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Published: Mar 16, 2012
There is a worrying trend that developers are becoming too distant from the hardware on which their code runs. Increasing virtualization and separation between development and operations makes this worse. In stark contrast some teams are writing code that leverages mechanical sympathy to get incredibly high performance from their software. The LMAX Disruptor is an open-source example in Java. For high performance cases like finance and Big data, getting closer to the metal can yield big returns.