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What's new in pkgsrc-2013Q1
pkgsrc is a framework for building third-party software on UNIX-like systems
pkgsrc is a framework for building third-party software on NetBSD and other UNIX-like systems, currently containing over 12000 packages. It is used to enable freely available software to be configured and built easily on supported platforms.

The binary packages that are produced by pkgsrc can be used without having to compile everything from source. NetBSD already contains the necessary tools for managing binary packages, on other platforms you need to bootstrap pkgsrc to get the package management tools installed.

As usual there were many hundreds of changes which went into this quarterly release of pkgsrc. Here are some of the more interesting and useful changes.

  • OpenSSL 1.0.1 with AES-NI support
  • GCC Go support for SmartOS/illumos
  • Networking utilities on SmartOS
  • Major package versions

Read on for details.

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance
Larry Wake draws attention to Steve Sistare's three-part blog

Larry Wake draws attention to Steve Sistare's three-part blog "Massive Solaris Scalability for the T5-8 and M5-32," in which he discusses scaling a general purpose operating system to handle a single system image with thousands of CPUs and tens of terabytes (TB) of memory; in Part 2 he explains how improvements to Solaris enable superior performance and scaling on T5 and M5 systems, and in part 3 he focuses on enhancements made in the Scheduler, Devices, Tools, and Reboot areas of Solaris.

Reservation & Ref Reservation - An Explanation
Some of the Possibly Confusing Issues Around Allotted Space in ZFS Data Pools
Andrew Galloway explains Reservation and Ref Reservation. He notes the two methods ZFS uses for determining used and free space. The first is at a non-granular pool level, and the second is at a dataset level. He explains the "assumptions" ZFS makes when it encounters a dataset using less space than it is allotted, adding a comment on the constraints this situation places on snapshots, and he shows how ZFS responds to data blocks of a specific size when that size is either exceeded or not completely used. He explains the important role of zvol in mediating disk space allotments.
Familiarize Yourself with MySQL Replication: On-demand Webinar Covers the Features
Important New Capabilities in MySQL 5.6
The new MySQL 5.6 GA release delivers a host of new capabilities to support developers releasing new services faster, with more agility, performance and security, Mat Keep posts, noting the utility of MySQL replication, used by the largest web, mobile and social properties to horizontally scale highly-available MySQL databases across distributed clusters of low cost, commodity servers. He recommends an on-demand MySQL 5.6 replication webinar that covers those enhancements, including:

  • 5x higher master and slave performance
  • Self healing replication
  • Replication event checksums
  • DevOps features

Keep concludes his post with selections from the Q&A section of the webinar.

A Few Good Reasons for Migrating from SUSE Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux
Choose the Corporate Development Standard (It's Cheaper and Offers Unique Features)
Michele Casey argues that among the most compelling reasons for migrating from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) to Oracle Linux are that Oracle Linux is the corporate Linux standard for all development groups at Oracle. Second, the cost of a subscription to Oracle Linux Basic Support is $1,199 annually per server; for a SLES Priority, 4-socket Virtual Subscription: $3,878 annually per server. Toss in free access to all bug and security errata on Oracle's public yum repositories; Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache; and the reduction in downtime afforded by Oracle Linux Premier Support subscriptions with Ksplice, Casey notes.
Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Accelerate Performance for Apollo Group
Educational Services Provider Gains 5X in Strategic Reporting
Apollo Group, one of the world's largest private education providers, is leveraging Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to streamline delivery of educational programs and services in higher education. With Oracle Exadata, Apollo Group has sped up strategic reporting by 5X, enabling business users to access key insights in about an hour rather than overnight. Using the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance with Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture best practices for Oracle Exadata backup and recovery, Apollo Group shrank its backup window from more than 24 hours to less than 40 minutes for a full backup of a 4 TB database.
SPARC M5-32 Sets Record on Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark
Outperforms IBM Power 780 and IBM Power 760 servers
Oracle's SPARC M5-32 server produced a world record result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark using SAP Enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 as it achieved 85,050 users running the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark using SAP Enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0. The SPARC M5-32 solution was run with Oracle Solaris 11 and used the Oracle Database 11g.In setting this record the SPARC M5-32 server outperformed marks set earlier by the IBM Power 780 and IBM Power 760 servers.
SPARC T5-2 Achieves SPECjbb2013 Benchmark World Record Result
Surpasses HP's Proliant ML350p, DL560p, ML310e Gen8
Oracle's SPARC T5-2 server achieved 75,658 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS and 23,268 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS on the SPECjbb2013 benchmark for a world record. The SPARC T5-2 server is 1.9x faster than the 2-chip HP ProLiant ML350p server; 15% faster than the 4-chip HP ProLiant DL560p server; and 6.1x faster than the 1-chip HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8, all three based on SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS. The Sun Server X3-2 system running Oracle Solaris 11 is 5% faster than the HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 server running Windows Server 2008 based on SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, while the SPARC T4-2 server achieved 34,804 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS and 10,101 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS on the SPECjbb2013 benchmark.
DoD Gives Accreditation to Use of Solaris on Its Network
First Ever Instance of this Approval Involving Solaris 11 and SPARC SuperCluster
Jim Laurent blogs about the first ever instance of Solaris 11 being accredited in the US DoD. DoD has granted permission for the SPARC SuperCluster System to operate on the DoD network. As there are no Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) for Solaris 11, Laurent suggests that in the absence of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) guidelines, DoD accepted vendor recommended security practices. Among the lessons learned from this experience, Laurent points out that Solaris 11 and the SPARC SuperCluster have received an IATO from the DoD; other DoD customers have received accreditation for Exadata, Exalogic and Database Appliance engineered systems.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 182 Issues 1 and 2 ; Vol 181 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 180 Issues 3 and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • ZFS: Read Me 1st (Capabilities and Cautions)
  • Fujitsu M10 Servers Now Available Worldwide
  • Upgrade Paths to Solaris 11 for Solaris 10 Customers
  • SPARC M5-32 Server Is Perfect for very Large Business-critical Workloads and Server Consolidation.
  • Sun Ray Software 5.4: New for Trusted Extensions
  • Java Spotlight Episode 127: Laurent Doguin on Nuxeo @nuxeo
  • SPARC T5 Systems Net Oracle TimesTen Benchmark World Record
  • SPARC T5-2 Posts Yet Another Leading Benchmark Result
  • LibreOffice Upgrades Continue at a Regular Pace
  • NetBeans Is a Vital Tool in Development of NASA's Deep Space Flight Dynamics Support System

