Quickies: Hack Day, Sun T1000, Amazon S3
Yahoo! Hack Day
SmugMug was in the house at Hack Day 2006, and we had a great time! Many thanks to Yahoo for putting on such a great event – we learned a lot about Yahoo technologies and put together a great demo. Anytime they want to throw another one, we’ll be there. Fantastic group of people over at Yahoo.
Best part about it is that our demo will shortly be a shipping product our customers will love and that’ll generate extra revenue for our company. Oh, and BigWebGuy got his official hazing there at Hack Day – he coded for 36 hours straight (no sleep!) his first week on the job even though he was sick! Welcome to the family, Lee!
The Sun T1000 is very much still on our radar. I don’t want to do an in-depth update until we’re absolutely sure about what’s going on, but here’s a short summary of where we are.
I spent 5 hours over at Sun a few days after our initial results were posted with some very intelligent people. They were as perplexed at the results as I was, and were determined to get to the bottom of it. The good news is we now have a T1000 running Solaris side-by-side with a T1000 running Ubuntu which is side-by-side with our dual dual-core Opteron running Red Hat. The bad news is the Sun guys weren’t able to coax any more performance (yet!) out of the T1000.
We have a theory that we might be saturating the GigE port with raw # of interrupts per second, so it’s getting throttled there and starving the CPUs. So we have a gameplan for what to attack next – I’ve just been too swamped to deal with it for the last few weeks. We’ll get to it, though, I promise and I’ll share all the details.
I still haven’t posted the in-depth technical details and code samples I promised about our use of Amazon S3, but fear not – I’m actively working on it and will post it as soon as it’s done.
Just wanted you to know I hadn’t forgotten about you.
Incidentally, Jeremy Zawodny is playing around with using it for his personal backup storage. Sounds sweet!