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Caching Strategies for High Performance -- Introduction

Caching Strategies for High Performance
In the fall of 2018 I had the opportunity for the first time to teach a seminar in Performance Engineering to graduate students at the University of Washington's Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in Seattle, near where I live. Conceptually, I built the class around the investigation of web application performance that I originally published on this blog beginning here. In structuring the content of the class, I was also fortunate in being able to take advantage of Andre Bondi's very readable textbook, Foundations of Software Performance Engineering. Dr. Bondi's excellent book is informed by his academic background in analytic queuing modeling, along with extensive professional experience with performance stress testing, both areas of expertise that complement my background and experience with its emphasis on instrumentation, measurement tools, and empirical studies of hardware and application performance. If yo…
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