Luca Canali’s Wonderful Public Oracle-Related Materials

This is just a quick blog post to direct readers to treasure trove of public information offered by Luca Canali (of CERN).

Let there be no mistake. These are not just ordinary presentations. Many of them have detailed how-to information in the speaker notes to amplify the information in the slides. They fall into the class of must-read.

Enjoy, and thanks, to Luca!

The list:

Compressing very large data sets in Oracle, UKOUG Conference 2009, Birmingham, Dec 2009.

Upcoming: Active Data Guard at CERN, UKOUG 2012 conference, Birmingham, December 4th 2012

Testing Storage for Oracle RAC 11g with NAS, ASM, and SSD Flash Cache, UKOUG 2011 conference, Birmingham, December 6th, 2011

CERN IT-DB Deployment, Status, Outlook – ESA-GAIA DB Workshop, ISDC, March 2011

ACFS under scrutinyUKOUG Conference 2010, Birmingham, Nov 2010

Data Lifecycle Management Challenges and Techniques, a user’s experienceUKOUG Conference 2010, Birmingham, Nov 2010

CERN DB Services for Physics – 2010 Report, Distributed Database Workshop, CERN, Nov 2010

Overview of the CERN DB Services for Physics, Orcan Swedish Oracle Users group Conference, Stockholm, May 2010

Evaluating and testing storage performance for Oracle DBs, UKOUG Conference 2009, Birmingham, Dec 2009.

ASM configuration review, Distributed Database Operations Workshop, CERN, November 2009.

Storage for data management, ‘after C5′ CERN-IT presentation, CERN, May 2009.

Data Lifecycle Review and Outlook, Distributed Database Operations Workshop, Barcelona, April 2009

Database Operations Security Overview, Distributed Database Operations Workshop, Barcelona, April 2009.

Overview of Storage and IT-DM lessons learned, IT-DM technical group meeting, CERN, March 2009.

Implementing ASM Without HW RAID, A User’s Experience, presentation at UKOUG Conference 2008, Birmingham Dec 2008.

Datalifecycle_WLCG_DB_workshop_LC: Data lifecycle management ideas, WLCG Database Workshop, CERN Nov 2008.

Workhops_8_Jul_case_PVSS_LC: Oracle performance tuning case study, PVSS archiver, Database Developers Workshop, CERN 8-7-2008.

Workhops_8_Jul_perf_for_developers_LC: Oracle performance tuning ideas for developers, Database Developers Workshop, CERN 8-7-2008.

Oracle Storage Performance Studies: Scalability tests of VLDBs with RAC and ASM for Physics DB Services, WLCG Workshop, CERN, Apr 2008.

A closer look inside Oracle ASM, talk on Oracle ASM internals and performance measurements at UKOUG 2007, Birmingham, December 2007.

WLCG_Oracle_perf_for_admin: Oracle Performance for Administrators, WLCG Reliability Workshop, CERN November 2007.

Oracle_CERN_Service_Architecture, CERN DB workshop, January 2007.

UKOUG_RACSig_Oct06, UKOUG RAC SIG meeting, UKOUG RACSIG meeting, London, October 2006.

DB services at CERN HEPIX 2006: “Database Services for Physics at CERN with Oracle 10g RAC”, HEPIX conference, Rome, April 2006.

DB_Serv_Meeting_ASM_Perf: “ASM-based storage to scale out Database Services for Physics”, April 2006

3D_RAL_Mar_06: “Oracle 10gR2 configuration”, 3D DB Workshop at RAL (UK), March 2006.

T2_tutorials_Jun06_OracleRAC: Oracle and RAC for Physics DB June 2006

For more information visit Luca Canali’s page here: http://canali.web.cern.ch/canali/main.htm

8 Responses to “Luca Canali’s Wonderful Public Oracle-Related Materials”


  1. 1 Luca Canali November 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Kevin! Luca.

  2. 3 Noons November 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Wow! Thanks heaps, Kevin and Luca. Truly useful stuff.

  3. 4 savvinov November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Kevin,

    thanks for posting this. BTW have you ever heard of OPERA — it’s a joint project between CERN and Gran Sasso labs, they are also using an Oracle database. Back in 2007 when I was working there, it was supposed to become the largest Oracle database in science. I wonder if they delivered that promise…

    • 5 kevinclosson November 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Nikolay,

      I didn’t know you were x-CERN. Cool.

      I have heard of OPERA. I don’t know what became of it. Perhaps other readers will know something.

      I think Netapp actually has an unbelievable amount of storage in at CERN.

  4. 6 Mathijs Bruggink November 14, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Hi Kevin,

    Awsome blogs , will be a treat to read / work with the information you offer here ! Thank you for sharing !

  5. 8 Noons February 19, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Thanks heaps for the great information, Luca. And to Kevin for indexing it here, another bookmark to be added!


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