Joshua Miller or Edmunds.com took a few minutes to talk to the SCALE Team about his presentation, "Where'd All My Memory Go?"
Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?
A: Josh is a linux system administrator at Edmunds.com. He's been doing linux administration for eight years.
Q: You're giving a talk on "Where'd All My Memory Go?" Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?
A: There're a number of ways memory is used by the linux kernel; it's not always specifically for applications! Accounting for all of it can be complex. We'll explore how memory is utilized, why, and try to answer the question "Where'd all my memory go?"
Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?
A: I've been to SCALE for the last few years. It's an awesome event. As a linux professional, the presentations are enriching, and as a technical conference, the value is unrivaled.
Q: Why would someone go to your presentation?
A: Anyone who's been befuddled by the relationships between the fields in `top`, or thought their system was out of memory when it wasn't, or was confused by shared memory - this talk is for you. If you'd like to improve your understanding of how Linux manages your all-import memory resources - this talk is for you. The presentation is aimed at intermediate and beginner administrators, but even experienced admins will learn something new about memory in Linux.
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
[SCALE Team interview by Larry Cafiero]