Presentation: High Performance Actors

Track: Bare Knuckle Performance

Location: Westminster, 4th flr.

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

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Typically, when looking at performance, organisations look at it in terms of resource utilisation. One way Akka actors stand out is by using resources very efficiently, while also maintaining the Reactive Principles such as resilience, i.e. the ability to react to failure in a non-catastrophic, graceful manner.

In this talk, we’ll take a deep-dive to investigate how efficient resource utilisation is achieved with Akka. We'll look at some of the other libraries that Akka leverages for improved efficiency, e.g. Aeron & JCTools. We’ll also review a real-life business case which illustrates Akka’s ability to outperform other architectures and achieve efficient resource utilisation while lower operating costs.

After this session, you should be confident in your ability to achieve improved efficiency at scale with Akka. You should also be ready to start building performance critical systems using the Actor model.

Speaker: Kiki Carter

Building on Reactive Architectures @Lightbend

Kiki Carter is a Principal Enterprise Architect at Lightbend, Inc. 

I have a passion for leading enterprise transformations, creating innovative solutions using emerging technologies to modernize heritage environments. I find a certain joy developing large scale, high performance distributed systems using Reactive Principles, especially when building with Lightbend Reactive Platform - Akka and friends. I have slight Scala bias, but at least half of my time is spent with Java. I enjoy the benefits of broad industry experience having worked in entertainment, hospitality, retail, life science and others. I do play favorites, but you’ll have to ask on the right day. My personal passion project involves non-profit missions in anti human trafficking with focus on prevention and aftercare. For fun, I live “simultaneously” on different continents and wander all the earth and seas between.

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