Thursday, April 2, 2009

Nehalem, APEX, OpenWorld, AIA, Coding, New Performance Blog, Finding Locking using ASH

Nehalem Chip

The article over at Structured Data, though posted on April 1st, has a disclaimer at the bottom that's it's not a joke: 2X the performance on databases when using the new Nehalem Processor. Ok, everyone, time to upset the accountants and hardware people in your organization and put in your orders for new servers.


David Peake's group has added a few new sections to the APEX page over at OTN. See details at his blog here.


This week at the Oracle E-Business Suite blog:

OpenWorld Call for Papers

Ok, this is it, your chance for fame and fortune! Ok, well fame anyway. All right, notoriety in a limited circle of technologists. But that's something! For the first time ever Oracle has issued a public call for papers for OpenWorld this fall. Find out more in this posting at the OTN Tech blog.


Building SOA and wondering what the big noise is about Foundation Pack? Well the Official AIA Blog has a good overview posting to see what you are missing and help explain to your management why you need FP in your life. It's to be found right here.


Over at the Database Geek Blog there is a discussion of global variables, and a reasoned argument for why they are often a bad idea.

New Performance Blog

Well, not all that new, really, but until Eddie Awad pointed it out in his blog I hadn't noticed Dion Cho's Oracle Performance Storyteller blog. Some good stuff there, have a look. The storyteller blog in turn points out a neat posting from Tanel Poder from way back in August that I missed sharing with you: Library Cache Latches Gone in Oracle 11g. What on earth are highly paid performance gurus to do if we at Oracle keep automating and improving things? Work on good design and properly written SQL to really improve the situation? Nah! Just find some new obscure parameters to tune.

Finding Locking Using ASH

One of the handy things you can do with ASH is find locking, as described by Doug Burns in this three-part series at his blog:

Non Oracle Item of the Day

I've never felt an overwhelming urge to go to Hamburg, but the largest miniature train display in the world makes it a definite possibility. See a video on it here.

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