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The “Uncanny Valley” of L3 Cache Contention


While preparing for my talk at QCon SF 2014, I wanted to investigate a theory around how micro-benchmarks are not a useful reflection of how software may behave when run as part of a larger application.  Specifically due contention in the last-level cache (L3* in current Intel CPUs). An Example Last year while working on a system to store market ...

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An Alternative Multi-Producer Approach


Recently on InfoQ, Aliaksei Papou posted an article on some of his experiments with high performance interchange of messages between threads.  There were a number of examples within the article, but I am going to focus on the multi-producer case.  One of the optimisations that the article showed was that if you knew the number of producers that you have ...

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Release of Disruptor 3.0.0


I’ve decided that I’m a bit bored of the whole putting a beta tag on various versions of the Disruptor so I’ve decide to send forth Disruptor 3.0.0 into the world. The big challenges of this release were to clean up the code and come up with a better algorithm for handling multiple producers. If I was lucky, make it ...

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