Hotsos Symposium 2010

The best Oracle conference in the universe.

Well this will make 5 years in row that I’ve attended the Hotsos Symposium (this will be my third time as a speaker). As I’ve said before, it’s been far and away the best conference or training event that I’ve ever participated in. Add to that the extremely high quality of the people in attendance and you get an awesome event. There are always a fair number of people in the audience that could be delivering the presentations. One of the best things about it is the impromptu conversations that invariably pop up after (or sometimes during) a presentation.

The 2010 Symposium will be held in Dallas (as usual), March 7-11. Tom Kyte will be giving the key note address. Tom is well known, and rightly so, as he is always thought provoking and entertaining. Tanel Põder will be delivering the optional training day. If you haven’t heard of him yet you should do yourself a favor and check out his blog. There are only a handful of guys in the world that understand Oracle internals as well as Tanel.

I must say I am extremely honored to be able to present again at this years symposium. Here’s a link to the speakers page for this years event which has links to the abstracts for their presentations.  And here’s a link to the main Symposium page where you can find info on how to sign up.

Here’s the list of speakers (in case it’s too much trouble to click the link above):

Alex Gorbachev – Battle Against Any Guess & Run-Time Load Balancing in Oracle RAC
Alex Haralampiev – When a Good Design Goes Bad
Andrew Zitelli – Oracle 11g “Partitioning by Reference” – The Advantages and Annoyances
Bryn Llewellyn – Edition-Based Redefinition: the Key to Online Application Upgrade
Cary Millsap – Lessons Learned – Version 2010.03
Christian Antognini – Diagnosing Parallel Executions Performance
Dan Norris – Consolidation Strategies for Oracle Database Machine
Dave Abercrombie – End-to-End Metrics for Troubleshooting and Monitoring
Doug Burns – Odyssey Two: Parallel Query in 2010
Henry Poras – Diminishing Resource Utilization and Saturation Limits Using AWR History and Queueing Theory
Kerry Osborne – Controlling Execution Plans (without Touching the Code)
Kevin Closson – TBA
Kevin Williams – How We Dealt with the Chronic Problem of Too Much Data on a Large OLTP System
Kyle Hailey – Modern Approaches to SQL Tuning
Marco Gralike – The Ultimate Performance Challenge: How to Make XML Perform.?!
Mark Bobak – A Closer Look at Parsing: Possible Application Optimizations
Monty Orme – TBA
Neil Gunther & Peter Stalder – TBA
Ric Van Dyke – TBA
Richard Foote – Oracle Indexing Myths & Oracle Indexing Tricks and Traps
Richard McDougall – Performance and Sizing of Oracle on VMware
Riyaj Shamsudeen – A Close Encounter with Real World (and Odd) Performance Issues & Why Does Optimizer Hate My SQL?
Stephan Haisley – Streams, Xstreams and Golden Gate
Tanel Põder – TBA
Tom Kyte – All About Metadata; Why Telling the Database About Your Schema Matters
& Efficient PL/SQL — Why and How to Use PL/SQL to Its Greatest Effect
Vlado Barun & Edwin Putkonen – Deploying Database Changes: Performance Matters
Wolfgang Breitling – Anatomy of a SQL Tuning Session & Seeding Statistics

Just as a side note, I got an opportunity to speak at last years Hotsos Symposium. One of the functions at the Symposium is a social gathering which provides a great opportunity to talk to a bunch of really smart guys in a less formal setting. Unfortunately, a few of the participants over indulge at the party. Fortunately, many of them have a room at the host hotel (so no driving). Unfortunately, I ended up speaking at the first session the morning after the party. The audience looked a little like this:

Actually it wasn’t that bad, but I am looking forward to a better time slot this time around!

Hope to see you there!


  1. Cary Millsap says:

    As the person responsible for last year’s time slot selection, let me tell you this: If you ever get scheduled for one of the “hard” slots (first slot on after-party morning, last slot on final day, etc.), please consider it an honor. …At least as much of an honor as I’m capable of bestowing. Because *those* are the slots for which I choose the presenters who I think are capable of providing a little extra motivation to put people in seats for those times when it’s tempting to just stay in bed a little longer, or catch a little bit earlier flight.

    So there. 🙂

    And thank you.


  2. osborne says:

    Ha! I really didn’t mind and it worked out fine. If I don’t end up in that slot this year I may stay at the “social gathering” a little longer.


  3. Cary Millsap says:

    Update: At least I got one /kărʹē/ in that post-party, morning-after slot. I’ll see you there.

  4. osborne says:

    Wow – now that’s what I call taking one for the team!

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