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How the OS Makes the Database Fast
by Ginny Henningsen
Ginny Henningsen writes, "Is choosing an operating system all that's important any more? After all, virtualization lets sysadmins choose the OS that best matches the workload they plan to put on each virtual machine. And Red Hat Linux on Intel is cheap and ubiquitous enough to work for most anything. Right?

We don't think so.

Operating systems were once the glue between the hardware and the applications, parsing out the underlying hardware resources to the application. Over time they evolved to support the entire Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) stack, including server and network virtualization, resource management, advanced file systems, and storage management. While operating system capabilities have broadened in many respects, one aspect has remained the same: the OS can still have a dramatic impact on application performance. Whether deployed on bare metal or in a virtual environment, the OS is a critical factor in boosting or impeding application performance and data center resource efficiency..."

MySQL Cluster 7.3
Enables Faster and Simpler Development of New Web and Mobile Services
With the accelerated pace of innovation in Web, cloud, social and mobile services, the new GA release of MySQL Cluster 7.3 makes it simpler and faster than ever for developers to enrich their applications with a highly available and scalable, fault tolerant, real-time database.

With a new NoSQL JavaScript connector for node.js, MySQL Cluster 7.3 makes it simpler and faster to build services deployed across clusters of commodity hardware, with minimum development and operational effort.

The new release features enhanced capabilities including native support for foreign keys, a browser-based auto-installer and new connection thread scalability, further enabling users to meet the high availability database challenges of next generation Web, Cloud, and communications services.

Additionally, native integration with the MySQL 5.6 Server enables developers to combine the InnoDB and MySQL Cluster storage engines within a single MySQL 5.6-based application.

MySQL Cluster is an open source, auto-sharded, real-time, ACID-compliant transactional database with no single point of failure, designed for next generation web, cloud, social and mobile applications.

MySQL Cluster 7.3 is available for download. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.

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Cuts Batch Run Time by 80%, and Sees Return on Investment in Nine Months
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Oracle SuperCluster T5-8: Web Launch Event
June 27, 2013 10am PDT
How are you dealing with the increasing costs and delays caused by your complex data center architecture? Is your business struggling with an inefficient collection of multi-vendor, custom assembled components? Are your users asking for faster and more flexible deployments, better performance and higher availability than your current IT infrastructure can support?

Join us for a live webcast with Oracle Executive Vice President, John Fowler, as he announces the new Oracle SuperCluster T5-8: Our Fastest Engineered System.

Learn how the new Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 delivers:

  • Extreme performance through Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle's virtualization solutions, and the world's fastest servers

  • Highest availability with no single point of failure and 99.999% uptime

  • Highest efficiency with unmatched price/performance and the lowest operating costs

  • A complete engineered system ideal for database and application consolidation and private cloud

Register for this webcast here.

Tuning and Performance for Oracle SOA Suite 11g on SPARC T4 Servers
SPARC T4 servers are recommended for all SOA workloads, with good all-around performance

This report describes testing performed on the BPEL and Oracle Service Bus components of the Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle's SPARC T4 servers running Oracle Solaris 11. The goal of the testing was to determine the best throughput for BPEL and Oracle Service Bus workflows by determining the optimal tuning parameters for best performance. Two test efforts are described in this paper. One set of tests revolved around the Fusion Order Demo (FOD) sample framework, with SOA-specific aspects specifically recorded. The second set of tests was run to determine Oracle Service Bus performance with a set of benchmarks created by Oracle engineering to stress test that one component.

