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CLDS006: Exploring New Xeon E5 Optimizations for 10 Gb Ethernet

This is session CLDS006, “Exploring New Intel Xeon Processor E5 Based Platform Optimizations for 10 Gb Ethernet Network Infrastructures.” That’s a long title! The speakers are Brian Johnson from Intel and Alex Rodriguez with Expedient.

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DATS002: Big Data Meets High Performance Computing

This is session DATS002, titled “Big Data Meets High Performance Computing.” The speakers are John Hengeveld from Intel and Micahel Franklin from UC Berkeley. The title sounds like this might be a marketing session, but I’m hoping that this material will be substantial instead of just fluff.

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CLDS001: ODCA and Usage Models for Cloud Computing

This is session CLDS001, titled “The Open Data Center Alliance and Developing a Usage Model Roadmap for Cloud Computing.” The presenters are Mario Mueller, VP of IT Infrastructure at BMW Group and John Pereira, a marketing director at Intel. Both Mueller and Pereira are also involved with the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA).

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COMS002: Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure with Data Plane Virtualization

This is session COMS002, titled “Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure with Data Plane Virtualization.” The speaker is Edwin Verplanke, a System Architect with Intel.

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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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