Talkin' Puma and the Rails Performance Workshop with Nate Berkopec

Today we have a special guest Nate Berkopec, who runs a Ruby on Rails performance consultancy called Speedshop. He’s back with us to catch up and talk about Rails and performance and what’s happening with Puma. Nate tells us about his Rails Performance Workshop he recently released, his book, and he shares advice on what you should do if want to learn more about performance. The guys chat about the release of Hotwire, Nate explains Global VM Lock, Ractor is being released soon, and the “virtual machine” that runs Ruby code. Also, Nate shares stories with us what it was like traveling during the pandemic. Download this episode now to find out much more!

[00:01:20] Nate tells us a little bit about himself, what he does, and a book he wrote. 

[00:02:18] Nate talks about the Rails Performance workshop he released a month ago.
[00:06:02] Jason asks Nate if he has any plans to go back into the in-person training or if he will keep the current format if it’s showing more advantages.
[00:08:03] If you are interested in learning more about performance, Nate shares advice what you should do.

[00:09:37] Jason announces that today we are basking in the release of Hotwire, and he’s curious from a performance perspective if there are any downsides or any performance benefits to doing HTML over the wire.

[00:19:37] Chris asks Nate to talk about scaling his WebSocket side of things. He also tells us about Puma.
[00:24:11] Nate tells us about Samuel Williams (ioquatix) and his work around the fiber scheduler and he also mentions Ractor being released soon.

[00:26:34] Nate explains the Global VM Lock and he tells us he has an article on his Speedshop blog about this. He also mentions he has a new book coming out in January, and he tells us in your Ruby process there is a “virtual machine” that runs Ruby code.
[00:29:10] Nate explains that Puma has two jobs and Andrew asks Nate if there is anything on the horizon for Puma.

[00:34:10] Nate tells us what it was like traveling the world during the pandemic and what’s it’s like being back home.
Jason Charnes
Chris Oliver
Andrew Mason

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