"Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD?

Andrea O.K. Wright (Chariot Solutions)
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Location: D135-136

In a blog post called “Multi-core hysteria and the thread confusion,” DHH wrote that the advancement of “multi-core technology has caused quite a few folks to pontificate that the sky is falling for Rails because we’re not big on using threads.” He asserts that “It isn’t.”
In this talk I will detail specific concerns Rails community members have brought up and evaluate them, MythBusters-style. The issues are largely centered around the importance of making Rails thread-safe in short order and how much work would be required to make the changes. I will describe the status of the concurrency support for each of the main Ruby implementations. Then I will analyze relevant parts of the Rails core code to determine the extent to which Rails is poised to leverage those concurrency models to enhance performance.

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Andrea O.K. Wright

Chariot Solutions

Andrea O. K. Wright specializes in Ruby technology for Chariot Solutions, a consulting firm based in Fort Washington, PA. A 14-year IT industry veteran, she has presented about advanced classloading concepts and annotation processing at JavaOne and topics ranging from developing games in Ruby to thread safety at national and regional Ruby conferences including RubyConf and RailsConf.

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