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Netty 4 Reduces GC Overhead by 5x at Twitter

by Matt Raible on  Nov 06, 2013 1

The Netty Project released the first version of Netty 4 in July. It has significant performance improvements primarily from reducing garbage collection overhead. Integrating Netty 4 at Twitter has led to a five times performance gain, but with some costs.

Rubinius 2.0 Release Implements Ruby 2.1

by Mirko Stocker on  Oct 05, 2013

After more than two years, the Rubinius team has released version 2.0 which brings improved multi-threading support and implements the upcoming Ruby 2.1.

JRuby 9K Expected in 2014 Ready for Production

by Manuel Pais on  Sep 23, 2013 3

Charles Nutter, one of the lead developers of JRuby, announced the release of version 9000 (9K) in 2014. The new release targets the same feature set as Ruby MRI 2.0 and possibly 2.1 as well. Better performance, concurrency support and overall availability and portability provided by the use of the JVM can make this version suitable for production systems.

Ruby 2.1 Garbage Collection to Address Criticism on Large Scale Deployments

by Manuel Pais on  Sep 15, 2013

Ruby’s creator announced the move to generational garbage collection in Ruby 2.1 in what is expected to be an important performance boost for the language. The announcement took place during Barcelona Ruby Conference where Ruby’s GC was singled out as a major pain point in large scale Ruby deployments.

Mono Roundup: iOS, Mobile Profile, and Concurrent GC

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 12, 2013 1

It’s been pretty quiet on the Mono front, but a few interesting things have been announced. The most notable is the adoption of .NET 4.5 for the mobile profiles and the introduction of a concurrent GC to Mono’s SGen garbage collector.

Mono Improves Aync Support and MonoDevelop Adds NuGet

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 25, 2013

MonoDevelop now has integrated support for NuGet while the Mono project sees various improvements with release 3.0.3.

.NET Compact Framework 3.9 with Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 18, 2012 3

Microsoft will release .NET Compact Framework 3.9 (NETCF 3.9) in the upcoming build of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 with improved start-up time, enhanced memory utilization, Visual Studio 2012 support and new garbage collector.

Twitter’s Shift from Ruby to Java Helps it Survive US Election

by Charles Humble on  Nov 09, 2012 6

Twitter's infamous Fail Whale was absent on US presidential election day, even as Twitter's servers were handling a serge of 327,452 "tweets" per minute. The firm was able to handle this level of traffic thanks in part to a gradual shift away from Ruby to Java and Scala

Ruby 2.0 Preview 1 Released, Final Release in February 2013

by Mirko Stocker on  Nov 06, 2012

Ruby 2.0's release manager Yusuke Endoh announced the first preview release of Ruby 2.0 and a targeted release in February 2013. InfoQ talked to Yusuke to learn more about the big new features of Ruby 2.0 (Refinements, keyword arguments, Enumerator#lazy, and more) and what users need to know when upgrading.

Azul Offers Free Zing JVM to Open Source Community Projects

by Charles Humble on  Aug 06, 2012 1

Azul Systems have announced that they are making their pauseless Zing JVM freely available to Open Source developers and projects for use in development and testing.

On Server-Side Performance, .NET 4.5, and Bing

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 25, 2012 16

With over 33% of the market share for US web searches, the servers that power Bing and Yahoo represent one of the largest .NET 4.5 RC applications in continuous production use. The close work between Microsoft’s Bing and .NET teams have resulted in a set of enhancements that should prove useful to anyone running large scale .NET servers.

Presentation: Progressive Architectures at the Royal Bank of Scotland

by Michael Stal on  Jul 06, 2012 2

In their presentation posted at InfoQ systems and data architects Ben Stopford, Farzad Pezeshkpour and Mark Atwell show how RBS leveraged new technologies in their architectures while facing difficult challenges such as regulation, competition and tighter budgets. They also need to cope with stringent technical challenges, for instance with efficiency and scalability.

Go 1–The First Major Release of the Google Go Language

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2012 3

Go has reached the first major release, Google promising it will be stable for the years to come. YouTube uses Go in their core infrastructure.

A New Garbage Collector and Memory Profiler for iOS/MonoTouch

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 20, 2012 3

MonoTouch for iOS now supports the generational garbage collector SGen. Until recently this was an experimental option only available on the full version of Mono. Along with it comes a Memory Profiler for iOS that it accessible via the MonoDevelop IDE.

Bitmap Marking GC for Ruby Improves Memory Usage

by Mirko Stocker on  Jan 30, 2012 1

The successor of Ruby 1.9.3 will replace the current Lazy Sweep Garbage Collector with a Bitmap Marking GC, which will significantly reduce Ruby's memory usage for parallel programs, similar to Ruby Enterprise Edition's copy-on-write-friendly GC. We talked with Narihiro Nakamura who implemented both the current Lazy Sweep and the Bitmap Marking GC.

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