I am a software engineer, and I am motivated by the beauty I uncover when building complex systems.
Fibers Are the Right Solution
The majority of performance improvements in modern processors are due to increased core count rather than increased instruction execution frequency. To maximise hardware utilization, applications need to use multiple processes and threads. Servers that process discrete requests are a good candidate for both parallelization and concurrency improvements. We discuss different ways in which servers can improve processor utilization and how these different approaches affect application code. We show that fibers require minimal changes to existing application code and are thus a good approach for retrofitting existing systems.