June 2013 Entries

TechEd 2013–Day 3 Summary

On day 3 I attended an interesting talk on Hekaton, now know as SQL Server 2014, by Sunil Agarwal. Sunil showed us how Hekaton turns stored procedures into C code and loads them as DLLs for SQL Server to use. He also showed us how in-memory tables are organized in memory and explained that the reason in-memory tables were so fast was that they were not organized in a B-tree, but as a hash table. Sunil mentioned that on one test, statements against a standard table was generating over 900,000 CPU ......

TechEd 2013 - Day 2 Summary

Wow… what another amazing day. I attended two excellent sessions on Day 2 of TechEd: Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Big Data (Hadoop / HDInsights) [Val Fontama and Saptak Sen] and Best Practices for Building Your Strategy for a Private Cloud [Eduardo Kassner]. In the Big Data talk Val and Saptak discussed important considerations for building a predictive analytics environment in general terms, then demonstrated how to build one using Hadoop. It was pretty fascinating. Val presented a sample ......

TechEd 2013–Day 1 Summary

As it turns out, Day 1 of Microsoft TechEd 2013 in New Orleans was a great success. The organization itself is of course top notch. And the keynote delivered: lots of major news announced, including some interesting details on the Microsoft Azure platform. In summary, we are no longer charged when stopping a Virtual Machine (it used to be that in order avoiding being charged we had to delete the Virtual Machine – well… no longer). Also, the billing model is now a per minute charge increment (instead ......