Past Meetup

PWL#15 => Devon O'Dell - Nonblocking Algorithms & Scalable Multicore Programming

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PWL Mini

Clark Breyman ( on "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information" (

From Clark:"Through a CS practitioner's lens. It's pretty simple and powerful - I've used it repeatedly as a guiding principle when doing anything from UI to systems design. "

Clark's Bio

Clark Breyman is an principal engineer with Yammer's infrastructure team where he applies a combination of code, OCD, and war stories to make life easier for our product engineers. When not fighting entropy, he enjoys San Francisco, Lindy Hop, yoga and natural language processing.

Main Talk

Devon O'Dell ( on "Nonblocking Algorithms and Scalable Multicore Programming, Exploring some alternatives to lock-based synchronization" by Samy Al Bahra ( )

Devon tells us: "Apart from being a fantastic primer on designing portable concurrent data structures, this well-sourced paper provides a number of captivating ideas on thinking about, modeling, and solving concurrency and contention problems."

Devon's Bio

Devon H. O'Dell is a recovering competitive Guitar Hero and Rock Band addict, but still occasionally enjoys rhythm games and jamming on his ESP Ltd H7-2015. Today, he is a software engineer at Fastly, where he contributes primarily to the performance and debugging of low-level systems. Prior to Fastly, Devon was Lead Software Architect at Message Systems, and contributed heavily to the Momentum high-performance messaging platform. His experience over the last 15 years ranges from web applications to embedded systems firmware (and most areas in-between). His primary technical interests are developing and debugging high-performance, concurrent network systems software and related tools.