System z Expo, Las Vegas, 13-17 October

(Originally posted 2008-09-25.)

With a couple of working days to go before the deadline I’ve completed my two presentations for Expo.

As usual I’ve added some new stuff, based on new technologies and some situations I’ve encountered. And rather than throwing older stuff out I’ve moved most of it to backup foils. While I’m prepared to present the backup material I don’t expect to have time to in the sessions. But at least you’ll have the material. And at other times, in other places, I can present the material.

As my presentations are of the “evolutionary” variety I suspect if you saw me present twice in a year you’d barely feel they’d changed at all. Hopefully most people see them but once a year and get value out of what has changed.

So, here are the two sessions I’m giving:

  • Much Ado About CPU – Now with z10 Too

    Depending on your perspective the most notable new stuff is

      Structure-Level Coupling Facility CPU
    • More focused zIIP and zAAP stuff
    • Blocked Workloads
    • z10 Hiperdispatch
  • Memory Matters in 2009

    For some reason the organisers of the US conference think I should be ultra forward looking and name the presentation after the coming year. In Europe we seem to be more relaxed about this and the same presentation would be “in 2008”. To be honest I don’t know which I called it for GSE Conference (which is at the end of October).

    Again, depending on your perspective the most notable new stuff is

    • More on paging subsystem design and dump space
    • System z10 1MB pages
    • z/OS Release 10 64-Bit Common

It’s going to be interesting to catch up with some of the other presenters and to see what they think is interesting to talk about. And to see some friendly customers I haven’t seen for a year.

I’ll also be updating you via Twitter: Remember my id is MartinPacker so feel free to follow me and to interact with me on Twitter. I’m going to be using the hashtag #zOSExpo2008 and would encourage other twitterers at the conference to do the same. Using a hashtag to mark tweets has worked well at other conferences. I expect, for instance, to flag what session I’m in. So you might want to ensure questions you’re interested in get asked. Of course, I’d have to find the question interesting and not to have asked too manyquestions already. ๐Ÿ™‚ You know how difficult that’ll be. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think you can tell I’m looking forward to this conference (don’t I always?) even if the flights are bit of a bore and so’s the jetlag. I have been to Las Vegas three times before and have the Saturday after the conference free. I think I might hire a car and get out of town and take my camera with me. Anyone else attending who has the same idea?

And if you were wondering about going I can tell you the agenda looks easily good enough to make it a great use of time. Join me in Las Vegas!

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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