Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Performance Zone (October 17 - October 24). Here they are, in order of popularity:
Java Performance: The Definitive Guide is the best Java book I read this year.
I had an interesting conversation today about the cost of using string concatenation in log statements.
TL;DR: The realities of modern corporate networks make the move to distributed database architectures inevitable. How do you leverage the stability and security of traditional relational database designs while making the transition to distributed environments? One key consideration is to ensure your cloud databases are scalable enough to deliver the technology's cost and performance benefits.
There are several ways to improve your product. One such way is to carefully track what your users are experiencing and improve based on that.
I'm not even certain that I could help them with some of the Python technology required to extend scipy. But, I'm sure I cannot actually do anything of value under the circumstances that (a) they have not really tried the established algorithms and (b) they're already sure that the established algorithms can't work based on religious-wars argument