System z Technical Conference, San Antonio TX

(Originally posted 2007-09-26.)

Last week I was at the System z Tech Conference (again getting my zeds mixed up with my zees). πŸ™‚

I presented 4 times, one of which was a repeat. What’s especially nice is that I got 87 attendees for the “Memory Matters in 2008” presentation – spread across 2 sessions. This was despite the second time being the very last session of the conference… and 22 people still showed up to that! So thanks to everyone who listened to me, made comments and asked questions. I had a great time!

It was also nice to hear people (one high profile in this industry) mention that they followed this blog. But that gives me a greater sense of responsibility to contribute more to it.

Now that z/OS R.9 is right around the corner I feel an entry on SMF using System Logger coming on. And I’d better add that to the “SMF Management” wiki. I think THIS might be the way to go with some of our SMF management requirements.

The overwhelming theme of the conference was how much confusion there STILL is surrounding zIIPs and zAAPs. And I’m not sure I’m not adding to it myself. πŸ™‚ Certainly there were many sessions on specialty engines. And the shows of hands in sessions showed that both zIIPs and zAAPs are gaining momentum, with lots of customers using them. Add to that the recent statements of direction regarding XML and zIIPs and zAAPs and DB2 V9’s DDF SQL Stored Procedures support of zIIP. (And I can’t speak to how the Linux / z/VM crowd feel about IFLs – as I didn’t attend ANY of their sessions – but I get the impression IFLs are doing well.)

And the week before last I spent two days talking with hardware and software developers in Poughkeepsie. So I’m pretty confident there’ll be stuff to talk about in this blog for many years to come. πŸ™‚

Again, thanks to everyone who in one way or another contributed to my trip to Poughkeepsie and San Antonio being a success. Next stop Ehningen and Boeblingen. πŸ™‚

Published by Martin Packer

I'm a mainframe performance guy and have been for the past 35 years. But I play with lots of other technologies as well.

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