List/Grid Tag Archives: Performance

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Caching best practices

Introduction There is an irresistible attraction to writing custom caching solutions, since it seems to be the easiest path to “improving” the overall application performance. Well, ...
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The regex that broke a server

I’ve never thought I would see an unresponsive server due to a bad regex matcher but that’s just happened to one of our services, yielding it it unresponsive. Let’s assume we ...
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How to estimate memory consumption?

This story goes back at least a decade, when I was first approached by a PHB with a question “How big servers are we going to need to buy for our production deployment”. The new ...
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Want to get faster with AtomicLong? Make it wait.

I often hear that Java atomic types (java.util.concurrent.atomic) are super-fast and play nicely with highly concurrent code. Most of the time, atomics do their job in a robust and ...
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How to serialize an array of doubles with a byte (binary delta encoding for low-varianced monotonic sets of floating point data)

Low latency systems require high performance message processing and passing. As in most cases data has to be transfered over the wire or serialised for persistence, encoding and decoding ...
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MongoDB “Lightning Fast Aggregation” Challenged with Oracle

What does “Scale” even mean in the context of databases? When talking about scaling, people have jumped to the vendor-induced conclusion that:SQL doesn’t scale NoSQL scalesIt ...
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Performance tuning – measure don’t guess

In my performance tuning career I have given the advice to measure and not guess more often than I can recall. And in many cases the target of this advice has given up after looking ...
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Throughput and latency: performance tuning made simple

Many of our previous topics have measured the behaviour of certain systems in terms of either latency or throughput. As it can be confusing to understand what either of the term actually ...
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Investigating Memory Leaks Part 2 – Analysing the Problem

The first blog in this mini-series looked at creating a very leaky sample application, so that we can investigate techniques for solving heap based problems on server applications. ...
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(Part 1 of 3): Synopsis of articles & videos on Performance tuning, JVM, GC in Java, Mechanical Sympathy, et al

I have been contemplating for a number of months about reviewing a cache of articles and videos on topics like Performance tuning, JVM, GC in Java, Mechanical Sympathy, etc… ...
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