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Continuous performance engineering and testing, as well as attending conferences, are crucial for performance engineers to stay updated on industry trends and advancements in order to improve efficiency and create resilient systems.

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Show Notes

Alex Podelko, a senior performance engineer at Amazon Web Services, discusses the biggest changes in performance testing in the last three to five years. He highlights the importance of continuous testing and monitoring in the cloud and agile development era, as well as the challenges of developing a one-size-fits-all approach to continuous performance testing. He also calls for the academic community to be more involved in developing new solutions for this emerging field.

Episode Insights

☁️ Load testing and performance engineering have become more important as industries move to the cloud, agile development, and continuous deployments.
πŸ‘οΈ Continuous testing and monitoring are essential in this environment.
🧩 There is no one-size-fits-all approach to continuous performance testing, as it requires new methods, statistical analysis, and AI.
πŸŽ“ The academic community needs to be more involved in developing new solutions for continuous performance testing.
πŸ—“οΈ There are a few academic conferences devoted to performance, but they are not enough.

Key Points

  • πŸ“’ 00:00 Open text sponsors the episode and offers LoadRunner for load testing professionals, while West networks provides sdwan Solutions for various industries, ensuring unbreakable connectivity and reliable access to critical information. Expand
  • πŸ“ 01:56 Performance engineer Alexander Podelco discusses the importance of continuous performance engineering and testing in adapting to industry trends such as cloud and agile development. Expand
  • πŸ“š 05:04 Conferences for performance engineers are valuable for learning and sharing experiences, but finding comprehensive ones can be challenging, with the CMG conference being a notable option. Expand
  • πŸ“š 07:50 Academic conferences like ICP International Conference on performance engineering are not boring as they focus on generating new ideas and advancements in performance engineering without sales pitches or advertisements. Expand
  • πŸ“š 10:41 Conferences for performance engineers offer networking and learning opportunities on topics like performance continuum, cloud performance, and artificial intelligence. Expand
  • πŸ“ 12:28 The speaker mentions conferences like Netflix’s, the International Conference on Performance Engineering, and the Performance Advisory Council as great places to learn about performance engineering and share knowledge with peers.
  • πŸ“’ 13:44 There is a need for more conferences for performance engineers to discuss and collaborate on topics like testing, monitoring, observability, and resiliency, as the emphasis on performance is shifting towards being a characteristic of a resilient system, with a criticism of a conference for being too focused on financial aspects and an emphasis on the importance of engineering in improving efficiency. Expand
  • πŸ“… 15:57 The conference for performance engineers, ICPE, will be held in London from May 7th to May 11th, 2024, with paper submissions due in early November 2023.


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