Setting up a new monitoring system might seem daunting at first. Franklin guides us through the first steps and explains the architecture and inner workings of a Graphite-based monitoring system. Key takeaways are understanding time series data and configuration, datapoint formats, aggregation methods and retention.
Finalizers and PhantomReferences should not be depended on, but sometimes they are necessary. In this article we reveal how to contend with the many issues surrounding finalization in Java. 4
With tens of thousands of production Java servers running in the enterprise, many engineers lack the skills to keep their servers greased. In this article InfoQ studies methods for tuning Java servers
Practical Cassandra: A Developer's Approach book is a developer's guide to build applications using Cassandra NoSQL database. InfoQ spoke with authors about the book and data modeling in Cassandra.
Garbage Collection takes minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. In this article Master trainer/consultant Ben Evans summarizes his recent InfoQ presentation "Visualizing Garbage Collection"
Sometimes memory profiling is better than execution profiling for finding execution hot spots. In this article Kirk Pepperdine talks through some indicators for determining when to use which profiler 7
In July Monica Beckwith explored the theory of the new G1 GC Garbage First Garbage Collector. In this second installment, Monica delves into more practical aspects and provides guidance for tuning. 12
Many articles describe how a poorly tuned garbage collector can bring an application's SLA to its knees. The G1 collector replaces the conventional algorithms with a concept of “regions” 4
In the world of application delivery, performance tuning still eludes the mainstream. InfoQ spoke to 5 luminaries of the performance monitoring space about it. The result was quite an active debate. 1
Michael Slinn examines how to benchmark JVM concurrency options for JVM-based langauges including Java and Scala. 2