Linux HugePages for Oracle on Amazon EC2

One of the optimizations available to us when running Oracle on Linux is huge page support. This feature of the Linux kernel enables processes to allocate memory pages of size 2M (instead of 4k). In addition, memory allocated using hugepages is pinned in physical memory. It cannot be swapped out. It is now common practice…

Performance Tuning: HugePages in Linux

Recently we quickly and efficiently resolved a major performance issue with one of our clients related to a central database that was intermittently freezing because of high CPU usage. In this blog, I will discuss this performance issue and its solution.

How To Build Scalable Database Architectures

No one has ever come out and formally asked me for a document that states “Best Practices to Scale Application X”. It is an unusual demand, since it’s something many of us at Pythian have implemented, but it’s been more of an ad hoc, iterative process — and rightly so, since architectures must be so organic, and so tailored to the application. What’s more, no one has ever brought us on board so early in the game that we have a hand in actually — gasp! — doing the design and data-model from the get-go. Woo hoo!

Pythian Goodies: The Answer to Free Memory, Swap, Oracle, and Everything

I gave this talk covering the different types of memory, how to monitor memory, and how to optimally use it with Oracle at the UKOUG, I have since received requests to post the slides online. Instead of just posting the PowerPoint I took some time to give the presentation again (internally here at Pythian) and this time we recorded the session and are posting it in a variety of formats. This is a bit of a departure from the typical Pythian Goodies, in that it is scripted, and there is a lot of content here in the whitepaper.