Archive for the ‘InfoQ news’ Category

AnandTech has published Amazon’s Arm-based Graviton2 against AMD and Intel: Comparing Cloud Compute which includes comprehensive benchmarks across Amazon’s general purpose instance types. The cost analysis section describes ‘An x86 Massacre’, as while the pure performance of the Arm chip is generally in the same region as the x86 competitors, its lower price means the price/performance is substantially […]


Dr Juan Fumero presented at QCon London on TornadoVM, a plug-in to OpenJDK and GraalVM that runs Java on heterogeneous hardware including Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Demos during the presentation showed code being speeded up by hundreds of times when running on a GPU vs a CPU. Continue reading the full […]


Andrew “bunnie” Huang recently presented at the 36th Chaos Communication Congress (36C3) on ‘Open Source is Insufficient to Solve Trust Problems in Hardware‘ with an accompanying blog post ‘Can We Build Trustable Hardware?‘. His central point is that Time-of-Check to Time-of-Use (TOCTOU) is very different for hardware versus software, and so open source is less helpful in mitigating […]


Jessie Frazelle, Bryan Cantrill and Steve Tuck have announced the launch of Oxide Computer Company to deliver ‘hyperscaler infrastructure for the rest of us’. The company aims to tackle the ‘infrastructure privilege’ presently enjoyed by hyperscale operators by developing ‘software to manage a full rack from first principles’, including platform firmware. Continue reading the full story at InfoQ.


Key Takeaways Ecstasy is a general purpose, type-safe, modular programming language built for the cloud The team building Ecstacy plan to use it as the basis for a highly scalable Platform as a Service (PaaS) Ecstasy is still in development and is not yet ready for production use The Ecstacy team are looking for contributors […]


As we hit the second anniversary of NotPetya, this retrospective is based on the author’s personal involvement in the post-incident activities. Continue reading the full story at InfoQ.


Cloudflare recently announced two additional capabilities for their “serverless” Workers: support for WebAssembly as an alternative to JavaScript, and a key-value store called Workers KV. WebAssembly will allow Workers to be written in compiled languages such as C, C++, Rust and Go. Workers KV provides an eventually consistent state storage mechanism hosted across Cloudflare’s global […]


This is a follow up to ‘Meltdown and Spectre: What They Are and How to Deal with Them‘ taking a deeper look at: the characteristics of the vulnerability and potential attacks, why its necessary to patch cloud virtual machines even though the cloud service providers have already applied patches, the nature of the performance impact […]


Amazon’s Chris Munns announced at the recent Serverless Conference NYC that AWS Lambda will soon support a feature called traffic shifting. This will allow a weight to be applied to Lambda function aliases to shift traffic between two versions of a function. The feature will enable the use of canary releases and blue/green deployment. Continue reading the full story at InfoQ.


At the recent DockerCon event in Austin Docker Inc announced two significant open source projects, Moby and LinuxKit. Moby essentially marks the split of Docker the open source project from Docker Inc the company, with the docker/docker GitHub repo moved to moby/moby. LinuxKit provides a set of tools to build ‘custom Linux subsystems that only […]