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Episode 12 - Pat Meaney - Mainframe Memory - 9.4.2017


Episode 12 - Pat Meaney - Mainframe Memory - 9.4.2017

Whether you call it memory or storage, Pat Meaney is exactly the kind of guy you want in charge of it. This is the first in a series of deep-dive heavy hitter episodes about core mainframe and z/OS technologies.

1:53 A warm welcome to the show
2:25 How'd You Get Started?
3:51 It Gon RAIM
6:52 College kids with golf carts
8:33 Smart Buffer and HalfHorse Technology
10:36 Books & Drawers
10:36 Driving more chips without drawing more power. How do?
12:19 Unplanned Outages and Epidurals
14:49 DDR Revolution
16:14 Comparing RAIM to RAID
17:06 CSI: Mainframe Memory Division
19:44 Just because you CAN do hot swaps...
23:33 Getting Cosmic
25:56 Gathering Call-Home Data
28:16 Variable... bandwidth? 
29:39 On Golden Copy
30:32 Optimized for Mixed Workloads
31:03 If This Then That... on chip
33:49 The Bag Test
34:30 Maximizing Cooling in an ever-shrinking area
36:48 How NOT to leave your mark on mainframe design
37:24 Finding performance gains in everything
40:01 The Next Steps in Memory
41:39 Future Memories... this weekend at the Hayden Planetarium.

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