not be long for the Oracle world.

I have to hand it to Oracle: they were very canny about layoffs. Larry Ellison had claimed that “fewer than 1000” of Sun’s 30,000 employees would be laid off at acquisition. This was true – in north America. The change in control in other regions took place weeks or months later for various legal reasons, and many more layoffs happened in those areas, unnoticed by the US media. In some regions, salaries were simply cut so steeply (to match Oracle’s local salary ranges) that people left for other jobs as soon as they could find them.

I suspect that Oracle also skillfully identified the Sun employees to whom they didn’t need to offer layoff packages, because they would obviously quit anyway. In the cases of some that Oracle might have liked to keep, at least as figureheads, any desire to do so was apparently outweighed by Oracle’s structures, processes, and culture. I’ve heard that some special offers were later made to try to stem the exodus of talent, but it doesn’t seem to have worked in most cases.

The first high-profile departure (post-Oracle) was James Gosling, the father of Java, who resigned in April, soon after headlining one of the last Sun Tech Days events, in Hyderabad, India. This also happened to be my last major trip for Sun/Oracle. I had never met Gosling (saw him once in an elevator), but was surprised at how withdrawn and standoffish he seemed in Hyderabad, spending most of his free time huddled in the hotel restaurant.

I returned to the US, finished packing my few possessions in Colorado into my Toyota Rav4, then drove to San Francisco, all within the space of five days, arriving and moving into my new home on April 3, 2010. I didn’t have official permission from Oracle to change my place of employment, but back in January I had had a major meltdown on the phone with my manager. The proximate cause was huge tensions with my Colorado roommate before the acquisition layoffs were finalized (in the event, all three of us in the household survived them). I needed to get out of that house, but it didn’t make sense to sign a lease elsewhere in Colorado when I was ready to move to California anyway. Lynn finally said: “Go ahead and go, we’ll make it official later.” She couldn’t give me a moving allowance or the cost-of-living raise that I would have got if I’d moved with Sun before the acquisition process began – Oracle doesn’t do that kind of thing. Of course.


 

Fishworks and Me

(Part 3 of Resistance is Futile: The Oracle Acquisition) Note: This slight detour in what is rapidly becoming a long series on the last years of Sun is another very personal angle on a particular piece of Sun history. As you’ll see, I didn’t even know what Fishworks was until it launched, and can’t claim Read More…

(Part 3 of Resistance is Futile: The Oracle Acquisition)

Note: This slight detour in what is rapidly becoming a long series on the last years of Sun is another very personal angle on a particular piece of Sun history. As you’ll see, I didn’t even know what Fishworks was until it launched, and can’t claim direct insights into what being on that team was like. But I now work elbow-to-elbow every day with six of the former Fishworks team, so I’m sure they’ll correct and expand as they see fit.

I first heard about Fishworks early in my Sun career. It was probably in the late summer of 2007, during my first extended stay in Colorado, that Lynn Rohrer took me to a meeting between engineering and marketing. This was my first time meeting several people whom I would later come to know better, including Brian Wong and Matthew Baier. (The latter made an impression with his stunning good looks, loud checked jacket, and inexplicable accent.) The meeting was about Solaris storage: the engineering group and set of technologies for which I’d been hired to help with content, blogging, social media, and (eventually) video.

I remember little of what was said, except that someone brought up “Amber Road” – the code name for an engineering project I’d not heard of. A palpable chill descended on the room. “Oh, well, that will never be completed,” someone said loftily. I was surprised at the venom aroused by its mere mention, and asked Lynn about it afterwards, but she didn’t tell me much except that it was a storage project being run by some people I had not yet met. This surprised me – I thought I was working for the Solaris storage group, hadn’t realized there were more people doing storage elsewhere at Sun.

Feeling some ownership of anything to do with storage, I kept my ears pricked. From time to time the name Amber Road came up, but always as something remote and mysterious; I was unable to get any details. (I now know that this was absolutely intentional – it was a stealth project, though clearly word had leaked out. To further confuse matters, the team never referred to themselves as Amber Road – it was the name of a product they had effectively killed that had been foisted upon them.)

In March of 2008 I was hired full time by Sun, on condition that I move to the US. Though I initially chose to live in Colorado, I traveled a great deal, filming Sun people at conferences, and had contact with many areas of Sun engineering – first storage, then HPC, grid and cluster, etc. But never that tantalizing Amber Road project. (In retrospect, it was somewhat insulting that they never got in touch – I was running blogs.sun.com/storage, a top destination among the thousands of Sun blogs.)

By September, 2008, the project had publicly taken its true name, Fishworks (for “fully integrated software and hardware”, and partly inspired by Skunk Works). There was a preview in San Francisco for some members of the press. Someone in marketing had the bright idea to have me fly out and film this (I was cheaper than the official Sun media crew), which I was happy to do. Ashlee Vance, familiar to me from his coverage of enterprise storage in The Register, was present. (For some reason, perhaps his horizontally-striped shirt and boyish look, he reminded me of Dennis the Menace.)

