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This is a picture of my son, Stevie Ray, learning SQL on my Surface Pro 2. I bought the Surface Pro 2 the day it was released. I didn’t pre-order it because I wanted to read what others had to say about it first. I’m an early-adopter, but not the earliest of adopters.
I did not like it at first. “Why not, Andy?” I’m glad you asked. The form ...
Have you heard of the monthly print and web magazine Database Trends & Applications (DBTA)? Did you know I'm the regular columnist covering SQL Server? For the past six months, I've been writing a series of articles about database benchmarking culminating in the latest article discussing my three favorite database ...
Storage has changed dramatically over the last three years driven by SSD developments.
Most of the key components necessary for a powerful storage system are available
and the cost is highly favorable for direct placement of data files.
Some additional infrastructure elements could greatly enhance the flexibility of storage systems with ...
The PerfMon Counters That Just Won't DieOne of the things that's simultaneously great and horrible about the Internet is that once something gets posted out in the ether, it basically never goes away. (Some day, politicians will realize this. We can easily fact check their consistency). Because of longevity of content posted to ...
Intel officially announced the Xeon E5 2600 series processor based on Sandy Bridge-EP variant with
upto 8 cores and 20MB LLC per socket.
Only one TPC benchmark accompanied product launch, summary below.
2 x Xeon E5-269082.9GHz512GB (16x32GB)2012IBM1,863.23
2 x Xeon ...
If you haven't started to read Shashank Pawar (blog), you're missing out. Shashank is part of Microsoft Australia and has been writing some very good content lately. Here's an example from the Reference Architecture for High Performance SQL Server:HP and Microsoft engineering teams have worked together to create a reference architecture to ...
The arrival of the Sandy Bridge EN and EP processors, expected in early 2012, will mark
the completion of a significant shift in Intel server strategy.
For the longest time 1995-2009, the strategy had been to focus on producing a premium processor
designed for 4-way systems that might also be used in 8-way systems and higher.
The objective ...
There has been relatively litle activity in TPC Benchmarks recently with the exception of the raft of Dell TPC-H results with Exa Solutions.
It could be that systems today are so powerful that few people feel the need for benchmarks.
IBM published an 8-way Xeon E7 (Westmere-EX) TPC-E result of 4593 in August, slightly higher
than the Fujitsu ...
Fusion-iO just announced the new ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo on Oct 2011 (at some conference of no importance).
The MLC models will be available late November and the SLC models afterwards.
See the Fusion-iO
press release for more info.
Below are the Fusion-IO ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo specifications.
The general idea seems to be for the ...
Today, it is actually possible to build a highly capable database
system in a laptop form factor. There is no point to running a production database
on a laptop. The purpose of this is so that consultants (i.e., me), can
investigate database performance issues without direct access to a full sized
server. It is only necessary to have ...