Peter Alvaro discusses some of the reasons that distributed programming is hard, Lineage-driven Fault Injection, static analysis to check deterministic behaviour, CRDTs, and much more.
Alex Blewitt interviews Charles Humble on the origins of the QCon conferences and how he came to be chief editor at InfoQ. They also take a trip down memory lane about how the conferences and news site have grown into an international phenomenon.
David Riddoch explains how bypassing the OS kernel's networking stack can improve latency and throughput, networking with Solarflare and OpenOnload, hypervisor bypass, and much more.
Gil Tene speaks to Alex Blewitt at QCon London 2016 on the upcoming support for hardware transactional memory in server-class Intel chips, and what it will mean for the JVM. Tene discusses what kinds of applications will benefit from speculative lock elision and increasing concurrency in the near future on multi-core server platforms.
Adrian Colyer explains the motivation behind publishing the "Morning Paper" (a blog discussing Computer Science research papers) and mentions some of his favourite papers of the past year.
In this interview, John Sheehan expounds on what constitutes a high quality API. The first half focuses on developer experience which will help API consumers distinguish between top tier API providers and the rest. The second half provides pointers for API providers aiming to improve various aspects of API quality, specifically performance across the API lifecycle.
Josh Long talks about the philosophy behind Spring Boot and Spring Cloud. He also discusses some of the common distributed computing problems Pivotal are trying to solve - externalised configuration, service discovery, client-side load balancing, distributed tracing and so on, and talks about some major clients including Netflix, Baidu and Alibaba.
Gil Tene explains latency and how it relates to service and response times, measuring latency, common misconceptions about latency, what to do when a system's latency can't meet SLAs, and much more.
Stephanie Weirich gives an introduction to the ideas behind dependent typing, dependent typing in Haskell, extending Haskell, and the status and future of type theory.
Leah Hanson explains the characteristics of the Julia language, its type system, how to use and implement static analysis for the Julia language in the Julia language, and much more.
Performance engineer Monica Beckwith covers tuning java garbage collection, including: defining customer requirements; methodology; baselining and measurement; strengths and weaknesses of the different collectors; heap usage; causes of GC pauses; the distribution of pauses; tuning pause characteristics; going off-heap to avoid collection; scaling GC on multi-core and high memory machines.
Amir Chaudhry explains the ideas behind Unikernels, implementations like the OCaml-based MirageOS and Haskell-based HalVM, Rump Kernels for integrating with legacy code and much more.