Monthly Archives: August 2006

Erlang processes are human too

Via Ludo I came to read why processes scale better than threads (a topic that comes around every now and then). But the case is really made in Joe Armstrong’s recent Concurrency is Easy where he does a great job connecting the philosophy behind erlang to common human experiences. Each human is a process you […]

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Evaluating proxy engines and load balancers for mongrel-driven ruby on rails applications: an introduction and an open call

Zed Shaw’s mongrel “is a fast HTTP library and server for Ruby that is intended for hosting Ruby web applications of any kind using plain HTTP rather than FastCGI or SCGI.” And saying that it’s “fast” is true. The performance you get from a single mongrel process listening on a port is quite good. You […]

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Thin Provisioning in ZFS

Ah, Ben understands and did a great demonstration of thin provisioning (also read Dave’s Blog) with ZFS using sparse volumes (zvols). HUGE. The ability to thin provision storage is a very “enterprise” feature that one can know get from free when using ZFS+Opensolaris. When combined with ethernet-based storage networks (iSCSI), it’s unstoppable. Ben’s also a […]

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Thanks for the Techcrunchy party

The Techcrunch party was a good time and it’s always nice to see friends and even some hosting customers. Thank you Arrington et al. I had a beer for those of you who couldn’t make it. Picture by Scott Beale of Laughing Squid

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We’ll be in London in September for RailsConf Europe 2006

The talks schedule is out for the first Rails Conference in Europe and both Koz and I are giving talks. I’ll be talking about Ruby On Rails Applications: A Systems View and Koz is called Playing Nice with Others . My talk is related to the Scale with rails work and God knows what Koz’s […]

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