JVM Performance and Optimization for Scala Engineers

Learn techniques for writing performant Scala code and effective use of tools for analyzing performance.

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The JVM is a rock-solid, battle-proven platform for developing and deploying applications. Thousands of engineering years have been invested into the facilities available on it, resulting in sophisticated garbage collection and just-in-time compilation mechanisms. The interaction between this platform and our applications is nuanced and often misunderstood; more so when using the Scala programming language.

In this 2 day workshop, the participants will learn about the two major runtime mechanisms of the JVM affecting performance - the JIT compiler and the garbage collector - and how they interact with applications written in the Scala programming language; techniques for writing performant Scala code and effective use of tools for analyzing performance.

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Who Should Attend

Engineers, SREs and tech leads responsible for production Scala applications.


Basic knowledge of the Scala programming language and the JVM; basic experience running Scala applications in production.


  • Overview of the JVM
  • Garbage collection on the JVM
  • Types of garbage collectors and choosing a garbage collector for a workload
  • Analyzing allocations in Scala code
  • Writing Scala code that is lean on allocations
  • Analyzing bytecode to pinpoint allocations
  • Monitoring garbage collector performance at runtime
  • Understanding JIT compilation on the JVM
  • Benchmarking code using JMH
  • Analyzing JIT behaviour at runtime
  • Writing JIT-friendly Scala code
  • Using Yourkit to monitor JVM performance at runtime (and on Kubernetes)
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CEO Hunters.ai

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