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Why Sunshine and Bug Fixing Go Together

I was having lunch at the recent LinuxCon and Plumbers conference with a colleague, bragging as usual about how much I love my home near Portland, Oregon.

Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 17:03
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TouchDesigner / Interview with Jarrett Smith and Ben Voigt

Authored by Audri Phillips Last updated on 07/03/2019 - 20:08
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Experimenting with OpenStack* Sahara* on Docker* Containers

Docker* is an emerging technology that has become very popular recently in the market. It provides a flexible architecture to deploy applications. OpenStack* is another hot technology on the market. It has been available for several years, became more stable and also added more features support in recent releases.
Authored by WEITING C. (Intel) Last updated on 07/06/2019 - 17:10
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Dynamic Languages Take Over the Internet

The server world has really embraced Python in a big way. For example, the OpenStack project is a very popular Infrastructure as a Service offering, and most of it is written in Python. This makes Python a leader for Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI), Software Defined Storage (SDS) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 19:43
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Exposing Processor Features to Dynamic Languages

Intel® for its part invests countless hours and billions of transistors to add features in our silicon products which will speed up people's lives. If only they knew how to take advantage of it! Part of our job in dynamic languages is what I call "putting the cookies on the bottom shelf". Make this advanced technology easily consumable, and show you the value of it so you can be sure to use it.
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 19:43
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The 0-Day Challenge: What is the Pulse of the Internet?

The core components of the Internet get updated constantly. Every time the source changes, the health and performance can change. A single source code change can fail to build, can break compatibility with existing code and can change the performance anywhere from a fraction of a percent up to 10% or more on major customer workloads. We're trying to read the pulse of our core components (Python,...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 19:42
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Core Challenge In Speeding Up Python, PHP, HHVM, Node.js...

A traditional compiler translates a high-level computer program into machine code for the CPU you want to run it on. An interpreted language translates a high-level language into the machine code for some imaginary CPU. For historical reasons, this imaginary CPU is called a "virtual machine" and its instructions are called "byte code." One advantage of this approach is development speed: creating...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 20:00
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The JITter Conundrum - Just in Time for Your Traffic Jam

In interpreted languages, it just takes longer to get stuff done - I earlier gave the example where the Python source code a = b + c would result in a BINARY_ADD byte code which takes 78 machine instructions to do the add, but it's a single native ADD instruction if run in compiled language like C or C++. How can we speed this up? Or as the performance expert would say, how do I decrease...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 20:00
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Making the Dead Rise, and Other Impossible Tasks

My current job is to lead our company's work on dynamic server languages, such as performance optimization and feature enabling. Besides PHP and HHVM, we want to improve Python. There is a huge amount of Python code in use out there, for example running OpenStack, Swift, DropBox and many others. What I didn't realize when I took the job was that much of this use is in a "dead" language.
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 19:41
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My Reality Moment. Why Did I Ever Agree to Do This?

When I first took this job of leading our scripting languages area, the Reality Moment struck when I had my first real look at the challenges of dynamic languages. For example, if you compare two strings in a program, we have some new instructions in the processor which can make these go very fast. But unfortunately, if you compare two strings in PHP, you first need to determine if the strings...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 07/04/2019 - 17:46