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Unorthodox Paths to High Performance



Alex Rasmussen examines some lessons learned while building record-setting sorting systems at UC San Diego, and how re-examining the assumptions, understanding the hardware, and actively avoiding work can make building high-performance systems easier.


Alex Rasmussen got his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 2013. While at UCSD, he worked on really efficient large-scale data processing and set a few world sorting records, making him a hit at parties. He's currently working at Trifacta, helping to build the industry's leading big data washing machine.

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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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Aug 21, 2016