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Top 10 - Performance Folklore



Martin Thompson discusses Java, concurrency, operating systems, and functional programming in the context of designing and testing high-performance systems.


Martin Thompson is a high-performance and low-latency specialist, with experience gained over two decades working on large scale transactional and big-data systems. He believes in Mechanical Sympathy, i.e. applying an understanding of the hardware to the creation of software as being fundamental to delivering elegant high-performance solutions.

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Software is Changing the World. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Jan 29, 2014

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  • Great presentation

    by Peter Veentjer,

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    Always a joy to listen to his presentations.

  • Informative and fun

    by Richard Richter,

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    I saw probably three presentations by him and they were very informative and fun in the process. This one is no exception.

  • Wishful concurrency

    by Jeff Hain,

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    At 34m40s: (I thought that deserved to be printed)

    « Sometimes we have absolutely no choice and we need to go parallel and use a lot of concurrency. If you do, get people in who are good at it.

    And actually, I found most of the people who are really good at it, their instinct is they'll do it as an absolute last resort, because they know how complicated it actually gets.

    There is a scottish comedian called Billy Connolly [who said]: "people who want to own a gun, or be a politician, should be automatically barred from either of them."

    And I think it's the same with concurrency: anybody who just wants to do it should not be allowed. »

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