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The Solaris Performance Wiki is a community to provide a go-to reference for the key information related to Solaris Performance. Here we aim to provide a top level index to the essential performance information, by either linking to existing references (blogs etc...) and providing original documentation where necessary. Please update the WishList with items you want to see on the Wiki.


Specifying Physical Disk Locations for AI Installations (Robert Milkowski's blog)

    (Fri February 27 2015) One of the very useful features in Solaris is the ability to identify physical disk location on supported hardware (mainly Oracle x86 and SPARC servers). This not only makes it easier to identify a fa...

IPv6 and IPv4 name resolution with Go (/dev/dump)

    (Sun February 22 2015) As part of a work-related project, I'm writing code that needs to resolve DNS names using Go, on illumos.While doing this work, I noticed a very surprising thing.  When a host has both IPv6 and I...

ZFS: ZIL Train (Robert Milkowski's blog)

    (Fri February 20 2015) ZFS ZIL performance improvements in Solaris 11...

Programming language debuggability (Dave Pacheco's Blog)

    (Wed February 18 2015) A few weeks ago I had the fortune to attend a talk by Douglas Crockford on various ideas related to JavaScript past and future and programming language design. The talk was thoughtful and well-receiv...

Rise of mangos (/dev/dump)

    (Wed February 11 2015) What is mangos?Those of you who follow me may have heard about this project I've created called mangos.Mangos is a lightweight messaging system designed to be wire compatible with nanomsg, but is impl...

Debugging enhancements in Node 0.12 (Dave Pacheco's Blog)

    (Wed February 11 2015) (also on the Joyent blog) Background Node.js provides the richest postmortem debugging facilities of just about any dynamic language. Postmortem debugging refers to debugging programs from a core fil...

SmartDataCenter and the merits of being opinionated (The Observation Deck)

    (Thu February 5 2015) Recently, Randy Bias of EMC (formerly of CloudScaling) wrote an excellent piece on Why “Vanilla OpenStack” doesn’t exist and never will. If you haven’t read it and you are anyw...

Native IPS Manifests (Robert Milkowski's blog)

    (Wed February 4 2015) We used to use pkgbuild tool to generate IPS packages. However recently I started working on internal Solaris SPARC build and we decided to use IPS fat packages for x86 and SPARC platforms, similarly ...

Event accouncement : Oracle Business Breakfast Berlin - 20.2.2015- "Oracle Solaris 11.2 in der Praxis" (

    (Tue February 3 2015) (The event is in german language, so i will continue in german) Mein Kollege Detlef Drewanz wird am 20. Februar in Berlin im Rahmen der Oracle Breakfasts einen Vortrag zum Thema "Oracle Solaris 11.2...

Multi-CPU Bindings (Robert Milkowski's blog)

    (Mon February 2 2015) Interesting blog entry on Multi-CPU Bindings introduced in Solaris 11.2....

Zones + Docker (Robert Milkowski's blog)

    (Fri January 30 2015) Bryan Cantrill on SmartOS + Docker. Docker and the Future of Containers in Production from bcantrill ...

Predicteria 2015 (The Observation Deck)

    (Tue January 6 2015) Fifteen years ago, I initiated a time-honored tradition among my colleagues in kernel development at Sun: shortly after the first of every year, we would get together at our favorite local restaurant ...

2014 in review: Docker rising (The Observation Deck)

    (Fri January 2 2015) When looking back on 2014 from an infrastructure perspective, it’s hard not to have one word on the lips: Docker. (Or, as we are wont to do in Silicon Valley when a technology is particularly ...


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