Top New Zealand tester to present to US audience

Richard Leeke to take the stage at the Workshop on Performance and Reliability conference

One of New Zealand’s top performance testers will present at the prestigious Workshop on Performance and Reliability (WOPR) conference in the US next month.

Richard Leeke will also take part in an internal panel discussion for Hewlett-Packard, which is hosting this year’s conference, in Cupertino.

Leeke, who is a partner in Equinox, will present on the theme of “Finding Bottlenecks”.

“How often do you find and resolve a performance bottleneck only to find that, after increasing the resource, the system throughput or response time is virtually unchanged, with the contraint simply having shifted to another component,” he says.

“Have you ever seen developers optimise the wrong component, based on an assumption about where the performance limiting step must be? Have you experienced software or service providers pointing the finger at each other over system performance problems?

“By sharing experiences about effective – or ineffective – monitoring, results analysis and diagnostic techniques, we will explore ways to root out bottlenecks more reliably.

“When you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, first make sure you’ve got the right haystack.”

It’s the 17th WOPR conference. The organisation was founded by two high-profile test thought leaders, Ross Collard, a New Zealander who has been based in New York for the past 30 years, and Scott Barker. The conferences are by invitation only.

The key aim is community building among performance and reliability test professionals.

Typically, the conferences are hosted by major vendors such as Google and Microsoft as well as HP next month.

Leeke says he expects to bring back new ideas and to make new contacts. “My co-presenter is running a testing site for Telecom out of Orlando, Florida,” he says.

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