Writing Concurrent Code With Lock-Free Algorithms

  • Date TBC
  • Belfast
  • £1999 + VAT

A deep dive into the world of high performance with Martin Thompson, world authority on concurrent programming

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Backed by many years of hard-won experience, Martin has created a truly inspiring and challenging course for Java and C++ programmers interested in building low-latency, high-throughput systems.

Taking a unique hardware-up approach, Martin will teach you how to build code that reaches world-class performance levels.

By the end of this course candidates will have acquired a new in-depth knowledge of concurrent programming that allows them to develop data structures such as queues, executors, and shared memory IPC transports that significantly out perform any products currently available.

In addition to learning the basic techniques of building high-performance data structures, a performance testing and profiling discipline will be introduced that is fundamental to working at the extremes of systems performance.


Understanding Mechanical Sympathy

  • Performance considerations on modern hardware
  • How modern x86-64 hardware informs concurrent and high performance programming techniques
  • Memory models for software and hardware
  • Why contention of any type is the enemy and how to avoid it
  • How we manage contention when we absolutely must
  • How the JVM provides support for concurrent programs
  • Profiling and performance testing

Concurrent and High-performance Algorithm Design

  • Lock-free concurrency primitives
  • Signalling state change
  • Ensuring order
  • Concurrent data structures – Queues, Dynamic Lists, Executors, Shared memory IPC, Locks
  • Preventing speculative execution during critical data exchanges
  • Managing contended state
  • Wait-free techniques
  • API design to avoid the latency J-curve
  • Efficient back-off strategies
  • Discovering hidden contention and how to avoid it


Please bring your own laptop, installed with your favourite IDE and Java 8 or 11. Your machine must be capable of running at least 4 concurrent threads. The OS does not matter (Macbooks and Windows machines are fine), but if you have a native Linux installation, then you can avail of bonus parts to the exercises.

We can supply a suitable Windows Laptop at an additional cost, if you require.

About The Trainer

Martin Thompson is one of the world’s foremost experts on concurrency and low-latency software.

Having spent many years designing and developing systems for some of the busiest exchanges in the world, Martin now works as an independent consultant and trainer.

Martin is in huge demand both as a conference speaker and as a trainer, and has been packing in the crowds at JavaOne, QCon, GOTO, and much more besides.

Martin Thompson

Martin Thompson is one of the world’s foremost experts on concurrency and low-latency software.

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This course was really great. It changed the way I think about all my programming work, not just with concurrent systems.

Excellent course materials and code examples, helping you to try things for yourself and learn by doing. The course has provided a wealth of useful information. Martin also covered interesting areas on request in order to tailor parts to the interest of participants. The most useful course I've ever done.

The course is excellent, the materials very well prepared, the off the cuff discussions invaluable.

I feel it would be very worthwhile for all serious developers to think about attending this course!

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