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SE-Radio Episode 255: Monica Beckwith on Java Garbage Collection

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SE-Radio Episode 255: Monica Beckwith on Java Garbage Collection

Monica Beckwith joins Robert Blumen for a discussion of java garbage collection. What is garbage collection? GC algorithms; history of GC in the java language; fragmentation and compaction; generational strategies; causes of pauses; impact of pauses on application performance; tuning GC; GC on multi-core and large memory machines; should production servers be implemented in non-GC […]

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SE-Radio Episode 254: Mike Barker on the LMAX Architecture

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SE-Radio Episode 254: Mike Barker on the LMAX Architecture

Mike Barker talks with Sven Johann about the architecture of the LMAX system. LMAX is a low-latency, high-throughput trading platform. Their discussion begins with what LMAX does; the origins of LMAX; and extreme performance requirements faced by LMAX. They then delve into systems that LMAX communicates with; LMAX users; the two main components of the […]

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Episode 225: Brendan Gregg on Systems Performance

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Episode 225: Brendan Gregg on Systems Performance

Senior performance architect and author of *Systems Performance* Brendan Gregg talks with Robert Blumen about systems performance: how the hardware and OS layers affect application behavior. The discussion covers the scope of systems performance, systems performance in the software life cycle, the role of performance analysis in architecture, methodologies for solving performance problems, dynamic tracing […]

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Episode 220: Jon Gifford on Logging and Logging Infrastructure

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Episode 220: Jon Gifford on Logging and Logging Infrastructure

Robert Blumen talks to Jon Gifford of Loggly about logging and logging infrastructure. Topics include logging defined, purposes of logging, uses of logging in understanding the run-time behavior of programs, who produces logs, who consumes logs and for what reasons, software as the consumer of logs, log formats (structured versus free form), log meta-data, logging […]

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Episode 201: Martin Thompson on Mechanical Sympathy

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Episode 201: Martin Thompson on Mechanical Sympathy

Martin Thompson, proprietor of the blog Mechanical Sympathy, founder of the LMAX disruptor open source project, and a consultant and frequent speaker on high performance computing talks with Robert about computer program performance. Martin explains the meaning of the term “mechanical sympathy,” derived from auto racing, and its relevance to program performance: the importance of […]

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