Performance

Episode 38. Hyperthreading, L1/L2 caching, cache busting, thread trashing, and priority bumping!

So we hear about HyperThreading and how it is sooo cool, well, it is and it isn’t. If you are really trying to squeeze performance out of your application HyperThreading might not be what you’re looking for. There are so many other things that happens at the CPU level that have so weird names (like Thread Thrashing, ‘say whaaaat?’). If you are really serious on squeezing every worthy CPU cycle of your app (or if you’re interesting on what really really goes under the hood) take a listen! (ah! and treat me a beer, if you like what you hear!)

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Episode 36. An Intro to Multithreading Programming

This is a presentation I did for the Chicago Java Users Group on the topic of multithreading. There are some solid foundations in here to start tackling multithreading programming. Some of it might’ve been already been seen in depth from our other episodes, but in all, it has good foundations for anyone that does multithreading programming.

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Episode 22. Garbage man! An introduction on the finer details Garbage Collection

Garbage collections are like the engine of a car, we know it works, we know that it powers the car, but not much else, but once it breaks down, we usually don’t have a too much of a clue on how to fix it. In this episode we talk about how garbage collections happen, the things it looks for, and more importantly, how it changes your code (there are certain things that you can do to make your code garbage collector friendly). Having this knowledge will help you in the long road on troubleshooting any garbage collection issues (including tuning!), so take a listen to the garbage man!

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The holy grail of JVM Tuning http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/gc-tuning-5-138395.html
YourKit Java memory profiler http://www.yourkit.com/
Charlie Hunt Java performance book http://www.amazon.com/Java-Performance-Charlie-Hunt/dp/0137142528
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Episode 21. The JVM Crashed…Now what?!

So you’re programming along when suddenly support calls and says that the application just “disappeared”, or, the server process is not there anymore, both of them leaving you with a hprof.pid file. You have just witnessed the murder of a Java Virtual Machine, and now is your turn to figure out what happen, and what can we do to prevent such senseless crashes. We cover the main reasons for crashes (most likely not your fault), and best of all, ways around it! So put on your detective hat and let’s solve the mysteries surrounding JVM Crashes once and for all!
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-XX:+ShowMessageBoxOnError http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/clopts-139448.html#gbmui
.hotspot_compiler to stop compilation of methods
More JVM Options (-Xint to disable JIT compiling)
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Episode 15. Java Swing and Performance. It’s not slow!

Taking the performance theme, we move into the dark corners of Java Swing and discover that it is not a lame horse at all! Swing is very fast (with support for directX and OpenGL!), but sometimes is hard to get it to perform right. In this podcast we talk about how to make sure of respecting the EDT, offloading from the EDT, we explain how the EventQueue works, and show THE technique for fast GUI performance. If you know what Swing is, tune in! We will dispell Swing’s performance myths!

Using Aspects to debug Swing Apps (http://weblogs.java.net/blog/alexfromsun/archive/2006/02/debugging_swing.html)
Java Flags for DirectX and OpenGL (http://docs.oracle.com/javase/1.5.0/docs/guide/2d/flags.html)
InvokeLater, InvokeAndWait (http://java.sun.com/products/jfc/tsc/articles/threads/threads1.html)

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Episode 14. Optimizing for Performance – The tools

In the second part of optimization, we talk about the tools (or more properly algorithms) that you can use to optimize a piece of code. Ever wonder how to make a piece of code faster? or difference between caching and Divide-and-Conquer? then tune in! You’ll become the McGyver of code optimization.

Fork/Join Java 7 (http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/essential/concurrency/forkjoin.html)
Guava (http://code.google.com/p/guava-libraries/)
Charlie Hunt’s book (http://www.amazon.com/Java-Performance-Charlie-Hunt/dp/0137142528)
OpenCL for Java (http://www.jocl.org/)
Aparapi (http://developer.amd.com/zones/java/aparapi/Pages/default.aspx)

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Episode 13. Optimizing for Performance

We all love speed, code speed that is! In this podcast we delve into code optimizations, and what does it mean to optimize for speed. We go over what is the mind-state that you need as you optimize code and offer sneaky shortcuts that allows 10-fold improvement with very little code change (Caching, or pregenerating, or timed-updates). More importantly we go over the process on defining when you have “arrived” at a good optimization point, and hopefully help you optimize what is really important (measuring for performance). If you need to scale up/out and around, listen to this episode!

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Episode 7. Threads, Priorities, and Swing’s Golden Rule

In this episode we talk about Threads and Threading, the difference between Daemon and User Threads, and why changing priorities is not for the weak of heart. Also we cover Swing’s golden Threading rule (with the Event Dispatching Thread). If you ever typed new Thread(), or if you heard to be careful about Swing and Threading, this episode is for you!

 

Episode 5. Producing and Consuming, ThreadPoolExecutor, and Latency vs Throughput

In this podcast we dive into the age-old producer and consumer problem, talked about the different aspects of it (what does it really solve?), and explain the difference between throughput vs latency. Lastly we discuss the ThreadPoolExecutor and how to fine tune it for your particular project needs!

 

Episode 3. Memory leaks, memory references and garbage collections!

This episode goes deep into memory in Java, understanding how memory leaks happen (and how to solve them!), also how to design to avoid memory leaks, weak and soft references, and how the Garbage collector works (Eden, Tenured, Perm). This podcast will help everyone that needs to take care of a memory leak!

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