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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 12/12/2018 - 18:00
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PHP - the right tool for the job?

Today there is a profusion of computer languages targeted at different activities. It's important to choose the right one. A lot of programmers love Python because it's so fast to implement stuff, but it can be a pain to use to create a simple website. PHP is the most popular choice for implementing active content in a website. And it's rather obvious once you dig into it. As you create your web...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 12/12/2018 - 18:00
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HHVM and Haswell

There is no question that PHP is the most popular language in use today to implement server code on web pages. Something like 80% of web sites are implemented using it. The extremely popular site Facebook has implemented their own PHP interpreter called HHVM, and they are doing code development on it as an open source project. Because of its performance and its open source methodology, it is also...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 12/12/2018 - 18:00
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PGO: Let It Go (PHP)

We can hope that companies like Intel® will come along with a faster processor. (And this does tend to happen every year). Or we can improve our compilers to produce better machine code. Or we can analyze our own code and change it to run more optimally. For PHP, we do all three: We partner with the processor architects to improve the way they execute PHP; we look for changes we can make to the...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 12/12/2018 - 18:00
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High Performance PHP 7

On October 21, 2015, I was invited to give a technical talk at ZendCon, the largest gathering of the PHP community. A lot of excitement this year surrounds the release of PHP 7 which represents a massive performance improvement over previous versions. Here are a few notes from my talk. The promise was to offer a way for attendees of the talk to get even more performance out of PHP 7. We show you...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 12/12/2018 - 18:00
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OpenStack App Developer Survey

As part of a long-term commitment to enhance ease-of-use, the OpenStack UX project, with support of the OpenStack Foundation and the Technical Committee, is now bu

Authored by Mike P. (Intel) Last updated on 06/07/2017 - 12:14
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Half the footprint, twice the speed: Accelerating performance for server-side PHP 7

Close collaboration between Intel and the PHP community enables new hardware features that improve processing efficiency, increase execution speed, and optimize core software of interpreted lan

Authored by admin Last updated on 03/21/2019 - 13:08
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What Does Node.js Mean for WordPress?

Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 12/12/2018 - 18:00
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Protect Password Databases Using Trusted Hardware

A human-chosen password is relatively easy to guess and is frequently reused. Increase security by generating a random salt value for each user, and then concatenate it with the password before hashing.
Authored by admin Last updated on 03/28/2019 - 10:10
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CPAN tbb.pod: Parallel Perl using TBB, Kiwi Style

TBB is available on CPAN as a library thanks to Sam Vilain in New Zealand.

Authored by James R. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 06/14/2017 - 16:35