Great Lakes Software Symposium
November 13 - 15, 2009 - Chicago, IL
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Tackling Concurrency on the JVM
In this presentation we will take a quick walk though the issues with concurrency and how the solutions provided in Scala and Clojure help address those.
The gaining popularity of multi-core processors has rekindled the concurrency question: How do you effectively implement multithreaded applications on the Java platform? The familiar approach in Java is to create threads and to manage access to shared mutable state using synchronized locks. This approach to concurrency is fraught with hard work and uncertainties. Have you marked the appropriate methods synchronized, did you decorate the relevant fields volatile, did you properly construct the mutually exclusive regions of code, and is there a potential for deadlock lurking in the code.
In this talk you'll learn about alternate ways to tackling concurrency on the JVM. One approach is the functional way, along with an actor based model provided in Scala, to deal with immutable state. This removes the problem at the root, since data can't change there is no issue of contention to contend with. Another distinct approach, provided in Clojure, is to protect access to mutable data, not using locks, but using transactional boundary. The Software Transactional Memory brings database like transaction model to in-memory data. In this presentation we will discuss the pros and cons of these approaches and how to effectively apply them.
About Venkat Subramaniam
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks frequently at international conferences and user groups. Venkat is also an adjunct faculty and teaches CS courses remotely at the University of Houston. He is author of ".NET Gotchas," coauthor of 2007 Jolt Productivity Award winning "Practices of an Agile Developer," author of "Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer" and "Programming Scala: Tackle Multi-Core Complexity on the Java Virtual Machine" (Pragmatic Bookshelf).More About Venkat »