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Hands-On High Performance with Go

By : Bob Strecansky
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Hands-On High Performance with Go

By: Bob Strecansky

Overview of this book

Go is an easy-to-write language that is popular among developers thanks to its features such as concurrency, portability, and ability to reduce complexity. This Golang book will teach you how to construct idiomatic Go code that is reusable and highly performant. Starting with an introduction to performance concepts, you’ll understand the ideology behind Go’s performance. You’ll then learn how to effectively implement Go data structures and algorithms along with exploring data manipulation and organization to write programs for scalable software. This book covers channels and goroutines for parallelism and concurrency to write high-performance code for distributed systems. As you advance, you’ll learn how to manage memory effectively. You’ll explore the compute unified device architecture (CUDA) application programming interface (API), use containers to build Go code, and work with the Go build cache for quicker compilation. You’ll also get to grips with profiling and tracing Go code for detecting bottlenecks in your system. Finally, you’ll evaluate clusters and job queues for performance optimization and monitor the application for performance regression. By the end of this Go programming book, you’ll be able to improve existing code and fulfill customer requirements by writing efficient programs.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Learning about Performance in Go
Section 2: Applying Performance Concepts in Go
Section 3: Deploying, Monitoring, and Iterating on Go Programs with Performance in Mind

To get the most out of this book

This book is for Go professionals and developers seeking to execute their code faster, so an intermediate to advanced understanding of Go programming is necessary to make the most out of this book. The Go language has relatively minimal system requirements. A modern computer with a modern operating system should support the Go runtime and its dependencies. Go is used in many low power devices that have limited CPU, Memory, and I/O requirements.

You can see the requirements for the language listed at the following URL:

In this book I used Fedora Core Linux (version 29 during the time of writing this book) as the operating system. Instructions on how to install the Fedora Workstation Linux distribution can be found on the Fedora page at the following URL:

Docker is used for many of the examples in this book. You can see the requirements listed for Docker at the following URL:

In Chapter 9, GPU Parallelization in Go, we discuss GPU programming. To perform the tasks of this chapter, you'll need one of two things:

  • A NVIDIA enabled GPU. I used a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 in my testing, with a Compute Capability of 3.0.
  • A GPU enabled cloud instance. Chapter 9 discusses a couple of different providers and methodologies for this. GPUs on Compute Engine work for this. More up to date information on GPUs on Compute Engine can be found at the following URL:

After you read this book; I hope you'll be able to write more efficient Go code. You'll hopefully be able to quantify and validate your efforts as well.

Download the example code files

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  4. Enter the name of the book in the Search box and follow the onscreen instructions.

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Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: " The following code blocks will show the Next() incantation"

A block of code is set as follows:

// Note the trailing () for this anonymous function invocation
func() {
fmt.Println("Hello Go")

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

// Note the trailing () for this anonymous function invocation
func() {
fmt.Println("Hello Go")

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

$ go test -bench=. -benchtime 2s -count 2 -benchmem -cpu 4

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "The reverse algorithm takes a dataset and reverses the values of the set"

Warnings or important notes appear like this.
Tips and tricks appear like this.