July 21, 2011
Thinking Clearly About Performance - Cary Millsap, Method-R
NOTE: this month's meeting is the THIRD Thursday to accomodate Cary's schedule
I'm sure most of you know of Cary Millsap, co-founder of HOTSOS and grandfather of the concept of Oracle Tuning via the Wait Interface. Cary's latest venture is Method R Corporation which is a software performance company that he founded. They specialize in system optimizations using an approach called Method-R which focuses on response time analysis. In Cary's words, "Performance is response time." Method-R Corporation provides consulting services to fix the problems for you, education services to teach you how to fix the problems for yourself, and software tools to assist in these efforts.
Creating high-performance as an attribute of complex software is extremely difficult business for developers, technology administrators, architects, system analysts, and project managers. However, by understanding some fundamental principles, performance problem solving and prevention can be made far simpler and more reliable. This presentation describes those principles, linking them together in a coherent journey covering the goals, the terms, the tools, and the decisions that you need to maximize your application's chance of having a long, productive, high-performance life. Examples touch upon Oracle experiences, but the scope is not restricted to Oracle products.
Cary Millsap is an entrepreneur, software technology advisor, software developer, and Oracle software performance specialist. His technical papers are quoted in many Oracle books, in Wikipedia, in blogs all over the world, and in dozens of conference presentations each month. His blog is read by thousands of people each month. He has presented at hundreds of public and private events around the world. He wrote the book "Optimizing Oracle Performance" (O'Reilly 2003), for which he and co-author Jeff Holt were named Oracle Magazine's 2004 Authors of the Year.
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