By Brett Szmajda
Garbage collection may not sound glamorous, but Australian National University (ANU) student Peter flew all the way to Boston to try it at Facebook. Garbage collection is a programming method for dealing with ‘junk’ memory that’s no longer in use. “It’s about optimising programs for speed and memory efficiency,” says Peter. As part of his Honours thesis, he’s applying research on garbage collection to a real-world problem in the code that drives Facebook. For a massive company like Facebook, even small performance gains can translate into millions of dollars in savings. Peter is looking for software engineering work with companies like Google, Atlassian or Facebook. He’s also interested in product management. “There’s a focus on the business side of things, but it still requires a deep technical knowledge.”
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