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Gil Tene Presents: Java at speed - getting the most out of modern deployments

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The notion of "speed" in modern deployments can be challenging and multifaceted. Running fast, Deploying fast, Starting fast, and Staying fast are somewhat unrelated manifestations of an attribute we might call "speed". We obviously don't like seeing the opposite of any of those, but understanding the things that contribute to each behavior can help spend our time where it matters. In this talk, we will cover the different aspects of speed and dive into the details of each. We will deep dive into examples of optimizations that the latest crop of JVMs are able to apply when running on the latest servers and cloud hardware. We will discuss JIT compilers and other runtime features, and the interplay the they introduce between different aspect of speed. We will touch on the impact of various aspects of speed on service and application behavior and experience, and on some of the metrics that one might focus on when gauging the impact of rolling out software onto modern deployment environments, or when looking to improve or optimize outcomes in such setups.

Gil Tene is CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems. He has been involved with virtual machine and runtime technologies for the past 25 years. His pet focus areas include system responsiveness and latency behavior. Gil is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide, and an official JavaOne Rock Star. He pioneered the Continuously Concurrent Compacting Collector (C4) that powers Azul's continuously reactive Java platforms. In past lives, he also designed and built operating systems, network switches, firewalls, and laser based mosquito interception systems.

A BIG THANK YOU to Azul Systems for sponsoring food and drinks!

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