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Wednesday, December 11 • 11:30am - 12:25pm
(SLIDES) Martin Thompson--Mechanical Sympathy

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What can software development learn from the motor racing industry? In the 1970’s we began to see over specialisation of drivers and designers leading to drivers who knew little about how their cars worked.  Jackie Stewart, 3 times F1 world champion, coined the phrase “Mechanical Sympathy” as a term for the driver and the machine working together in harmony.  This can be summarised in that a driver does not need to know how to build an engine but they need to know the fundamentals of how one works to get the best out of it.For software development, have we reached the point of over specialisation whereby developers no longer understand the fundamentals of how a computer works? Are we more influenced by fashion than science these days? Is fashion just a poor proxy for stylish design that can co-exist with science?In this session we will explore these questions and how we can strike a balance between elegant design and the application of science in the development of great modern software.

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Martin Thompson

Martin is a high-performance and low-latency specialist, with over two decades working with large scale transactional and big-data systems, in the automotive, gaming, financial, mobile, and content management domains. He believes in Mechanical Sympathy, which is applying an understanding of the hardware to the creation of software, being fundamental to delivering elegant high-performance solutions. Martin was the co-founder and CTO of LMAX, until... Read More →

Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:25pm
Hall 5.1

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