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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Getting ready for the Sun Fire T2000 Server

T2000 Like Jeff, Bill and Bruce, I signed up for the free 60 day trial of the Sun Fire T2000 Server. Why? Because I heard you can get one for free if you blog about it enough. ;-) My plans are to setup continous integration environments for AppFuse and Roller using CruiseControl. I also hope to do some performance tests b/w Java persistence and web frameworks. Finally, I'd like to some single-server vs. clustered server performance tests using Tomcat.

When we built our house way back in 2004, we had it wired with fiber. Even though we still aren't using the fiber, I also had them install ethernet throughout. Today, I finally took advantage of it. I moved my cable modem downstairs and hooked up RJ45 connectors on both ends, so I can now plug my office network into an ethernet outlet on the wall. Good thing my Dad is a network guy - he made it all pretty damn easy.

It was a great afternoon in Denver: 85 degrees, cold Fat Tires in the fridge, kids running around playing in the kiddie pool - and I got my house re-wired in under 30 minutes. The "old basement" will soon become a server room. Now I need a rack - for the T2000 as well as an old Dell Dimension Fedora box. Any suggestions?

Posted in Open Source at Apr 09 2006, 06:38:06 PM MDT 8 Comments
Comments:

Matt, I've been reading your blog for sometime and am often overwhelmed with your humble attitude and the desire to help others. Keep it up and thanks for sharing your experience to the world. PS: I dont know why i got this sentimental feeling after reading this post, but thought would thank you publicly :)

Posted by Muthu Ramadoss on April 09, 2006 at 09:10 PM MDT #

Based on what I've been seeing it's going to take a lot more than day one stuff like setting up a continous integration environment or web framework performance tests to win.

Sun Fire T2000 Performance Contest

Posted by Ian Joyce on April 09, 2006 at 10:07 PM MDT #

Ian - that document looks a bit intimidating, and I doubt I'll go that far. I'm just looking to see how many concurrent users this Java stuff can handle on an enterprise-class system. It's more my motive to publish the numbers here for all to see than to enter them into a contest. Hopefully I'll find some performance issues along the way and make both products better for it.

Posted by Matt Raible on April 09, 2006 at 10:52 PM MDT #

I recently bought a desktop rack from http://www.racksupplystore.com/ and have been very happy with it. Nothing fancy but it works great for the couple of items I needed to rack.

Posted by Daniel R. on April 10, 2006 at 06:19 AM MDT #

XRackPro is very nice, but not at all cheap. Since you have a basement, you can get any old rack, but for those of us without basements, these are nice in terms of noise reduction, or needing to move things.

Posted by Ted Bergeron on April 10, 2006 at 11:18 AM MDT #

Matt - Keep an eye out on denver.craigslist.com for a rack. There are really nice ones that come up all the time and are relatively cheap.

Posted by Steve DeRidder on April 10, 2006 at 02:39 PM MDT #

Just came back to the chilly Northern Europe from a week in the +27C clear and sunny Denver. Brr...

Posted by Mikael Gueck on April 12, 2006 at 08:30 AM MDT #

Matt - Make sure you try out DTrace with Java on this server. I was fortunate to go to one of the free sun developer days recently and recieved quite an interesting overview of DTrace and how it can be used with Java.

You can download the presentation, titled DTrace and Java from Files from Developers Days. Best of luck with your benchmarks, looking forward to reaping the benefits when I next use appfuse or roller!.

Posted by Mark Wolfe on April 14, 2006 at 07:19 PM MDT #

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