Rundown of the last 1 odd years….

I had just started and after two entries disappeared?  hmmm..  yes apologize for staying away…

Lets do a rundown of the last 1 odd years..

1.  ASM book launch was good, the book is doing good in the  market its interesting to see how well ASM is being adopted in the Oracle space. Is time to update this book for the next release?   with 11gR2 released maybe something to consider.. need to get in touch with the other authors.  maybe soon..

2.  Did do several presentations at the OOW 2008:
1. Looking under the hood at the  Oracle clusterware (2). Understanding Oracle RAC   (3). Tools and utilities available on metalink . All presentations where well attended, several good questions and while sharing we also learn.  Will I be a the OOW09?  ;OOW is a great place to meet up with several of the Oracle users from all over the world.  Unlike the earlier open world shows, OOW  has become more technical in the recent years and there is a lot we learn from some the excellent topics presented in the RAC space.  Its the lack of time or session conflicts that prevent many of us from attending all of them.

3. RAC SIG..
The RAC SIG had opened elections for its officer positions.  As mentioned before, I wanted a smaller role, besides I could not stay away from not working with user groups. Stood for the ‘International Chair’ position and was elected.  This is a great role, because it allows me to helping take the RAC SIG to the next level.  We are encouraging starting smaller SIGS in the various regions of the world.  Actually China, Singapore and India have adopted this already, with several meetings already scheduled and organized we hope other regions will also do the same..

Great start, and 2008 was a great year. we had two technology nights at Bangalore and Hyderabad.  Great start, great interest from Oracle users in India.  In 2009 we have already done our first quarterly meeting in Mumbai, instead of a technight we organized a techday.  We wanted to try this based on the feedback received from the other two tech events.
We just completed our next major event ‘3 day Oracle user conference Sangam’09.  With Tom Kyte being the key speaker for the event, we also had other speakers from inside and outside Oracle.  More about it in a separate blog.

Sangam09 just completed, OOW just around the corner. . lot to write and share.. not to mention more technical content also on RAC and ASM


Back from UKOUG 2007

UKOUG is really a very well organized conference. A conference I look forward to attend every year, either as speaker or as an attendee. This years conference was no different as usual great. Unbelievable set of presenters on great topics. It was interesting to see some excellent RAC related topics this year. I did give a presentation on “Exploiting Parellel Queries in a RAC Environment” just focusing on RAC related areas. Apart from this I also had the opportunity to chair a RAC roundtable on the final day.

Julian Dykes presentation was different compared to last year. Those who attended last years UKOUG presentation, Julian had done a presentation where he requested some attendees (including myself) to act as Oracle instances to demonstrate Cache Fusion. Here are some photographs from this session last year (courtesy Connor McDonald) Picture 1 and picture 2. This year his presentation focused on Interconnects. Was excellent as usual. Here is another view from Alex’s blog on this presentation..

There were 4-5 papers from CERN on RAC topics, two of the ones I had attended are 1) Real Life experiences of RAC Scalability with a 6 Node Cluster, 2) Installing and Managing Hundreds of RAC Servers. Its interesting to see more and more companies undertaking challenging projects using Oracle RAC.

Another outstanding presentation was on Oracle Clusterware By Bernhard de Cock Buning. He explained the clusterware details with such great detail. Showing all the components of the clusterware and then drilling down into each component at a greater detail. The new component piece that I learnt from this presentation was the oclsomon, which was introduced in Oracle and I have not covered this in my Oracle 10g RAC Grid Services and Clustering book. Great job Bernhard..

I will discuss about oclsmon later on this blog.

I hope these presenters can do a webcast on these topics for the Oracle RAC-SIG.