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Hadoop on an Oracle SPARC T4-2 Server
simultaneously run up to 64 software threads
Jeff Taylor sales he "recently configured a Oracle SPARC T4-2 server to store and process a combination of 2 types of data:

  • Critical and sensitive data. ACID transactions are required. Security is critical. This data needs to be stored in an Oracle Database.

  • High-volume/low-risk data that needs to be processed using Apache Hadoop. This data is stored in HDFS.

Based on the requirements, I configured the server using a combination of:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC, used for hard partitioning of system resources such as CPU, memory, PCIe buses and devices.

  • Oracle Solaris Zones to host a Hadoop cluster as shown in Orgad Kimchi's How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster Using Oracle Solaris Zones

The configuration is shown in the following diagram:..."

So, what makes Solaris Zones so cool?
Karoly Vegh Provides 10 Reasons
Karoly Vegh writes, "This post is about the third option, a container technology built right into Solaris: Solaris Zones. They are pretty awesome, especially on Solaris 11 - they're like vacation: once you go Zones, you won't want to leave them :) But what exactly makes Zones so cool?

There are a number of reasons, allow me to list my favourite top 10:..."

  • Solaris Zones are performance overheadless
  • Resource Management
  • the Golden Image cloning
  • Zone independence
  • Branded Zones
  • Cluster integration
  • Immutable Zones
  • Exclusive IP stack with VNICs
  • zonestat
  • Per-zone fstype statistics

Read on for details.

DTrace with PHP Update
DTrace is an always-available, low overhead, tracing framework
"I've recently been working with the in-built DTrace code in PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5, specifically stabilizing its configuration on Solaris and Oracle Linux," writes Christopher Jones.

"DTrace is an always-available, low overhead, tracing framework that has just celebrated its 10th Birthday. DTrace support in PHP was originally via a separate PECL extension. In PHP 5.4 David Soria Parra (then at Sun) merged DTrace functionality to core PHP making it more accessible..."

How to Use Hardware Fault Management in Oracle Linux
by Robert Chase

Robert Chase writes, "In this article, we will focus on two hardware fault management features and the corresponding tools used with these features in Oracle Linux:

  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and the ipmitool tool
  • Machine Check Exceptions (MCEs) and the mcelog, mce-inject, and mce-test tools

The following sections provide an overview of the technology, describe common use cases, and provide instructions for installing and configuring the tools in Oracle Linux. Several examples show how the tools can be used to capture and report important hardware information you can use in your daily operations..."

Direct I/O and SR-IOV features are now extended to Non-Primary root domains
Opens up various opportunities for deployment.
Raghuram Kothakota writes, "Until now OVM Server for SPARC Direct I/O and SR-IOV features were limited to PCIe buses assigned to the primary domain only. This restriction is now removed with the release of OVM Server for SPARC 3.1. That is, now you can assign a PCIe bus to a logical domain and then assign PCIe slots or SR-IOV Virtual Functions from that PCIe bus to other domains. This opens up many different creative opportunities. For example it enables configuration such as below:..."
Misys Kondor+ runs best on SPARC T5
Shows the superiority of SPARC in a real-life deployment
"Misys is a leading financial software vendor, providing the broadest portfolio of banking, treasury, trading and risk solutions available on the market," writes Frederic Pariente. "At ISV Engineering, we have a long-standing collaboration with the Kondor+ product line, that came from the Turaz acquisition (formerly part of Thomson Reuters) and now part of the Misys Treasury & Capital Markets (TCM) portfolio. Jean-Marc Jacquot, Senior Technical Consultant at Misys TCM, was recently interviewed by ITplace.TV (in French language) about a recent IT redesign of the Kondor+ installed base at a major French financial institution..."
    Oracle's Next-Generation Application Engineered Storage
    Live Webcast September 10, 2013 10am PDT/1pm EDT
    Join Oracle storage executives as we introduce Oracle's next-generation Application Engineered Storage solutions, the only storage co-engineered to work with Oracle Database and Oracle Applications. Get ready to meet our newest storage products that can help your enterprise increase application performance, while reducing sprawl and complexity.

    Attend the Webcast to learn about how Oracle's Application Engineered Storage:

    • Delivers breakthrough efficiency and performance
    • Achieves unmatched advantages for Oracle applications through deep co-engineering of Oracle Storage with Oracle software
    • Benefits high-performance NAS, Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse, video streaming and virtualized server environments

    Register for this launch Webcast.

    OpenStorage Summit to be Held With Open Server Summit
    October 22-24
    Open Server Summit, a leading Silicon Valley conference for the server industry, announces that this year's meeting will join forces with the OpenStorage Summit presented by Nexenta. The combined Summits will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from October 22-24, 2013.

    The expanded format will offer attendees exposure to both tracks of Summit content, expanding the breadth of the Open Architecture in the Server Industry to include for the first time in-depth insight into OpenStorage. Dr. Lance Levanthal, Open Server Summit Chairperson, said, "The joint event further cements our dedication to serve the needs of a global audience focused on open design initiatives in the server industry."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 186 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 185 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5
    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:

    • SPARC M6 processor unveiled at the Hot Chips conference
    • Top 10 signs your CIO isn't ready for the modern web
    • SPARC M5 Domaining Best Practices Whitepaper
    • Cross-CPU migration in LDoms 3.1
    • New reasons why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases
    • Upgrading to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 using Solaris 11.1
    • Java Spotlight Episode 143: Arun Gupta on the Java EE 7 Essentials Book @arungupta
    • Sysadmin and Systems Developer Newsletter
    • Oracle Unveils Latest Engineered System for Enterprise Virtualization
    • LibreOffice 4.1.1

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

      Administering Solaris Zones
      An excerpt from Chapter 17 of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide
      This is an excerpt from Chapter 17, "Administering Solaris Zones," of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide by Michael Ernest (McGraw-Hill Professional; 2013) with permission from McGraw-Hill. Download a PDF of the full chapter. Also, read a Q&A with the author.

      "You are about to learn how to create and configure a Solaris Zone, observe it in its various states of being, and manage it as it runs on your system. For those of you who need to get on with learning about other virtualization techniques available on Solaris and other operating systems, learning how zones work will give you a solid conceptual foundation for those subjects.

      You've been learning about zones already -- or at least the key parts that make up one. For example, you've learned to configure projects, an abstraction for treating a group of processes as a workload. You've learned how to set limits with process, task, and project resource controls, and you've learned about global resource controls such as memory caps, process scheduling, and CPU provisioning. You can create a new ZFS file system with its own property controls for any occasion you deem fit. And you know that you can now create virtual NICs whenever you need a new logical network resource..."

      Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1
      Provides a new level of functional capability, representing the continued investment and enhancement of this flexible and powerful virtualization capability
      Jeff Savit writes, "A new release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC has been released with performance improvements and enhanced operational flexibility. The details are described in the formal documentation and in other blogs, but here are some highlights:

      • Dramatically improved virtual network performance
      • Cross CPU live migration enhancements (domain migration between different SPARC CPU types)
      • Dynamic Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)
      • Infiniband SR-IOV
      • Non-primary root domains

      ... Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 provides a new level of functional capability, representing the continued investment and enhancement of this flexible and powerful virtualization capability. For more information, please see the Virtualization Blog announcement at Announcing Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 Release and the What's New in Oracle VM Server for SPARC Software page..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16
      maintenance release
      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.18 has just been released.

      This is a maintenance release containing bug fixes. For the full list of fixes see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.

      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.

      NetBeans Podcast 66
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