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SPCS001: Intel Next-Generation Haswell Microarchitecture

This is session SPCS001, titled “Technology Insight: Intel Next Generation Microarchitecture Code Name Haswell”. The speakers are Tom Piazza, Hong Jiang, Per Hammarlund, and Ronak Singhal, Sr.

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IDF 2012 Keynote, Day 1

This is a liveblog of the day 1 keynote at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012 at Moscone West in San Francisco, CA. This is my first time attending IDF, and I appreciate the invitation to attend from Intel. (Disclosure: My travel expenses are being reimbursed and I was given a pass to attend, but I am not receiving any other form of compensation.)

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A VMworld 2012 Wrap-Up

Now that a week or so has passed, I thought I’d post a quick “link review” of VMworld 2012. Think of this like a VMworld-specific version of Technology Short Takes.

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Subduing OpenStack Is a Bit Strong

Mirantis, a company that “delivers OpenStack cloud and open source application infrastructure” (taken from their About page), recently posted a blog entry about how accepting VMware as an OpenStack Foundation gold member was a mistake. In the post, the author states:

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Compiling libvirt 0.10.1 on Ubuntu 12.04

I guess I’m a glutton for punishment, because after successfully compiling libvirt 0.10.1 on CentOS 6.3, I came back to try it again on Ubuntu (my first attempt was not successful). Here is the process I followed to get libvirt 0.10.1 compiled and running on Ubuntu 12.04.

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Compiling libvirt 0.10.1 on CentOS 6.3

In my post on installing KVM and Open vSwitch on Ubuntu, I mentioned that I was using libvirt as the virtualization API/toolkit by which to manage KVM. Unfortunately, that particular version of libvirt didn’t have built-in support for Open vSwitch; that was added in libvirt 0.9.11 (I think that I was using 0.9.8 in my testing). In any case, I noticed that libvirt had released 0.10.1 on August 31, and it included a couple of OVS fixes regarding VLANs and VLAN support (among a host of other fixes; see here for more details). Considering that OVS is a key focus area for me (it’s foundational to OpenStack Quantum), I thought I’d upgrade my test system to the latest version of libvirt. Because the release was so new, there weren’t yet any precompiled binary packages of the latest version, which meant I had to compile and install it on my own.

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Installing KVM on CentOS 6.3

After spending some time working with KVM on Ubuntu (see this post), I thought it might be worthwhile to try the same thing on a different Linux distribution. I like Ubuntu (generally), but wanted to try it on a Red Hat/CentOS system. So, here’s a look at installing KVM on CentOS 6.3. To be honest, it’s actually pretty simple. For another look at the process, see this HowtoForge post.

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APP-CAP2956: Inside the Hadoop Machine

This is a session blog for APP-CAP2956, Inside The Hadoop Machine. Presenting are Jeff Buell (VMware), Richard McDougall (VMware), and Sanjay Radia (Hortonworks).

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INF-BCO2655: FT for SMP VMs Tech Preview

This is a session blog for INF-BCO2655, titled “VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance for Multiprocessor Virtual Machines - Technical Preview.” The presenters are both from VMware (naturally); they are Jim Chow and Shrinand Javadekar. I’m looking forward to seeing what progress has been made on this front since the last time VMware spoke about the possibility of multi-vCPU FT.

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APP-CAP2165: Operating Cloud Foundry

This is a session blog for APP-CAP2165, Operating Cloud Foundry. The speakers are Mark Kropf, Brian McClain, and Dave McCrory (formerly of VMware and now with Warner Music Group). I have no previous experience with Cloud Foundry so I’m really looking forward to this session.

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