GOTO is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 90 top speaker and 1300 attendees. The conference cover topics such as .Net, Java, Open Source, Agile, Architecture and Design, Web, Cloud, New Languages and Processes

Gil Tene, CTO and Co-founder, Azul Systems

Gil Tene

Biography: Gil Tene

Gil Tene is CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems. He has been involved with virtual machine technologies for the past 20 years and has been building Java technology-based products since 1995. Gil pioneered Azul's Continuously Concurrent Compacting Collector (C4), Java Virtualization, Elastic Memory, and various managed runtime and systems stack technologies that combine to deliver the industry's most scalable and robust Java platforms.

In 2006 he was named one of the Top 50 Agenda Setters in the technology industry by Prior to co-founding Azul, Gil held key technology positions at Nortel Networks, Shasta Networks and at Check Point Software Technologies, where he delivered several industry-leading traffic management solutions including the industry's first Firewall-1 based security appliance. He architected operating systems for Stratus Computer, clustering solutions at Qualix/Legato, and served as an officer in the Israeli Navy Computer R and D unit. Gil holds a BSEE from The Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and has been awarded 27 patents in computer-related technologies.  

Twitter: @giltene

Presentation: Priming Java for Market Open: Getting Fast and Staying Fast

Time: Wednesday 16:30 - 17:20 / Location: Superior

Dynamically optimized code environment present unique challenges for Trading environments. They get us faster code, but also bring temporary slowdowns, often at the worst possible times. Next to GC issues, the most common complaints we hear about Java and C# in trading systems has to do with "warmup" behavior and de-optimization slowdowns that seem to predictably hit such systems just as the market opens, resulting in slow trades when speed matters most. In this talk, Gil Tene (CTO, Azul Systems) will provide an experience-based overview of the some common causes found for market-open slowdowns. Gil will cover the technical issues behind such slowdowns, and discuss some techniques that may be used to avoid them, ranging from simple coding and warmup technique improvements to use of new JVM features specifically build to improve market open and rare trade behavior.

Workshop: Understanding Latency & Application Responsiveness: Characterization and specific considerations in Java environments

Time: Thursday 09:00 - 16:00 / Location: Training Room 1

Managing, monitoring, and improving application responsiveness is a common need for many software professionals. Whether you develop Java applications or manage them, understanding application responsiveness and the major mechanisms that affect it is key to achieving successful applications and happy users. In this workshop, Gil Tene (CTO, Azul Systems) will provide a an in-depth overview of Latency and Response Time Characterization, including proven methodologies for measuring, reporting, and investigating latencies, and and overview of some common pitfalls encountered (far too often) in the field. While most of this discussion will apply to all application environments, some specific considerations in Java based environments will be covered as part of this workshop.

Our discussion will include an exploration of of the common needs and motivations for understanding the behavior of application response time and latency, and ways to successfully capture these descriptions and relate them to business needs.  However, even good characterization of bad data is useless. If measurements of response time present false or misleading latency information, even the best analysis can lead to wrong operational decisions and poor application experience. Gil will demonstrate and discusses some common pitfalls, false assumptions and problematic measurement techniques that lead to dramatically incorrect reporting results, and will explain how these false measurements naturally occur using the most common measurement methods and tools in use today. We will discuss the coordinated data omission problem, and ways to work around it, and will introduce and demonstrate how simple and recently open sourced tools can be used to improve and gain higher confidence in both latency measurement and reporting.

Since Garbage Collection is an integral part of application behavior on Java platforms, and is often dominantly responsible for application responsiveness and latency behavior. As such, it is critically important for Java developers and application managers to understand the basic workings of garbage collectors so that they can better gauge application architecture choices and the actions they can take in selecting and tuning collector mechanisms.  Gil will review and classify the various garbage collectors and collection techniques available in JVMs today, and provide an overview of common garbage collection techniques including generational, parallel, stop-the-world, incremental, concurrent and mostly-concurrent algorithms. We will define terms and metrics common to all collectors, and classify each major JVM collector's mechanisms and characteristics and discuss the tradeoffs involved in balancing requirements for responsiveness, throughput, space, and available memory across varying scale levels. We will include an interactive discussion of how these tradeoffs play off in the real world, and discuss ways to minimize or completely eliminate application responsiveness and latency impacts from Garbage Collection.