Krakow, Poland, 19 - 21 June 2024

Martin Stefanko
Red Hat

Principal software engineer at Red Hat, BrnoJUG leader, author Quarkus in Action, MicroProfile committer, working on Red Hat middleware technologies like Quarkus, SmallRye, Wildfly, JBoss middleware (RESTEasy, Weld, …​), programming and microservices enthusiast.

Project Loom, or virtual threads, promised fast, lightweight user-space threads that are very cheap to block. While this is true, everything in life comes at a price. Virtual threads allow users to not care about it. It is the job of the underlying libraries that all our applications use. Issues that can still occur with virtual threads, such as pinning, monopolization, or large thread-local objects, still present real-world problems many libraries still need to account for. Especially in enterprises, these issues might only be noticed once the system reaches the peak loads, which is usually too late. In this session, we explain the virtual thread model execution and compare it to the event loop/reactive model utilized in Quarkus. We will also dive into individual problems that virtual threads might encounter and demonstrate how you can verify that your code doesn’t run into them. By the end of the talk, you’ll understand these (from the user point of view invisible) potential issues with Project Loom.

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