From the early 80s to the early 2000s computers got faster and with them the software that we used. But in the last 5 years the perception of performance hasn’t really changed – or even gotten worse! Many things that used to take 30 seconds now take a minute.
The reasons for that are multiple, some of them are rather obvious and others are subtle. In this presentation we’ll explain why it is hard to be fast, walk the audience step by step through one example where we addressed the issue and talk about ways to look at the problem more systematically.
Auke Kok is an engineer in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel, working on Linux startup performance and battery life, focussing on Moblin. He worked on several Intel linux ethernet drivers, after joining Intel in 2006. Auke still maintains a small linux source distribution and is actively involved in the Xfce project.
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