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Delphix plus three years

Today marks my third anniversary of joining Delphix. Joining a startup, I knew there would be lots to learn — indeed there’s been a lesson nearly once-a-day. Here are my...
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Topics in post-mortem debugging

A couple of weeks ago, Joyent hosted A Midsummer Night’s Systems meetup, a fun event with talks ranging from Node.js fatwas to big data for Mario Kart 64. My colleague...
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Delphix and Flash

I started working with flash in 2006 — fortunate timing as flash was just starting to take hold in the enterprise. I started asking customers I’d visit about flash. I’ll...
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On Systems Software

A prospective new college hire recently related an odd comment from his professor: systems programming is dead. I was nonplussed; what could the professor have meant? Systems is clearly very...
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The Holistic Engineer

The idea of the holistic engineer embodies the point of view that an engineer needs to consider the whole system, the whole body of work that makes a product successful....
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ZFS fundamentals: transaction groups

I’ve continued to explore ZFS as I try to understand performance pathologies, and improve performance. A particular point of interest has been the ZFS write throttle, the mechanism ZFS uses...
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illumos and ZFS days

Back in October I was pleased to attend — and my employer, Delphix, was pleased to sponsor — illumos day and ZFS day, run concurrently with Oracle Open World. Inspired...
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ZFS trivia: metaslabs and growing vdevs

Lately, I’ve been rooting around in the bowels of ZFS as we’ve explored some long-standing performance pathologies. To that end I’ve been fortunate to learn at the feet of Matt...
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illumos hackathon 2012: user-land types for DTrace

At the illumos hackathon last week, Robert Mustacchi and I prototyped better support for manipulating user-land structures. As anyone who’s used it knows, DTrace is currently very kernel-centric — this...
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Webex utilities

I wish that none of our customers encountered problems with our product, but they do, and when they do our means for remotely accessing their systems is often via a...
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