Wednesday OpenWorld

Well, it was a long day but it ended in a fun way.

Today I was back to the normal OpenWorld sessions starting with the general session. It was eye-opening because the speakers described a new CPU chip that they were using in their latest servers.  It had some custom elements to support database processing.  It was strange because I have recently been studying the latest Intel x86 documentation and it was interesting to compare Intel’s chips with the latest Sun/Oracle chip.  I had read about the specialized SIMD instructions in the x86 family that Intel uses to speed up graphics. So, I was not surprised that Oracle is including more complex additions to their new chip with specialized instructions.  Still, I question whether people are really going to buy anything but Intel x86 at this point due to the price/performance.

Next I went to a session describing the way a company used a tool called Chef to manage their Weblogic deployments.  The session topic interested me because we also use Weblogic at US Foods.  But it was a little hard to follow.  Maybe it would have helped if I had been exposed to Chef before hearing the talk. Still, it was good to know that there are tools out there to help automate deployment of new systems.

Next I caught a PeopleSoft in the Cloud talk. It seems that you will install the latest version of PeopleTools in a very different way than you did in the past.  I got the feeling that this was just a part way step toward fully setting up PeopleSoft to run in the cloud.

Then I went to a really cool talk about how Ticketmaster sells 20,000 tickets in one minute. It was about their MySQL architecture.  They have a large farm of MySQL servers supporting the queries behind their ticketing web site.  But, they use Oracle for the updates related to ticket purchases.

Then I went to a talk on Oracle ZFS.  I get the feeling that I need to learn more about ZFS. It seems that ZFS is an ancestor of Delphix and I know that there is a free OpenZFS that I might play with. I think that Tim Gorman, who works for Delphix, mentioned something about OpenZFS  at his Ted talk at Oak Table World Tuesday so there may be some relationship.

Lastly I went to a talk about how you can use Oracle’s Enterprise Manager to support both on site and cloud databases.  It sounds good but I think it still need to mature over time to support the cloud systems more fully.

Then at 5:30 pm I went to a fun bloggers party sponsored by Pythian and the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).  I’m not a big party person but I had a good time.  It was easy to strike up a conversation with people since we had a lot in common.

Anyway, enough for today.  One more day Thursday and then my brain will overflow. 🙂


About Bobby

I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I've been working as an Oracle database administrator and PeopleSoft administrator since 1994. I'm very interested in Oracle performance tuning.
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