Kevin Closson is a Senior Director in the Performance Engineering group of EMC’s Flash Products Division (FPD). Prior to his work in EMC FPD, Kevin was a Technology Director/Performance Architect in EMC’s Data Computing Division focused on the Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA). Before EMC, Kevin was the Performance Architect in Oracle’s Exadata development group (System Technology Group). His 25-year career has included Platform and Software Engineering, Technical Marketing, Support and Application Development 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 throughput and scalability enhancements of the Oracle server on high-end Unix® SMP and Clustered Systems. Kevin holds patents in SMP locking algorithms and database caching methods. 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.).
From 2007 through 2011, Kevin was a Performance Architect in Oracle Corporation’s Server Technology Group Exadata development organization. His 25 year career has included Performance Engineering, Software Architecture, Competitive Benchmarking, Support, and Application Development on high-end SMP and Clustered platforms. His work prior to Oracle at HP/PolyServe, Veritas and IBM/Sequent was focused on throughput, scalability and availability of the Oracle server. His Oracle port-level work at Sequent led to his U.S. patents in SMP/NUMA locking and database caching methods (6389513, 6480918).
Kevin is a member of The OakTable Network and Oracle ACE (ret.). In addition to book collaborations, his written works have appeared in Oracle Magazine, Oracle Internals Magazine, IBM Redbooks and SELECT.
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:
- Symmetrical Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) Data Analytics platform technology such as Greenplum
- 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