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It’s just after midnight here and I’ve just got home from the Seventh Meeting of the Sydney Open Solaris User Group.

Only one speaker tonight, but wow, what a talk.

Nathan Kroenert from the Enterprise Support Group in PTS gave us a two hour spiel on why Niagra is nearly as good as rare steak.

This was a very different look at a Sun Fire T1000 to the one that is normally given. Nathan was looking at it from the viewpoint of someone who generally works with much larger machinery and investigating just how badly he could treat it and how it would respond.

The presentation was given from a Sun Ray running on the box while he hammered it with such nasties as filling the store buffer, running highly optimised code that would live in the cache and severely hammering the poor single disk in it. He showed how to look at how the box was performing as well as being generally entertaining.

We did capture this on video, but it remains to be seen how big the two hour (and a bit) presentation will be.

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Written by Alan

May 23, 2006 at 7:39 am

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