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From the Back Cover

  • Proven techniques for optimizing web, file, print, database, and application servers

  • Practical introductions to open source performance management tools

  • Easy-to-understand examples based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

An indispensable guide to maximizing Linux system and application performance

From Wall Street to Hollywood, Linux runs many of the world's most businesscritical systems. Linux performance now impacts the entire enterprise. In Performance Tuning for Linux Servers, a team of IBM's most-experienced Linux performance specialists shows you how to find bottlenecks, measure performance, and identify effective optimizations.

This book doesn't just cover kernel tuning: it shows how to maximize the end-to-end performance of real-world applications and databases running on Linux. Throughout, the authors present realistic examples based on today's most popular enterprise Linux platforms, Intel-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. These examples are designed for simplicity, clarity, and easy adaptation to any contemporary Linux environment. You'll discover how to

  • Install and configure Linux for maximum performance from the outset

  • Evaluate and choose the right hardware architecture for your Linux environment

  • Understand Linux kernels 2.4 through 2.6: components, performance issues, and optimization opportunities

  • Master core Linux performance tuning principles and strategies

  • Utilize free, open source tools for measurement, monitoring, system tracing, and benchmarking

  • Interpret performance data to analyze your Linux server's real-world behavior

  • Optimize Linux system schedulers, memory, I/O, file systems, and networking

  • Tune web, file, database, and application servers running commercial workloads

  • Predict the impact of changes in tuning parameters or configurations

  • Tune Linux code: optimize design, timing, sockets, threads, synchronization, and more

  • Architect for maximum performance: SMP scaling, clustering, and topology

  • Integrate kernel and application tuning in end-to-end system optimization projects

Whether you're an administrator, developer, integrator, or consultant, Performance Tuning for Linux Serverswill help you maximize the performance and value of every Linux system and application you run.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Sandra K. Johnson, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Staff Member and the Chief Technology Officer of Global Small and Medium Business, IBM Systems and Technology Group. She was formerly the Linux Performance Architect with the IBM Linux Technology Center in Austin, Texas. She has more than sixteen years of experience in designing and evaluating the performance of operating systems and applications. Johnson is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Gerrit Huizenga is a software engineer and architect for Linux Base Technologies in the IBM Linux Technology Center in Beaverton, Oregon. Gerrit has been architecting, designing, and implementing operating system capabilities with a focus on performance, scalability, standards, and security for twenty years. Prior to his work at the IBM Linux Technology Center, Gerrit was the Chief Technologist for Operating Systems at Sequent Computer Systems, Inc.

Badari Pulavarty is a senior engineer at the IBM Linux Technology Center in Beaverton, Oregon. He has fifteen years of experience developing UNIX operating systems.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (June 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137136285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137136285
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,971,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel A. Davis on April 1, 2013
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I'll just echo some of the previous reviews: This book is incredibly hit or miss. It's not just how random each section is (you can almost tell who was responsible for writing each section/chapter, the differences are so stark). Here's a laundry list:

1) They rarely go into that much detail on any one topic. You don't get much discussion on what practical effect the tunables have, they just basically give you a short description of the tunable and suggest what you'd use it for. It would be helpful if you describe WHY it's advisable to do what they're suggesting, instead of just saying it and letting us judge between that and what they said the tunable control's description.
2) Some information in it is just plain wrong. For example: despite the previous section (understandably) describing the CFS scheduler (on page 189), The section about CPU scheduler tunables (on page 192) they give you a long list of tunables for the 2.4 kernel's scheduler and nothing for CFS. This is also an example of how much quality/tone variation there is in such a short space. Why they're even touching on 2.4's scheduler in a book that first came out in 2005 (two years after 2.6's first stable release) I don't really know.
3) Terms are often used before they're defined and sometimes not even defined. This also goes for the graphs and tables, they'll put some sort of graphic out there without telling you what it's for and then you'll stumble on something a page and a half later that talks about it or you'll remember that they were talking about something similar a few pages back.
4) Since there's no updated version the software being referenced is pretty old.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you're responsible for Linux servers and you need to keep things running at peak efficiency, you *need* to get this book... Performance Tuning For Linux Servers, edited by Sandra K. Johnson, Ph. D., Gerrit Huizenga, and Badari Pulavarty. It's an excellent blend of theory and practicality.

Chapter List:

Part 1 - Linux Overview: Linux Installation Issues; Kernel Overview; Overview Of Server Architectures

Part 2 - Performance Analysis Tools: System Performance Monitoring; System Trace Tools; Benchmarks As An Aid To Understanding Workload Performance

Part 3 - System Tuning: System Performance Principles And Strategy - A Benchmarking Methodology Case Study; Scheduler Tuning; The Linux Virtual Memory-Performance Implications; I/O Subsystems-Performance Implications; File System Tuning; Network Tuning; Interprocess Communications; Code Tuning

Part 4 - Performance Characterization Of Linux Server Applications: Web Servers; File And Print Servers; Database Servers; Application Servers

Part 5 - Tuning Case Studies: Case Study - Tuning The I/O Schedulers In Linux 2.6; Case Study - File System Tuning; Case Study - Network Performance On Linux; Case Study - Commercial Workload Tuning; Tuning Kernel Parameters; Index

This is one of those rare books that ranks high on many criteria... It's got a lot of theory, the "why" of different features as they relate to performance. It's also packed full of practical material. They tell you how to measure key components in the system and what parameters you can change to affect those areas. When you get done, you've covered every conceivable area that exists in the Linux environment.
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By Chris S. Bullock on February 27, 2011
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I like this book since it does give some really good hints at performance tuning Linux boxes. I will say if all your systems are working right is time to buy this book. If it is not do not buy this book
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lawrence VINE VOICE on July 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just can't bring myself to like this. I did find it uneven in spite of the editors obvious attempts at blending. I want to like it - individually the chapters are excellent, but I just have trouble seeing this as a coherent work. For me, it's choppy and the different styles make me uncomfortable.

Perhaps I can see it as a reference book. I could see myself pulling this down and going to a particular chapter for advice on that specific subject. As such, this surely has value, but I just don't care for it as a corpus.
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