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  • Microsoft Open-Sources GCToolkit to Tap into JVM GC Logs

    By open sourcing GCToolkit, Microsoft promises to tap into the rich information stored within the JVM’s GC logs. The tool promises to provide mechanisms to parse, analyse and visualise the GC log files in a human friendly manner.

  • Java News Roundup: Generational ZGC, Kotlin 1.5.30, Jakarta EE 10 Release Plan, SpringOne Conference

    It was relatively quiet in this week's Java roundup for August 23rd, 2021. Featured news includes JEP 413 having been promoted to Proposed to Target status, the Jakarta EE 10 release plan, work on generational ZGC, Kotlin 1.5.30, MicroProfile Rest Client 3.0-RC1, Hibernate ORM 5.3.22.Final, and the SpringOne conference.

  • Java News Roundup - Week of March 15th, 2021

    A roundup of smaller stories in the Java ecosystem from the week of March 15th, 2021, featuring the release of Java 16, JEPs advancing from Draft to Candidate status, and news from Hibernate, Red Hat and Spring.

  • Shenandoah in JDK 11 - Interview with Red Hat's Team

    Shenandoah is a low-latency garbage collector that enables Java applications to operate quickly without changes. InfoQ sat down with Roman Kennke and Aleksey Shipilev from Red Hat's Shenandoah team to ask some questions about how this garbage collector was created and what diligence went into adding it to the upstream JDK 11 codebase.

  • Heapothesys - an Open-Source GC Latency Benchmark by Amazon Corretto

    The Amazon Corretto team has introduced Heapothesys, a collection of JVM garbage collection (GC) workloads designed for the application developer to compare alternative GC algorithms and configuration choices, and to detect GC performance and latency regressions. Using the resulting JVM pauses, developers may produce their own reference points to study GC boundaries within their applications.

  • Microsoft Explores Manual Memory Management in .NET with Snowflake

    A number of researchers from Microsoft Research, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University have forked .NET, adding an API to the runtime to support manual memory management, and published details of their approach and performance improvements obtained in the paper Project Snowflake: Non-blocking Safe Manual Memory Management in .NET.

  • The Last Frontier in Java Performance: Remove the Garbage Collector

    A new JEP draft has been filed to create a no-op garbage collector: a GC that doesn't actually reclaim memory. This is aimed at aiding JVM implementers and researches and, to a lesser extent, ultra-performant applications that generate little to no garbage. If the JEP goes ahead, the new GC would be available together with the existing ones, and would have no effect unless explicitly activated.

  • Systems Programming in C#

    Although the definition of system programming is fuzzy, it can be described as having to think at the bit, byte, instruction or CPU cycle level. Systems programming also implies demanding performance and reliability requirements. Joe Duffy, engineering director at Microsoft, presented strategies for system programming in C# at QCon New York. He also discusses pitfalls and how to mitigate them.

  • Log4j 2.6 Goes Garbage-Free

    Log4j, the popular logging library for Java, will include a number of configuration options that allows it to run in a completely garbage-free manner. The release follows previous attempts to improve the performance of logging libraries, and has been positively received by the industry. Further changes to increase the number of scenarios in which log4j can run garbage-free are expected.

  • Using the Actor-model Language Pony for FinTech

    During his opening Keynote at QCon London on Monday morning Adrian Colyer mentioned the Pony Language as being "really fascinating stuff." We were fortunate enough to have the designer of the language, Sylvan Clebsch, giving a talk on the native languages track on the Wednesday. Clebsch suggested that Pony is a natural fit for FinTech systems.

  • jClarity Releases Censum 3.0

    Censum, the Java garbage collection analysis tool by jClarity, has reached version 3.0. The main new features of the new version include the ability to analyse Safepoint logs, new graphs showcasing the behaviour of the G1 garbage collector, and a set of analytics to highlight whenever applications force to much OS activity.

  • Go 1.6 will Make its Garbage Collector Faster

    While Go 1.5 is still relatively new on the blocks, the Go team is already at work on improving its new, low-pause, concurrent garbage collector, which aims to make Go better suited for new application fields, Google engineers Austin Clements and Rick Hudson say.

  • Oracle Confirms G1 as Default Garbage Collector for Java 9

    As previously mentioned on InfoQ, Oracle had proposed JEP 248, about making G1 the default garbage collector, to be included in the list of JEPs targeting Java 9; recently, Oracle has confirmed such decision and made it official. The decision triggered a lengthy debate in the HotSpot’s email discussion list, which concluded with a provision to defer the change if G1 proves not to be fully ready.

  • Oracle Proposes G1 as the Default Garbage Collector for Java 9

    Oracle is considering including JEP 248, making G1 the default garbage collector on server configurations, into the list of JEPs targeting Java 9. The decision has triggered some debate among the Java community, with many arguing that the CMS collector could have been more suitable.

  • Ruby 2.2.0 Released, Featuring Incremental and Symbol GC

    Ruby 2.2.0, released on December 25th, is the gift rubyists got for Christmas. Highlights include several garbage collection (GC) improvements. There is a new incremental GC algorithm and symbols are now garbage collectable. Ruby also got a collection of minor improvements on the core classes and its standard library.