I filmed several hours of presentations: Jeff Bonwick, who theatrically abandoned his slide deck and spoke off-the-cuff; Adam Leventhal; Mike Shapiro; one or two beta customer case studies. After the formal presentations, we all adjourned to a nearby bar for a not-very-well-attended party. I cast about for something useful to do; Matthew suggested that I film Stephen O’Grady interviewing Mike Shapiro. We had to do this on the street outside the bar with buses roaring by and bar patrons chattering in the background; I was pleased that the directional Rode Videomic coped so well.

Later that month, the small OpenSolaris community team of which I was a member ran the first Open Storage Summit, at which Mike Shapiro, Ben Rockwood, and many others spoke. I filmed everything, though some of that video was later lost in the Oracle transition.

Going Viral

Part of my job was to encourage Solaris engineers to blog. One of the ideas we came up with, around October, 2008, was a contest. Soon afterwards I heard that Fishworks was about to be officially launched, and I seized the opportunity.

I wrote to the Sun bloggers’ alias (an internal mailing list which reached the thousands of Sun bloggers), as follows: the first 20 Sun bloggers to post about Fishworks after the official lauch would receive “I’m blogging this for Sun” t-shirts. At the end of a week, the three who received the most traffic would also get iPods engraved with the OpenSolaris logo (we had had hundreds of these made as incentive giveaways for the OpenSolaris community).

It didn’t occur to me to ask anybody’s permission to do this. Bryan Cantrill didn’t know who I was, and I think he was caught by surprise when the bloggers’ alias suddenly exploded with discussion about the launch, including basic “What is Fishworks?” questions. This was probably useful: it gave the Fishworks team a chance to spread the word within Sun about a project that had hitherto been hidden from the world. Bryan responded to the thread with some official wording, so that all the potential bloggers would know what they were talking about.

Others were not so happy about my initiative. Sun was very protective of its bloggers’ autonomy, and some people who had nothing to do with Fishworks feared that I was trying to impose a marketing message. Nothing could be less my style, but these people didn’t know me: one said that lazy bloggers would simply copy the press release Bryan had given us – my silly contest would encourage bad blogging! (I had more faith in our colleagues.)

I was trying to manage all this during an insane travel week: (from Twitter) “San Diego (FAST) Sat-Mon, Las Vegas (CEC) Tues-Weds, MPK (Forum) Thurs, Austin (HPC Consortium/SC08) Friday.” I sat in a weird-smelling hotel room in San Diego, reading the emails and then eagerly following the blog posts at midnight on launch day. Not one of the Sun bloggers embarrassed us: of the few dozen who blogged about the launch, everyone found something original to say, even those who had had no contact with the project beforehand.

I could take no credit – but some pleasure – in the fact that the Fishworks team themselves were well prepared, with multiple posts ready to go. I had jokingly told Bryan that only one of his team could win one of the iPods; in fact, he won it himself. (CEO Jonathan Schwartz won one, too, but his blog always got the most traffic, so I gave out a fourth iPod for that contest.)

A couple of days later I was at CEC, Sun’s big internal conference in Las Vegas, but was too busy filming other stuff to see any of the Fishworks launch activities. I did join an informal “birds of a feather” session on blogging – I made a point of showing up when I realized that two of the people I’d been arguing with on the bloggers’ alias would be there: “anyone at CEC, come to the blogging BoF this evening 8-9. I suspect the fur is going to fly. ; ) [It did.] 1:28 PM Nov 12th“.

During the ensuing heated discussion, one of them tried to overwhelm me with his vast online experience. I cut him short: “I’ve been online since 1982, and had my own site since 2001.” That finally got me some cred with him. (It’s ok, we’re all friends now.)

I also said: “my friends in marketing owe me a drink. Or three. 2:09 PM Nov 12th “I took a lot of crap over the contest to get people blogging.”

After all this, I still had no real contact with the Fishworks team, but I started tracking statistics on their blogs, alongside dozens of other Solaris engineering blogs. This meant that they were included in my monthly increased-traffic contest to win the remaining t-shirts.

I became aware of Brendan Gregg early in 2009, after he and Bryan posted a video that went viral on YouTube. Brendan’s post about it got a tremendous amount of traffic, making him the easy winner of the January t-shirt contest. I read the post, saw the video, thought: “Yeah, that’s pretty funny.” It was actually a bit annoying: I’d put so much work into so many videos, none of which had gotten more than a few hundred or a few thousand views, and then this very casual little piece was a runaway geek sensation. Which just proved the point I had tried over and over to explain to my marketing colleagues: it makes no sense to say: “Let’s make a viral video,” because it’s next to impossible to “be viral” without a very clever creative team and a fair amount of money. If you’re very, very lucky, it just happens. It happened to Brendan, who is now known worldwide as “that shouting guy”.

I didn’t think much one way or the other about Brendan himself – Aussie, geek, round-faced, nothing to get excited about – though apparently other women thought him cute.

