O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Session

DTrace: Opening the Kimono
Bryan Cantrill, Senior Staff Engineer, Sun Microsystems

Track: Linux
Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Portland 255

DTrace is a novel facility in Solaris 10 that allows for the dynamic instrumentation of production systems. Available to the public since November 2003, DTrace has since been used to find substantial opportunities for performance improvements in production environments--often by finding glaring systemic problems that were invisible to other tools. Best of all, DTrace is now open source--being the first component of Solaris to become so.

In this talk, the three inventors of DTrace will provide a quick overview of DTrace and its architecture, explain how DTrace can be used to assist other open source projects, and give some ideas for how DTrace itself can be improved by similarly motivated propeller-heads.



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