Terracotta creator Ari Zilka talks about about the RAM is the new disk and argues for scaling up before scaling out, comparing the architectural approaches of lots of VMs with small heaps vs. a few JVMs with very large heaps. Ari introduces BigMemory, a Java add-on to Enterprise Ehcache, which allows app designs with huge amounts of memory accessible in-process, with minimal garbage collection.
Aaron Patterson talks about performance in Ruby and Rails, some of the challenges Rails and Rack pose for the Ruby GC, and much more.
Justin Sheehy and Damien Katz discuss Riak and CouchDB, the strengths and trade-offs of different approaches to NoSQL, and why both databases are written in Erlang.
In this interview Joe Armstrong and Robert Virding, co-inventors of the Erlang language, talk about the future of the language, including its use in web programming, its ability to scale and more. The duo also discuss Erlang support for NoSQL databases, running the language on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and comparisons with other languages such as Google’s Go.
Rob Pike discusses Google Go: OOP programming without classes, Go interfaces, Concurrency with Goroutines and Channels, and the Go features that help keep GC pauses short.
Cliff Click discusses the Pauseless GC algorithm and how Azul's Zing implements it on plain x86 CPUs. Also: what keeps dynamic languages slow on the JVM, invokedynamic, concurrency and much more.
In this interview Gil Tene dives deep into the history of Azul Systems and its commitment to deliver robust, scalable Java systems. He tells of the origins of the company and its early Vega hardware. Tene also talk about the new Zing elastic runtime platform for Java apps. And he speaks on the Managed Runtime Initiative Azul launched. He also talks on Pauseless GC and elastic memory.