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Where’s Waldo

Just a quick update on my speaking schedule for the rest of the year (I hope this is all).

Big Data Technology Briefing – Texas Rangers Stadium (Arlington, TX) – 8/23/12
I’ll be talking about Hadoopie stuff.

Amazon Commit – Seattle, WA – 9/24/12
I’ll be talking about Controlling Execution Plans and also about Creative Problem Solving.

Oracle Open World – San Francisco – 10/2/12
I’ll be talking about Hadoop and Exadata.

UKOUG – Birmingham, England – 12/4/12
I’ll be talking about Controlling Execution Plans (again).
Presumably 12c DB will be released by then so some brand new stuff should be in this one.

Oracle DW Global Leaders Forum – Dallas – 12/13/12
I saw a flyer saying I was talking about “Big Data”.

Hope to see you at one of these events.

Exadoop

We started on an interesting mad scientist kind of project a couple of days ago.

One of our long time customers bought an Exadata last month. They went live with one system last week and are in the process of migrating several others. The Exadata has an interesting configuration. The sizing exercise done prior to the purchase indicated a need for 3 compute nodes, but the data volume was relatively small. In the end, a half rack was purchased and all four compute nodes were licensed, but 4 of the 7 storage servers were not licensed. So it’s basically a half rack with only 3 storage servers.

Ad: Mastering Oracle Trace Data

This is just a short post to point out that the company I work for, Trivadis, is organizing 3 classes with Cary Millsap. The topic, as the title suggests, is Cary’s 1-day class entitled “Mastering Oracle Trace Data”.

The following dates and locations are planned:

  • September 11, 2012 – Münich (DE)
  • September 13, 2012 – Zürich (CH)
  • September 18, 2012 – Vienna (AT)

For detailed information have a look to the flyer. Note that the early bird registration period, that entitles you a 15% discount, ends on August 1.

Hotsos Symposium 2012

It’s almost time for Hotsos’s 10th annual Symposium. This year’s conference will be held March 4 – 8 in Irving, Texas. The Hotsos Symposium is probably the best performance oriented Oracle conferences in the world. I am happy and humbled to be speaking at it again this year as the lineup of speakers is once again world class. It’s great to have several other Enkitec’ies on the bill as well. Both Karen Morton and Tanel Poder will be presenting too. Enkitec is also a sponsor of the event this year, so we’ll be hosting a couple of Exadata focused happy hours as well. There’s still time to register. Hope to see you there.

 

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I’ll be speaking at a couple of conferences over the next month or so. Here’s the schedule:

February 16th, in Denver at RMOUG Training Days 2012 - Topic: DIY Exadata
February 23rd, in Redwood Shores at NoCOUG Winter Conference - Topic: DIY Exadata
March 7th, in Dallas at Hotsos Symposium 2012 - Topic: Exadata Optimization – Case Studies

Ad: The Oracle Query Optimizer 2-Day Seminar

The 31st of January and 1st of February 2012 I will present a 2-day seminar about the Oracle query optimizer in Ballerup (DK). The event is organized by Miracle A/S. The content, which is based on the chapters 2, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 of my book, is the following:

Challenges and Chances of the 11g Query Optimizer

Challenges and Chances of the 11g Query Optimizer is the name of a presentation I gave at several events (e.g. Trivadis Performance Days, Oracle OpenWorld, DOAG Konferenz, UKOUG Conference) throughout 2011. Its abstract is the following:

With every new release, the query optimizer is enhanced. Oracle Database 11g Release 1 and Release 2 are no exception to the rule. Specifically, they introduce key improvements in the following areas: indexing, optimization techniques, object statistics and plan stability. The aim of this presentation is to review the new features from a practical point of view as well as to point out challenges related to them. In other words, to let you know what you can expect from the query optimizer when you upgrade to Oracle Database 11g.

Embarcadero Performance Panel

Karen Morton, Cary MIllsap and I will be participating in a on-line panel discussion about Oracle Performance on July 28th. Since we all worked together in the past we thought it would be a fun to listen to each other answer questions. Embarcadero is sponsoring this event and invited us to participate. Here’s a graphic from the mailer they sent out.

I only point it out because Cary and Karen look like they are posing for a picture, while I, as usual, look like someone just poured a drink down my pants. That’s normal though. I’ve been told I have a great face for radio.

Exadata Virtual Conference

I will be participating in an Exadata Virtual Conference which has been organized by Tanel Poder on August 3rd and 4th. This conference will follow the same format as the one Tanel and I did last year with Jonathan Lewis and Cary Millsap. It will be two half days which should provide some flexibility for people with busy schedules. The online format allows all participants to interact directly via chat while the speakers are presenting and then via voice during question and answer sessions. This is a great opportunity to talk to some guys that have done a bunch of work with Exadata. Andy Colvin will be discussing patching which has been problematic for some shops. Andy has done more patching than anyone I know.

Oracle Open World 2011 – Suggest a Session

Well my lone abstract submission didn’t get selected at Open World this year. But apparently they have a second chance system where you can “Suggest a Session” and users can vote on which papers they’d like to see on the agenda. I went ahead and suggested “Tuning Exadata” – It sounds like something you shouldn’t have to do, but remember that Exadata is not an appliance that has few or no knobs to turn. It has all the power and options of an Oracle database and there are certainly things that you can do wrong that will keep Exadata from performing at its best. So the paper is about how you can know for sure whether Exadata is doing what it should and how to coerce it if you need to.

The mix.oracle.com site where this voting is supposed to take place is a little difficult to navigate (in my humble opinion) so here’s a direct link to the page where you can see the abstract (and vote if you deem it worthy). ;)

Tuning Exadata

You will have to log in with your Oracle Single Signon account (what you use for My Oracle Support – or Metalink for the old guys) or I think you can create an separate account if you want. By the way, Andy Colvin has submitted an abstract for a talk on Exadata Patching, which should be very informative if it gets picked. He’s done more Exadata patching than anyone I am aware of. Here’s a link to his abstract:

Rolling with the Punches – Adventures in Exadata Patching

There will undoubtedly be many deserving abstracts. For example, several of my OakTable brethren have suggested sessions as well. So please look around the site for others of interest as well. You can vote for as many as you want.