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    SPARC T5-2 Achieves JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Benchmark World Records
    Bests IBM Power 770 by 1.4x
    Oracle's SPARC T5-2 two-chip server running Oracle Solaris Containers and consolidating JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle WebLogic servers and the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 produced World Record batch throughput for single system results on Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Day-in-the-Life benchmark. The SPARC T5-2 delivered 12,000 online users at 180 msec average response time while concurrently executing a mix of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne long and short batch processes at 198.5 UBEs/min (Universal Batch Engines per minute). The SPARC T5-2 delivered throughput of 880 UBEs/min while executing the batch-only workload performance throughput 2.7x faster per chip than the IBM Power 770 four-chip server.
    SPARC T5 Systems Deliver SPEC CPU2006 Rate Benchmark Multiple World Records
    Leave IBM 760 and 780, HP DL980 G7 Behind
    Oracle's SPARC T5 8-processor based systems, running Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 software, delivered record performance on the SPEC CPU2006 rate benchmarks, beating the 8 processor IBM Power 760 with POWER7+ processors, the 8 processor IBM Power 780 with POWER7 processors and the 8 processor HP DL980 G7 with Intel Xeon E7-4870 processors. The SPARC T5-1B server module delivered record SPEC CPU2006 rate benchmark results for systems with one processor, beating the 1 processor IBM Power 710 Express with a POWER7 processor and the 1 processor NEC Express5800/R120d-1M with an Intel Xeon E5-2690 processor and the 1 processor Supermicro A+ 1012G-MTF.
    Solaris 11 Network Virtualization now Possible with Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    New Version Allows vNICs on VNets
    Jeff Savit addresses the new capability in Oracle VM Server for SPARC, which is that version now supports the removal of restrictions that in earlier versions prevented vNICs on VNets, further allowing Solaris 11 network virtualization. Now, instead of just consolidating servers, users can consolidate a data center's servers and network topologies into a single Solaris instance, setting up multiple isolated virtual networks, associating zones with the different virtual networks, and establishing rules for isolation, connectivity and quality of service (QoS). Savit goes on to explain the use of this new capability, providing the necessary code.
    Oracle VM VirtualBox: Personal Desktop Virtualization
    Detlef Drewanz Discusses Installation and Employment
    In part 6 of an eight-part series Detlef Drewanz writes about "Oracle VM VirtualBox - Personal Desktop Virtualization" describing Oracle VM VirtualBox and its uses. Oracle VM VirtualBox requires an already-running host operating system on top of which it can be installed. Following installation one can simultaneously run multiple guest operating systems inside Oracle VM VirtualBox using multiple virtual machines (VMs). Oracle VM VirtualBox consists of three parts: the base software package; guest additions; and extension packs. Drewanz next addresses how data can be transferred to and from the guests through external iSCSI storage, with shared folders from the host or via network services.
    Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center as a Management Tool for Virtualization
    Managing Server Virtualization Technologies Throughout their Lifecycle from One GUI
    In Part 8 of an eight-part series on virtualization Elke Freymann describes how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to centrally manage server virtualization technologies throughout their lifecycle from one GUI. With Ops Center, it's possible to manage the complete lifecycle of a system, Freymann writes, so why not install Oracle VM Server for x86 on the bare-metal system using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. With Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center users can group servers of compatible architecture together, assign them shared storage where virtualized guests can run, define the type of virtualization technology to be used, and then define a server pool.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 128: Joe McGlynn on Java Security Dialogs @jbmcglynn
    Interview with Joe McGlynn, Director of Engineering at Oracle overseeing Java client development
    Joe McGlynn, Director of Engineering at Oracle where he oversees Java client development, joins host Roger Brinkley on Java Spotlight Episode 128 for a discussion of the new Java security dialogs, plugins and applet support. Joe McGlynn is currently leading development of Java Deployment, Scene Builder, and JavaFX. He has managed software engineering organizations for 25 years in a variety of product domains including Developer Tools, Distance Learning, Call Center Automation and Biotechnology.
    'Function Security and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) in Oracle E-Business Suite'
    New Oracle Whitepaper on the Latest Work in RBAC
    The new white paper "Function Security and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) in Oracle E-Business Suite (Note 1537100.1)" (registration and log-in required) draws some praise from Chris Warticki, who explains that it illustrates two main ways to implement security in Oracle E-Business Suite: “traditional” Oracle E-Business Suite responsibility-based security (usually referred to as “function security”) and Role-Based Access Control. According to Sara Woodhull in a separate post, the whitepaper is written for Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, super-users, and implementers. It applies to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.
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