Author: Michael Kopp.
If your application is executing more statements or downloading more data than is necessary, no amount of backend tuning will have your site running at the highest level of performance. This article serves as a reminder that the application accessing the data can be prime territory for performance improvement efforts. Monitoring and management of the performance aspect of databases is important of course, but don’t ignore the application itself!
Author: Bryce Howard.
Network service latency can introduce significant delays in a site that at first glance seems out of your control. Tuning the site is useful, but how can the number of round trips be reduced? Bryce Howard’s 50 minute talk at Surge 2012 goes into deep detail of low-level networking protocols to address ways of dropping the round trip requirements. He eliminated the need for a new data centre for a Tax Service site by improving speed 500% by dropping the number of round trips from 6 to 1 per request. While the round trip time (RTT) is more-or-less fixed, it is possible to drop the number of round trips which can result in a tremendous improvement to time to first (and last) byte.
Author: Thoriq Firdaus.
Simple graphics on a page can be created using Scalable Vector Graphics (or SVG) embedded in HTML. These graphics are often smaller than their bitmapped counterparts, as well as being scalable and can be styled to suit most applications. A site that has a number of simple polygonal bitmapped graphics can be lightened considerably.
Author: Dimitri Kravtchuk.
Dimitri compares EXT4 and XFS filesystems in detail using MySQL and InnoDB on a linux server with Fusion-io card controlling flash drives.
Author: Joshua Bixby.
Strangeloop Networks earlier this summer measured the performance of top e-commerce sites, comparing the full and mobile sides. This article is a high level review of the findings.