Kevin Closson is a Principal Database Engineer in Amazon Web Services RDS Commercial Engines group.

Kevin’s prior role was Senior Director / Chief Performance Architect in the XtremIO Business Unit of EMC. Before EMC, Kevin was the Performance Architect in Oracle’s Exadata development group (System Technology Group). For over 30 years, Kevin’s career has included Platform and Software Engineering positions specializing in Oracle and Clustered platforms and many of the now-defunct Open Systems Unix RDBMS products. Prior to his tenure with EMC and Oracle, Kevin held positions within HP/PolyServe, IBM, Sequent Computer Systems, and Veritas where his main engineering focus was port-level throughput and scalability enhancements of Oracle Database on high-end Unix® SMP, NUMA, Linux and clustered Systems. Kevin has collaborated on a number of books and contributed to Oracle Magazine, IBM Redbooks, and the IOUG SELECT Journal. He is a member of the OakTable Network and an Oracle ACE (retd.). 

Kevin is a patented inventor of SMP/NUMA locking and database caching methods (6389513, 6480918).

Kevin invented, and maintains, the widely popular platform performance testing kit called SLOB (Silly Little Oracle Benchmark).

This Blog
This blog is called “Kevin Closson’s Blog: Platforms, Databases and Storage.” I blog about a wide array of topics that should be of interest to data center professionals interested in:

  • Enterprise Storage
  • Platform Performance — focused on high-end Intel-based systems. Focus on Oracle Database.
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Oracle on Intel and AMD based NUMA Servers and NUMA in general
  • Oracle on Linux
  • Oracle Internals Topics Relating to Storage, I/O, Concurrency, IPC and other platform-level topics
  • Clustering
  • Storage Architecture
  • Real Application Clusters
  • General Oracle Internals Topics
  • High Availability
  • Symmetrical MPP platforms

6 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Andy C October 19, 2006 at 4:42 pm


    I used to work for Sequent using Oracle on NUMA-Q and now work for Oracle (ex-Siebel) so very interested to see your blog appear.

    BTW – excellent choice of blogging platform (and theme).


  2. 2 Kevin October 19, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks, Andy. I wonder if we ever met? Maybe in Weybridge? I hope my content is worth your time. Always a pleasure to bump into Sequent alumni :-0

  3. 3 Glenn November 3, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Kevin,

    Just wanted to let you know that I am enjoy and learning quite a bit from your blog in the short time I have been reading it. Tom Kyte mentioned one of your blogs a week or so ago. I have a lot of respect for Tom and have learned SO much from him. When Tom gives praise to someone else, and suggests a visit to their site, I feel obliged to to so. He was right once again.

    Keep up the great work,


  4. 4 Richard November 21, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Perhaps you may know where Ian Johnson (ex Sequent) can be found these days…?

  5. 5 kevinclosson November 21, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    have you tried LinkedIn? There are a lot of ex-SQNT alumni there…

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