It takes a veteran to provide deeper insight on the more pressing issues faced when tackling a certain problem set. Kirk Pepperdine is such an veteran in the area of Java performance. In this post you can find a recent interview in which he talks about Java performance tunning and cloud computing. Read Kirk Pepperdine's interview 'Java Champion Kirk Pepperdine on Performance Tuning and Cloud Computing': http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/Interviews/community/pepperdine_qa_2009.html