I sent Brendan his t-shirt. He took pictures of himself wearing it, then forgot to send them to me.

The Solaris Schism

In February, 2009, our community team ran the second Open Storage Summit, at which a couple of the Fishworks team spoke. This was even bigger than the first one, with dual tracks resulting in many hours of footage – which I was then unable to publish, for an extremely stupid reason.

Unbeknownst to me, there had been a power struggle between the Fishworks team and the execs in charge of the rest of Solaris engineering. The week before our summit, the VP of the group I worked for (who shall remain nameless here) had partly lost the battle: everything storage was placed under Mike Shapiro, who by then was managing Fishworks (to the extent that they put up with any management at all). Said VP would probably have stopped the summit from happening if he could, but it was too late – sunk costs for venue, etc. However, he ordered us never to do anything to help “those guys” afterwards. This meant that I had to sit on some very useful video, indefinitely. I also had to close down the extremely successful Sun storage blog in which I collected links and published storage-related videos. Remember this: it comes up again later.

I did publish one talk that had nothing to do with Sun storage: SETI For The People: Addressing the Challenge of Massive Data Sharing. I had invited Tucker Bradford to speak after hearing his boss Jill Tarter speak at TED (via video, which we got to watch live because Sun was a sponsor), hoping that someone in the storage industry would step up to help solve SETI’s massive data storage problem.

I reluctantly dropped storage from my roster of activities, but found plenty of other things to keep busy with. The Fishworks team worked from a “secret” office in San Francisco, so there was little chance that I would casually run into any of them in Broomfield or Menlo Park (nor recognize them if I did).

Half a World Away

Brendan is Australian, but had moved to San Francisco in 2006, at Bryan’s invitation, to join the Fishworks team. It was therefore bizarre, but perhaps fitting, that he and I did finally meet in Brisbane, Australia.

Sun’s James McPherson had organized Australia’s first kernel conference in July, 2009. I was sent to film it, and Brendan (native son made good) was one of the speakers. Someone at Sun had described the Fishworks team to me as: “A bunch of egotistical trolls holed up in their batcave, despising the rest of us.” That was certainly not my first (nor second) impression of Brendan, nor (as I later learned) did it accurately describe the rest of the team. For the most part. 😉

The conference was a success, thanks partly to my efforts – for which I nearly got fired. Here’s what happened:

The keynote speech for the conference was to be given by Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore, on ZFS. I knew that this would be the big draw, particularly for the audience I was trying to get onto the live video stream at a difficult time of day for most people outside of Australia. Yeah, I wasn’t supposed to help those guys in storage, but this was for the greater good of Solaris and Sun. I publicized the event on Twitter and my Sun video blog, and got some PR help from people like Ben Rockwood. But I knew that the biggest audience I could reach in a hurry would be found on the now-inactive storage blog (readers had been asking me why there had been no posts on it for months).

So I put a two-line announcement on the blog, telling people where they could see the live video stream of a new Bonwick and Moore ZFS talk. I figured Mr Nameless VP wouldn’t notice, or wouldn’t care, or would understand that this was the best thing for the company – right?

Wrong. Apparently he had a screaming fit that could be heard over half a floor in Menlo Park. My manager, Lynn, saved my job, but I was warned not to help storage again. I have to admit I went right on doing so at that very conference: a new friend with a big storage problem happened to be visiting Australia’s Gold Coast that same week, doing location prep for a movie. He’d been asking me for months to get him together with some of Sun’s storage experts, a number of whom were right there with me. So he came down to the conference, met Jeff and Bill, and joined me at a dinner at which four Sun engineers, including Brendan, happily got their teeth into his problem.

As it turned out, I wasn’t able to film Brendan’s two talks on the final day of the Kernel Conference, because I had to be on a plane back to the Bay Area to attend the Community Leadership Summit and OSCON (still more filming!). I left that camera with Garrett D’Amore so others could film the final day and later send me the tapes.

Hanging out and talking during kernel conference social activities, Brendan and I had discovered that we thought similarly about some things, such as the value of capturing technical material on video. In October, 2009, he came to Broomfield to do performance training of Sun field engineers who were selling and supporting the Fishworks appliances. I arranged for him to give a talk to the Front Range OpenSolaris User Group, titled Little Shop of Performance Horrors (the date was close to Halloween). This was surprisingly well attended, considering we’d had a blizzard with about two feet of snow on the ground.

That was just the first of our joint video productions. On one of my San Francisco trips in March, 2010, we managed to gather Brendan, Roch Bourbonnais, and Jim Mauro – that is, several of Sun’s top performance experts – in one room for a series of short videos. We also got Jim and Brendan talking about the DTrace book that they were then writing. Sometime after that I, too, became involved in the book, first coordinating technical reviews, and eventually editing all 1100 pages of it (minus the code, which I was not and am not qualified to comment on). By this time I was living in San Francisco; I’d chosen an apartment in SOMA to have easy access to Caltrain for my commute to Sun’s Menlo Park office.