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Track Overview

Mechanical Sympathy: The Software/Hardware Divide

Software and hardware are like two sides of the same coin. One doesn’t make sense without the other. No matter which domain you work in, you should have an understanding of the other side. But what does understanding mean? What can software engineers learn to help extract the most out of the hardware their applications run on?

This track will look at the boundary between hardware and software. What are capabilities that the hardware provides we can take advantage of? What are the challenges to look out for? How do we create/apply new tools and techniques to deal with all the latest trends in hardware to extract maximum performance from our systems?


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PANEL DISCUSSION

Mechanical Sympathy Panel

Wednesday Nov 18 / 02:30PM EST

In this panel, we’ll continue the conversation about mechanical sympathy by bringing our speakers back to discuss where they see future trends and new ideas they have yet to try. We will touch on new tools that can provide even better insights into what is happening in our systems. We will...

Susie Xia

Senior Performance Engineer @Netflix

Adekunle Adepoju

Senior Software Engineer @Netflix

Ramesh Subramonian

Principal Engineer @TargetNews


Speakers from this track

Susie Xia

Senior Performance Engineer @Netflix

Susie works on the Performance Engineering team at Netflix. The team is responsible for bringing higher efficiency to the Netflix streaming and studio environments, identifying bottlenecks and optimizing systems with creative tooling and analysis. On the team, she has been focusing on making...

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Adekunle Adepoju

Senior Software Engineer @Netflix

Adekunle works on the Content Platform Engineering team at Netflix, which is tasked with optimizing and accelerating the process of content creation. This involves using engineering methodologies to turn the complex human processes of content creation, into a more deterministic process in order...

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Ramesh Subramonian

Principal Engineer @TargetNews

Ramesh Subramonian is a Principal Engineer at Target in the High-Performance Computing Group. He likes to build high-performance systems with a focus on efficient usage of computing resources. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from UC Davis after an undergraduate degree in computer science from...

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Track Date

Wednesday Nov 18 / 12:00PM EST

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Ed Hunter

Engineering Leader @Netflix

Ed Hunter is an Engineering Director at Netflix running the Performance and Demand engineering teams. These two teams build the tools and techniques to help the Netflix microservice owners ensure their services run as efficiently and reliably as possible with the resources they need. Prior to...

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