Azul Zing

Igniting In-Memory Performance with GridGain and Zing

  There is a simple reality in computing, which is that accessing data from memory is significantly faster than from disk. It’s just physics. Hard disk drives spin and use a moving head to read and write data to the disk via changes in the magnetic field. Despite high spin speeds and small heads, there…

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Zing: Delivering More Performance with Less Administration

The Zing Virtual Machine (ZVM) has been developed to address the performance-related issues that result from a managed runtime environment that is provided by the JVM. These fall into two specific areas: Application response latency caused by the garbage collector (GC) pausing application threads to perform its work. Reduced initial throughput when an application is…

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Making Java Wider

Or, at least, more widely available. Azul’s business is Java. Not using it, but providing people with alternatives for the JVM and JDK binaries. We think this is a good thing because it gives people a choice of which distribution of Java they use. The obvious question that people ask is, “Well, Java is write…

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Why We Called Our New JIT Compiler Falcon

Here at Azul, our primary focus is on figuring out how to make the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as fast as possible. If you look at what the JVM does for Java application code there are three main areas of functionality, all of which affect the performance of applications:  Memory management (including the Garbage Collector)…

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Did you have a Black Friday that was record-setting and boring?

That was the report from one of the world’s largest e-commerce sites. They worked hard to make their holiday shopping season a success, and here’s what they reported after Black Friday 2016: “We had an awesome and a BORING holiday. Yes, I said BORING, which is what me and my team worked really hard for….

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Heisenberg, Myoclonic Jerks of the Diaphragm and Java

I studied physics at university and one of the hardest, but most interesting, subjects was quantum mechanics. As part of this, we studied the famous Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principal, which is also associated with the “Observer Effect”. Essentially, what this says is that the act of observing something (at the sub-atomic level) changes what you’re observing…

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Azul and Pontus Networks combine to help reduce the risk of FX Market arbitrage

Why is this important? The combination of Azul Zing plus PontusVision Thread Manager provides investment banks with a proven 20X latency improvement on FX pricing system performance By deploying Thread Manager, FX market arbitrage risk is greatly reduced through improved platform performance and the eradication of response time outliers The Zing edition of Thread Manager…

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