"Multi-core Hysteria": FUD about CRUD?
Location: Portland Ballroom 255 Audience level: Intermediate
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
Andrea O. K. Wright enjoys organizing weekly ‘Ruby Tuesday’ tech lunch-and-learns for her colleagues at Chariot Solutions, a consulting firm based in Fort Washington, PA. A 15-year IT industry veteran, she currently works with Rails technology exclusively. At RailsConf 2007 she presented a talk about the respond_to mechanism and co-moderated a BoF about Hackety Hack (the Coder’s Starter Kit) and Ruby/Rails User Groups. She spoke about creating games with Ruby at several conferences last year, including RubyConf.