Where Did All These Cycles Go?

Thomas Dullien (Optimyze.cloud) exposed all the hidden places where you can recover your wasted CPU resources.

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Thomas Dullien

Thomas Dullien, CEO of optimyze.cloud Inc.

Thomas spent 20+ years in computer security (under the pseudonym ""Halvar Flake""); he built a company around low-level code analysis tools for analyzing security patches and malware which was acquired by Google in 2011. He also worked in various realms of security research, among other things into bad DRAM (RowHammer). At some point, he realized that performance work is very similar to security work: In security, you analyze legacy systems, find issues, and then everybody is angry -- but in performance, you can analyze legacy systems, find problems, and then everybody is happy because you made it faster. As a consequence, he co-founded optimyze.cloud in 2018, where he works on building large-scale performance observability and optimization tooling.