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Can AI Outperform Engineers in Optimizing System Performance and Efficiency?

Stefano Doni
April 29, 2024
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Can AI Outperform Engineers in Optimizing System Performance and Efficiency?

Can AI outperform engineers in optimizing system performance and efficiency?

Those is one of my favourite questions I got asked during the recent webinar with Sabre.

I prepared a quick deck showing 3 super interesting and counter-intuitive examples. We used Akamas to optimzie different systems, and we were suprised looking at the optimal configuration AI identified. As performance engineers, we would have never tried such configurations... but it turned out, they provided double digit cost or performance improvements!

#1: Improving Java application performance via JVM tuning
#2: Reducing costs of an app running on EC2 by picking optimal instance types
#3: Optimizing throughput of a MongoDB database via MongoDB+OS tuning

Stefano Doni

April 29, 2024
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  1. © 2024 Akamas • All Rights Reserved • Confidential Can

    AI Outperform Engineers in Optimizing System Performance and Efficiency? Stefano Doni, Akamas CTO 1
  2. © 2024 Akamas • All Rights Reserved • Confidential Example

    1# Optimizing Java application performance 2
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    Want faster Java apps? Reduce garbage collection pause is the mantra everyone follows https://www.akamas.io/resources/beware-improving-gc-performance-may-lead-to-slower-applications
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    We asked AI to make a Java app faster via JVM tuning. AI reduced latency by 29%... while INCREASING GC time https://www.akamas.io/resources/beware-improving-gc-performance-may-lead-to-slower-applications
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    2# Optimizing cost efficiency of an application on EC2 5
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    Want cheaper EC2 apps? Leverage 100s of cloud infrastructure options https://speakerdeck.com/stefanodoni/a-needle-in-the-haystack-optimizing-cloud-configurations-for-price-performance
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    found a counter-intuitive instance type that provided -24% costs and+12% throughput 7 https://speakerdeck.com/stefanodoni/a-needle-in-the-haystack-optimizing-cloud-configurations-for-price-performance
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    3# Optimizing latency of a MongoDB database 8
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    AI identified optimal full-stack configurations (MongoDB+OS) leading to 2x query/sec https://speakerdeck.com/stefanodoni/achieve-superhuman-performance-with-machine-learning
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    Optimal OS settings found by AI apparently made disk IO slower… but that made MongoDB faster https://speakerdeck.com/stefanodoni/achieve-superhuman-performance-with-machine-learning
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