Systems performance engineering

Wednesday 1st August 2018, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Colin Butcher, FBCS, CITP, CEng, of XDelta Limited

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

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This session will discuss the principles governing systems performance when designing and trouble-shooting systems and their associated infrastructure.

There are a wide range of issues to be considered, especially those affecting throughput, response times, scalability and availability. Performance is not something that can always be dealt with by system tuning or simply buying bigger hardware. Performance issues frequently result in systems failing in some form or other, which affects availability and causes disruption to service. Understanding the characteristics that govern performance and overall system behaviour helps us to design and implement more reliable systems that can cope with changing workloads..

About the speaker


Colin is a consulting engineer who specialises in the technical leadership of mission-critical and disaster-tolerant systems and infrastruture projects. His background is in large scale systems engineering, including software design and development. He has been responsible for the design, implementation and trouble-shooting of systems in a wide range of industries such as aerospace, power generation, finance, healthcare and transport.

Colin is a well-known speaker with specific interests in availability, performance, security, networking and storage.

Twitter: @colinbutcher

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