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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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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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Using Multiple Backends in Openstack Swift

OpenStack Swift is a highly available, distributed, eventually consistent object/blob store. Object Storage is ideal for cost effective, scale-out storage.

Authored by Yuan Zhou (Intel) Last updated on 02/13/2019 - 13:08
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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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The Core Software Strategy - 9 Years Old and Still True!

I can safely predict that if you are a developer, you are looking for ways to get your job done faster. Get working code quicker, find bugs faster, take advantage of new technologies and get working performance as smoothly as possible. This is why the saying "steal with pride" comes up --it's a well-worn technique to borrow or adopt code where you can. (Of course, I'm not saying you would commit...
Authored by David S. (Blackbelt) Last updated on 06/23/2019 - 19:10
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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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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 07/04/2019 - 20:00
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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 07/03/2019 - 20:08