Kevin Closson is a Senior Director / Chief Performance Architect in the XtremIO Business Unit of EMC.
Before joining EMC, Kevin was the Performance Architect in Oracle’s Exadata development group (System Technology Group). His 28-year career has included Platform and Software Engineering positions specializing in Oracle and Clustered platforms. 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 the Oracle server on high-end Unix® SMP, 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 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
- Storage Architecture
- Real Application Clusters
- General Oracle Internals Topics
- High Availability
- Symmetrical MPP platforms