Neil Gunther

Neil Gunther
Founder/Principal consultant, Performance Dynamics Company

Website | @DrQz

Neil J. Gunther, M.Sc., Ph.D., SMACM, SMIEEE, is an internationally known IT researcher and computer performance analyst. Prior to starting his own research and consulting company in 1994, Dr. Gunther held teaching, research and management positions at San Jose State University, JPL/NASA, Xerox PARC and Pyramid/Siemens Technology. His “Guerrilla Capacity Planning” training courses have been presented world wide at both corporate and academic institutions including:, Boeing, FedEx, Motorola, Nokia,, Stanford University and UCLA. He has written several books, as well as a multitude of papers, on performance analysis and capacity planning based on consulting work at large-scale web sites like and He is currently finalizing the 2nd edition of his Perl::PDQ book. Dr. Gunther received the prestigious A.A. Michelson Award from the Computer Measurement Group in 2008, and was elected a senior member of both ACM and IEEE in 2009. He is also a member of American Mathematical Society and the American Physical Society.,,


Operations 209/210
Neil Gunther (Performance Dynamics Company), Shanti Subramanyam (Orzota, Inc.), Stefan Parvu (Oracle Finland)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 21 ratings)
Much of the FOSS stack used for running webapps e.g., memcached, mysql, rails, has scalability limitations that are masked by the widespread adoption of horizontal scaleout. But as traffic growth forces the need for cheaper multicore servers, multithreading scalability becomes a real gotcha. This talk will show you how to see such issues ahead of time, quantify them, and improve on them. Read more.

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