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Billy Newport

Billy Newport is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM. He's been at IBM since 2001.
Billy was the lead on the WorkManager/ Scheduler APIs which were later
standardized by IBM and BEA and are now the subject of JSR 236 and JSR 237.
Billy lead the design of the WebSphere 6.0 non blocking IO framework
(channel framework) and the WebSphere 6.0 high availability/clustering
(HAManager). Billy currently works on WebSphere XD and ObjectGrid. He's
also the lead persistence architect and runtime availability/scaling
architect for the base application server.

Before IBM, Billy worked as an independant consultant at investment banks,
telcos, publishing companies and travel reservation companies. He wrote
video games in C and assembler on the ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and Commodore
Amiga as a teenager. He started programming on an Apple IIe when he was
eleven, his first programming language was 6502 assembler.

Billys current interests are lightweight non invasive middleware, complex
event processing systems and grid based OLTP frameworks.



This blog entry describes how WebSphere eXtreme Scale uses memory. This allows customers to better size how much memory they need when storing a large number of key value pairs in a grid.


Yesterday, I said the most important aspect of an XTP platform is the management. Automatic placing of data on a...

I was explaining XTP in a meeting this morning and covered the usual aspects. It (in the form employed by ObjectGrid and its gigoherence competitors) uses replicated memory based storage for...

This is a great question. Depending on who you ask, you get a different answer. Vendors will pitch what they think and why competitors are wrong. I guess I just want to put out what I think it is...

We have scenarios where a customer may want to have say 200 partitions and preload the data into the grid when the partition primaries are initially placed. The customer might want to load 100Gb...

We started building at the beginning of January this year. We initially knocked it together using mediawiki and vbulletin. It was...

Andrews article can be viewed here. It's a good introduction on OSGI and you can find another good introduction at this...

We just shipped WebSphere 5.1 XD a couple of weeks ago. XD has many features that should appeal to customers.