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Refreshed AWS Trusted Advisor Offers Several Free Checks

by Steffen Opel on  Aug 31, 2014

AWS has recently integrated the AWS Trusted Advisor into the AWS Management Console and made four security and service limit checks available at no charge. Additional checks from the security, performance, fault tolerance and cost optimization categories remain part of their Business and Enterprise support tiers.

AppDynamics New Release Brings Big Data and Machine Learning to APM

by Victor Grazi on  Aug 14, 2014

Leading application performance monitoring vendor AppDynamics released version 3.9 of their flagship "Application Intelligence Platform" monitoring tool. Highlights of the release include big data analysis and machine learning to provide intuitive, scalable performance monitoring. InfoQ spoke to Maneesh Joshi, head of product marketing and strategy at AppDynamics

Protocol Design and Implementation with Martin Thompson

by Harry Brumleve on  Jul 27, 2014

Martin Thompson answers a few questions about the opportunity for developers and architects to introduce custom protocols to their system's interaction points.

Apple Speeds Up WebKit’s JS Engine with LLVM JIT

by Abel Avram on  May 16, 2014 3

Apple has improved the speed of Nitro with 35% – Safari’s JavaScript engine – by converting JavaScript into LLVM IR code which is then subject to heavy optimization.

Improving Node.js’ SSL Performance at PayPal

by Abel Avram on  Apr 17, 2014

Trevor Livingston, a software engineer working for PayPal, has outlined in a recent post a number of suggestions to improve the outbound SSL performance of Node.js.

Microsoft Speeds Up Windows Store Apps with .NET Native

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2014 1

.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.

Challenges Performing Background Compilation in V8

by Abel Avram on  Feb 15, 2014

This article includes details on the recently background compilation introduced in V8, Chrome’s JavaScript engine.

Performance Gurus Release jClarity Flagship Performance Monitoring Tool

by Victor Grazi on  Sep 09, 2013

London-based start-up jClarity announces the general availability of their flagship product for locating Java performance problems in both Cloud and Enterprise environments. 

Memory and Native Code Performance

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 30, 2013 3

In a deep dive on performance, Eric Brumer explained why memory is often the most critical component. And while this session was on C++ development, much of what he said is applicable to managed code as well.

WinRT/XAML Performance Fundamentals

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 27, 2013

The three Pillars of Performance, Fast, Fluid, and Efficient, have been the common theme at the performance sessions this year. In the session XAML Performance Fundamentals we see ways to detect and solve problems that prevent us from achieving these pillars.

Cloud Optimization Takes Center Stage with Free Microsoft, AWS Services

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 11, 2013

While a cottage industry has grown around providing services to optimize cloud usage and costs, large cloud providers themselves are beginning to promote their own optimization offerings. Microsoft recently purchased a cloud performance management company and made its product free to customers. Competitor AWS is aggressively promoting their own “Trusted Advisor” program with a free trial period.

Facebook Now Uses HHVM/JIT both in Development and Production

by Abel Avram on  Nov 30, 2012

Facebook has announced using HHVM, a HipHop VM with JIT compilation, in production, a solution that has unified their development and deployment environments, providing significant performance gains for developers.

50 Tricks for Faster Web Applications

by Abel Avram on  Nov 22, 2012 1

Jatinder Mann, an Internet Explorer PM at Microsoft, held the session 50 performance tricks to make your HTML5 apps and sites faster at BUILD 2012, providing many tips for creating faster web applications.

Eclipse Performance Issues in Juno

by Victor Grazi on  Sep 26, 2012 10

In an email thread on Eclipse performance issues in Juno (Eclipse Platform 4.2) Eclipse silver sponsor Cloudsmith cofounder Thomas Hallgren has kicked off a flurry of dialog. Hallgren, an active committer on the Eclipse b3 project, says that after switching back from version 4.2 to version 3.8: "I was stunned by the performance improvement after the switch. The 3.8 platform is much MUCH faster"

Google Has Open Sourced Octane, a New JavaScript Benchmark Suite

by Abel Avram on  Aug 21, 2012

Google has open sourced Octane, a JavaScript benchmarking suite consisting of 13 tests measuring browser performance.

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