GSE Conference 2007

(Originally posted 2007-11-05.)

Last week I attended GSE Conference for the first time in a long while. And I’m very glad I did.

Let’s get the egotistical bit out of the way first…

I very much enjoyed presenting Memory Matters in 2008. If you’ve seen me present it before you might notice some minor tweakings. We learn as we go, don’t we. 🙂 As usual the challenge is “too much material”.

I attended a number of other presentations. For me the highlights were:

  • Fabio Massimo Ottaviani’s presentation on zIIPs and zAAPs. This gave me some new ideas for charts – though I think I have to get the hang of zIIP/zAAP normalisation factors before I can implement them.
  • Mike Duffy gave a good presentation on Sysplex Distributor.
  • John Campbell was great value, demonstrating (in a painfully practical way) 🙂 what it takes to deliver High Availability. “Don’t trust a machine you can lift” comes to mind. 🙂 His proper topic was “DB2 Availability”.
  • Scott Drummond took Bob Rogers’ (or is it Harry Yudenfriend’s?) 🙂 foils on “More Data” and ran with them. Actually I think I might steal the foils off all of them and add my own touches – probably to add in some DB2 perspectives. This would be a 3-way “crossover” presentation: z/OS / z9, DB2 and DFSMS / DS8000.

And it was great to run into many customer and vendor friends. Thanks to BMC for the pretty t-shirt 🙂 and to BluePhoenix for the USB hub. And it was nice to spend time with most of my unit and my manager Gerry. Almost a team meeting.

Anyhow enjoy the foils and (perhaps) tell me what you think of them. They will evolve.

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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