Sun QFS Software
Consolidate, share, and protect your business information
Sun QFS software is a shared SAN file system designed to solve file system performance bottlenecks by leveraging underlying disk technology and hardware. The high-performance, configurable Sun QFS shared file system helps to overcome traditional UNIX® file system shortcomings, such as lengthy file system checks after an unintended interruption, long file system generation times, and limitations in file system scaling due to a finite number and size of files.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 184 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 183 Issues 1, 2,3, 4 and 5; Vol 182 Issue 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:

  • Comparing Solaris 11 Zones to Solaris 10 Zones
  • Java Magazine May/June
  • Best Practices - Live Migration on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Java Platform Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7)
  • Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture
  • SPARC T5-4 Produces World Record Single Server TPC-H @3000GB Benchmark Result
  • SPARC T5-8 Delivers Best Single System SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark running WebLogic 12c
  • Monitoring per Zone Filesystem activity
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 Quarterly Update 4
  • Java Spotlight Episode 136: Paul Parkinson on JSR 907: Transaction API 1.2 @jcp

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

    A closer look at the new T5 TPC-H result
    By Stefan Hinker

    Stefan Hinker writes, "You've probably all seen the new TPC-H benchmark result for the SPARC T5-4 submitted to TPC on June 7. Our benchmark guys over at "BestPerf" have already pointed out the major takeaways from the result. However, I believe there's more to make note of.

    TPC doesn't promote the comparison of TPC-H results with different storage sizes. So let's just look at the 3000GB results:

    • SPARC T4-4 with 4 CPUs (that's 32 cores at 3.0 GHz) delivers 205,792 QphH.
    • SPARC T5-4 with 4 CPUs (that's 64 cores at 3.6 GHz) delivers 409,721 QphH.

    That's just 1863 QphH or 0.45% short of 100% scalability if you'd expect a doubling of cores to deliver twice the result. Of course, one could expect to see a factor of 2.4, taking the increased clockrate into account. That would set the bar to 493901 QphH, and the SPARC T5-4 would be at 83% of that. So what didn't scale? Most likely the storage! Let's look at that a little closer:.."

    Moving Oracle Solaris 11 Zones between physical servers
    By Amir Javanshir

    Amir Javanshir writes, "As part of my job in the ISV Engineering team, I am often asked by partners the following question : is it possible to easily move a Solaris 11 Zone from a physical server to another?

    The short answer is : YES ! The longer one comes with the following restrictions :

    • Both physical servers should be of the same architecture, x64 or SPARC (T-series and M-series systems are compatible).

    • Both physical servers should run Oracle Solaris 11.

    • The destination server should run at least the same or higher release of Solaris 11. This includes the SRU (Support Repository Update) level..."

    Read on for details.

    Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, 3rd Edition
    By W. Richard Stevens, Stephen A. Rago
    For more than twenty years, serious C programmers have relied on one book for practical, in-depth knowledge of the programming interfaces that drive the UNIX and Linux kernels: W. Richard Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment. Now, once again, Rich's colleague Steve Rago has thoroughly updated this classic work. The new third edition supports today's leading platforms, reflects new technical advances and best practices, and aligns with Version 4 of the Single UNIX Specification. Steve carefully retains the spirit and approach that have made this book so valuable. Building on Rich's pioneering work, he begins with files, directories, and processes, carefully laying the groundwork for more advanced techniques, such as signal handling and terminal I/O. He also thoroughly covers threads and multithreaded programming, and socket-based IPC.
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14
    maintenance release
    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.

    Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

    See the ChangeLog for details.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 137: Rory O'Donnell on the Java Test Fest
    Roger Brinkley
    Feature Interview: Rory O'Donnell, Senior Quality Engineering Manager, on LJUG Java Test Fest and how other JUGs can implement their own Java Test Fest.

    What's a TestFest? OpenJDK needs more high quality open testcases. Contributors to OpenJDK need to be confident that their changes are sound and do not cause problems elsewhere. The available testcases in OpenJDK are a great starting point. We want to build on those tests and expand both the number of tests and the test coverage of the JDK. We want to create a larger, more comprehensive, test suite for OpenJDK and we need your help to do that.

    Whats Cool

    • OpenJDK PowerPC Port: Endorsed and Funded
    • Hack OpenJDK with NetBeans IDE
    • The SD Times 100: 'Best in Show' in Software Development - OpenJDK in Influencers Category

    Read on for details.

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