Posts for year 2009 (old posts, page 2)

Late feature addition – to the KCA speaker list

In case you weren’t quite convinced about just how cool, uuuuber, and just plain old fantastic an opportunity Kernel Conference Australia is, then you should consider this. We’ve got one more speaker coming along:

Brendan Gregg, member of the Fishworks team, author of the DTraceToolkit, co-author of Solaris Performance and Tools.

Naturally, he’ll be talking about DTrace and all the serious and crazy (and seriously crazy) things he’s done with it over the years.


15 – 17 July, 2009


Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Conference homepage

Full abstracts

Registration page

Kernel Conference Australia – earlybird price closes *TOMORROW*

Just a short reminder that if you want to come to Kernel Conference Australia at the earlybird price of $195, then you’ve got until the end of this Friday, 12 June, to get your registration happening.

If you’re interested in any of these areas:

  • linux kernel crypto services

  • ZFS deduplication

  • cross-architecture OS and driver porting

  • packet filtering and QOS

  • TCP/IP protocol security

  • bug finding tools for OpenSource Operating Systems

  • network virtualisation, or

  • how a DB engine can really hurt your system

then Kernel Conference Australia is definitely for you.

Dates: 15 – 17 July, 2009

Venue: Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

The student price is still $95, too.

For full abstracts please see

For the conference homepage, see

And for registration, Go Without Delay To

I look forward to seeing you there.

First ride up Mt Coot-tha!

Today Tim and I celebrated the last public holiday in Queensland before Christmas by cycling up Mt Coottha. It was my first time going up the mountain (glad I’d put my slicks on last night), and boy oh boy did I suck!

Haven’t been out on the bike since the May Day long weekend (when I also rode with Tim, but along the river into town and back), so my lack of fitness really showed going up the first bit past the quarry.

However, what really killed me were my sinuses – dripping taplike and not letting me get enough air in. Had to walk the last 1.5km to the ABC compound, but at least I kept moving.

From there it was a really nice undulation around to the summit proper, and then a bit of speed heading back down.Haven’t gone quite that fast on the bike before, and I was a little nervous, not knowing the turns or the road surface.

I’ll enjoy it a lot more next time we ride it. All up we were gone for 3 hours, going to have to work on shortening that time over the next 6-9 months so that when next year’s Bike Week comes around I can do the Coottha Challenge. A great ride, and a grand day for it.

KCA2009 – earlybird registrations close in 1 week!

It’s only one week before the earlybird registration period for Kernel Conference Australia closes.

As a quick reminder, in addition to our excellent keynote speakers Jeff Bonwick, Bill Moore and Max Alt, here are the people who you’ll be able to meet, listen and learn from at KCA:

Presenter (affiliation)

Presentation title

Fernando Gont

Results of a Security Assessment of Common Implementation Strategies of the TCP and IP Protocol

Henning Brauer (OpenBSD)

Faster Packets: Performance Tuning in the OpenBSD Network Stack and PF

Gavin Maltby (Sun Microsystems)

Hardware & Software Fault Management Architecture

Pawel Dawidek (FreeBSD)

GEOM – The FreeBSD way of handling storage

John Sonnenschein (Sun Microsystems)

Driver and Filesystem Development with the Solaris and OpenSolaris DDI/DKI

David Gwynne (University of Queensland)

MCLGETI: Effective Network Livelock Mitigation and More

Cristina Cifuentes (Sun Microsystems)

Finding Bugs in Open Source Kernels Using Parfait

Sherry Moore (Sun Microsystems)

Fast reboot support (and more) for OpenSolaris

Max Bruning (Bruning Systems)

Porting USB HID Device Drivers Between Linux and OpenSolaris

James Morris (Red Hat)

Linux Kernel Security Overview

Percy Pari-Salas (Bond University)

Automated Testing of OpenSolaris

Vivek Joshi (Sun Microsystems)

Porting OpenSolaris across architectures

Jayakara Kini (Sun Microsystems)

Crossbow for OpenSolaris Developers

Garrett D’Amore (Sun Microsystems)

Boomer: the new OpenSolaris audio system

Pramod Batni (Sun Microsystems)

Debugging and Diagnosing Interesting Kernel Problems

Stewart Smith (Sun Microsystems)

(Ab)use the Kernel: what a database server can do to your kernel

So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and register!