Learn Danish Before You Learn About NUMA

I can’t speak Danish, but I have the next best thing—a Danish friend that speaks English. The Danish arm of Computer Reseller News has a video of Mogens Norgaard (founder of the OakTable Network of which I am glad to be a member). I have no idea whatsoever about what he is discussing, but since the video starts out with him pouring a beer I’m sure I’m missing out on something. No, hold it, I did get something. Featured prominently behind him is a well-used copy of my friend James Morle’s book Scaling Oracle8i.

By the way, if you want to be an Oracle expert, that book should be considered mandatory reading. I don’t care if it is based on Oracle8i, it is still rich with correct information. Also, if you are following my series on NUMA/Oracle, I particularly recommend section 8.1.2 which I contributed to this book. It covers the original NUMA port of Oracle—Sequent. Of particular interest should be the section on one of my only claims to fame: Quad-Local Buffer Preference.

I can’t recall, but perhaps that was the topic James and I were discussing in this photo Alex Gorbachev took at one of our pub stops during UKOUG 2006. Or, maybe we (James and I to the right in the photo) were discussing the guys to our right (Mogens and Thomas Presslie) who were wearing skirts—ur, uh, I mean kilts! I do recall that 5AM came early that morning. Not the best way to start my trip home.

3 Responses to “Learn Danish Before You Learn About NUMA”


  1. 1 Alex Gorbachev February 10, 2007 at 2:53 am

    He does seem to mention scalability, consolidation, cluster complexity, and, well, de-consolidation. 🙂

  2. 2 kevinclosson February 10, 2007 at 2:58 am

    De-consolidation? That is incongruous with IT trends. First, systems are getting more and more powerful while Oracle licensing remains constant. It is time to start “stacking instances” for all that midrange stuff…

    I’ll take my lumps from Mogens next week…or visa versa…depends on who drinks more Manhattans.

  3. 3 Alex Gorbachev February 10, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Well, I wouldn’t rely on my Danish skills anyway. 🙂


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