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Track: Bare Knuckle Performance

Location: St James, 4th flr.

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Crushing latency and getting the most out of your hardware.

Track Host: Monica Beckwith

Java Champion, First Lego League Coach, passionate about JVM Performance @Microsoft

Java Champion Monica Beckwith is considered a subject matter expert, has several published articles and gets regular invitations to give talks on JVM/JIT Compilation/Garbage Collection (GC). She is also a JavaOne Rock Star.

Monica has made various performance contributions to the Java HotSpot VM by identifying the need for a NUMA-aware allocator and allocation patterns, reduction of redundant instructions, reduction of the Java object header, prefetching patterns, redundant array checks in a loop and various other optimizations for the JIT compiler, the generated code, the JVM heuristics and garbage collection and collectors.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Monica was the JVM Performance Architect at Arm. Her past also includes leading Oracle’s Garbage First Garbage Collector performance team.

Track Host: Werner Schuster

Conference Chair & InfoQ Editor Functional Programming, @Wolfram

Werner Schuster (@murphee) sometimes writes software, sometimes writes about software. He focuses on languages, VMs and compilers, HTML5/Javascript, and recently more on performance optimisation.

10:35am - 11:25am


There’s a radical advance in Java development waiting for you, right here. Why is everyone excited about Quarkus? Does it really produce sub-atomic applications? Is it an exaggeration to say it boots at “supersonic” speed?

If you wonder how these figures are even possible, this is the session for you: we’ll see it in action, empower you to repeat the tests yourself, and explain how it works.

Costs of cloud infrastructure, Continuous Delivery, Kubernetes, reactive scalability, microservices… all are pushing for a radical redesign of our favourite platforms, of our deployment models. But is it possible to keep using the battle-tested libraries we have experience with? To keep programming with the APIs we’re familiar with? To keep benefitting from the JVM? What about the standards we all invested in?

Come join us and learn how Quarkus can make this all happen, either by leveraging high density deployments via GraalVM native images, or by targeting the traditional JVM: in both cases we’ll push the efficiency bar to the extreme.

Sanne Grinovero, Senior Principal Software Engineer @RedHat

11:50am - 12:40pm

Does Java Need Inline Types? What Project Valhalla Can Bring to Java

Inline(value) types are the key part of experimental project Valhalla which should bring new abilities to Java language. It's a story not only about performance, it's also a  story about safety, abstraction,expressiveness, maintainability, etc. But on this session we will talk about performance. Which performance benefits inline types bring to Java and how we could exploit it.

Sergey Kuksenko, Java Performance Engineer @Oracle

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Performance Open Space

Details to follow.

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Maximizing Applications Performance with GraalVM

GraalVM is a high-performance virtual machine offering new optimizations for individual languages and seamless interoperability for polyglot applications. One of the interesting features one can get with GraalVM is the freedom to choose between JIT and AOT compilation modes. This way you can optimize for different performance metrics, employing proper developer tools, and selecting the best language libraries for the job.  

In this session, we'll go through optimization strategies for the most common cases, discuss benefits and trade-offs of each case, and discuss what the latest project updates, such as Java 11 support and the GraalVM 20.0 major release, can offer for speeding up your applications. We'll also take a look at how to make real-world applications GraalVM-ready, and how languages like JavaScript, Ruby, R and Python can also benefit from GraalVM.

Alina Yurenko, Developer Advocate for GraalVM @Oracle

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Understanding CPU Microarchitecture to Increase Performance

Microprocessors have evolved over decades to eke out performance from existing code. But the microarchitecture of the CPU leaks into the assumptions of a flat memory model, with the result that equivalent code can run significantly faster by working with, rather than fighting against, the microarchitecture of the CPU.  

In this talk, Alex Blewitt will present the microarchitecture of modern CPUs, showing how misaligned data can cause cache line false sharing, how branch prediction works and when it fails, how to read CPU specific performance monitoring counters and use that in conjunction with tools like perf and toplev to discover where bottlenecks in CPU heavy code live. We’ll use these facts to revisit performance advice on general code patterns and the things to look out for in executing systems. The talk will be language agnostic, although it will be based on the Linux/x86_64 architecture.

Alex Blewitt, Head of Cloud Infrastructure at Santander

5:25pm - 6:15pm

Performance vs. New Features: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Zero-Sum Game

In this talk we'll explore implementing CRC checksums for a durable log while trying to retain respectable performance. We'll discuss motivations for applying checksums and explore how convoluted this process can be. We need to deal with missing/convoluted APIs to get the basics working. Then to complete your feature, you still need to consider the performance implications of your design. We'll tie things together with highlighting how a new feature can amplify the call to revisit performance of an overall design.

Dmitry Vyazelenko, Founder at Safepoint Ost


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