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Oct192018

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For October 19th, 2018

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Now that's a cloud! The largest structure ever found in the early universe. The proto-supercluster Hyperion may contain thousands of galaxies or more. (Science)

 

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  • four petabytes: added to Internet Archive per year; 60,000: patents donated by Microsoft to the Open Invention Network; 30 million: DuckDuckGo daily searches; 5 seconds: Google+ session length; 1 trillion: ARM device goal; $40B: Softbank investment in 5G; 30: Happy Birthday IRC!; 97,600: Backblaze hard drives; 15: new Lambda function minute limit; $120 Billion: Uber IPO; 12%: slowdown in global growth of internet access; 25%: video ad spending in US; 1 billion: metrics per minute processed at Netflix; 900%: inflated Facebook ad-watch times; 31 million: GitHub users; 19: new AWS Public datasets; 25%: IPv6 adoption; 300: requests for Nest data;  913: security vulnerabilities fixed by Twitter; 2.04 Gbit/s: t3.2xlarge Network Performance; 60%: chances DNA can be used to find your family; 12: Happy birthday Hacker News!; 1/137: answer to life; 

  • Quoteable Quotes:
    • @ByMikeBaker: My favorite Paul Allen story: 47 years ago, Allen got banned from UW's computer-science lab for hogging teletype machines and swiping an acoustic coupler. UW's massive computer-science school is now named for him. 
    • @cpeterso: Your quote reminds me of cybernetics' Law of Requisite Variety: "If a system is to be stable, the number of states of its control mechanism must be greater than or equal to the number of states in the system being controlled." 
    • Mark Graham: I love Google, but their job isn’t to make copies of the homepage every 10 minutes. Ours [Wayback Machine] is.
    • @gmiranda23:That is legit my favorite quote in IT: “Every application has an inherent amount of irreducible complexity. The only question is: Who will have to deal with it—the user, the application developer, or the platform developer?” -Larry Tesler
    • dweis: I'm an actual author of Protocol Buffers :) I think Sandy's analysis would benefit from considering why Protocol Buffers behave the way they do rather than outright attacking the design because it doesn't appear to make sense from a PL-centric perspective. As with all software systems, there are a number of competing constraints that have been weighed that have led to compromises.
    • atombender: I don't think GraphQL is over-hyped at all. Maybe it's flawed, but the design is absolutely on the right traack. GraphQL completely changes how you work with APIs in a front end.
    • @adrianco: The AWS EC2 NTP service has been backed by atomic clocks for the last few years...
    • @BrianRoemmele: “Amazon has more job openings in their voice group than Google has in the entire company right now"—@profgalloway This is a #VoiceFirst revolution. Only few astute folks take seriously. This was foolish on multiple dimensions...
    • @stephenbalaban: We've benchmarked the 2080 Ti, V100, Titan V, 2080, and 1080 Ti. 2080 Ti destroys V100 / Titan V on performance per dollar.  Full blog post here...
    • @kellabyte: We created TV’s without visible scan lines so artists created simulated scan lines. We moved to digital and artists create simulated analog noise. We created high resolution displays and sometimes artists create simulated pixelation. We create 4K HDR and artists simulate banding.
    • Steven Acreman: My recommendation is go with Google GKE whenever possible. If you’re already on AWS then trial EKS but it doesn’t really give you that much currently.
    • Nick Farrell: Music piracy is falling out of favour as streaming services become more widespread, new figures show. One in 10 people in the UK use illegal downloads, down from 18% in 2013, according to YouGov's Music Report.
    • You can't handle all the quotes that are coming your way...
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Friday
Oct122018

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For October 12th, 2018

 

There's good news and bad news. The bad news is I'm out sick so there's won't be a post this week. The good news? There will be that much more for next week!

Bored? There are a lot of past issues of Stuff the Internet Says to keep you company.

Friday
Oct052018

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For October 5th, 2018

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Halloween is early. Do you know what's hiding inside your computer? Probably not. (bloomberg)

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  • 127k: lines of code in first version of Photoshop; $15: Amazon's new minimum wage; 100,000: botnet hijacks Brazilian bank traffic; 3,000: miles per gallon efficiency of a bike; 1 billion: Reddit video views per month; 3: imposters found using face rekognition software; 24%: run their cloud database using RDS, DynamoDB, etc; 250+: decentralized exchanges in the world today; $9 billion: Apple charge to make Google default iOS search; $1.63B: EU fine for Facebook breach; 9 million: broken Wikipedia links rescued by Internet Archive; 1 million: people who rely on gig work; 6,531,230,326: Duck Duck Go queries;  

  • Quotable Quotes:
    • DEF CON: A voting tabulator that is currently used in 23 states is vulnerable to be remotely hacked via a network attack. Because the device in question is a high-speed unit designed to process a high volume of ballots for an entire county, hacking just one of these machines could enable anattacker to flip the Electoral College and determine the outcome of a presidential election​
    • @antirez: "After 20 years as a software engineer, I've started commenting heavily. I used to comment sparingly. What made me change was a combination of reading the SQLite and Redis codebases" <3 false myth: code should be auto-explaining. Comments tell you about the state, not the code.
    • So many more quotes. Click through to read them all.
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Tuesday
Oct022018

Sponsored Post: Twitch, InMemory.Net, Triplebyte, Etleap, Stream, Scalyr, MemSQL

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Friday
Sep282018

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 28th, 2018

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@danielbryantuk: "A LAMP stack is a good thing. Never inflict a distributed system on yourself unless you have too..." @mipsytipsy #CloudNativeLondon

 

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  • $2 billion: Pokémon GO revenue since launch; 10: say happy birthday to StackOverflow; $148 million: Uber data breach fine; 75%: streaming music industry revenue in the US;  5.2 TB: Fastly peak per second traffic; 10 billion: Ethereum requests per day; 01%: DNS resolution issues when the KSK rolls; 15B: projected gaming community views on Reddit; £4.1bn: saved by UK Government's Digital Transformation Journey; 10X: Core ML model runs  faster on the A12 processor; 4 million: cores managed by Open Stack at Yahoo; 1PB: Azure's data box; 21 million: US Apple music subscribers; .675: Curry's league leading true shooting percentage;  $3 trillion: taxes collected by IRS; 61,000: network of Mayan structures discovered using lidar; 90%: China's percentage of $4.2 billion increase in pure-play foundry market; 

  • Quotable Quotes:
    • WhatsApp cofounder: I am a sellout. I acknowledge that.
    • MrTonyD: I was writing production code over 30 years ago (C, OS, database). It is much worse to be a software developer now. It used to be a very high autonomy job - where you were trusted to figure out your work process and usually given lots of freedom to dynamically define many of your deliverables (within reason). I remember when I first read about Agile - I looked at the practices and thought "I've done most of those." But when our nightly builds broke it was no big deal, we would just fix them when we got around to it (as opposed to managers now assigning blame and calling in people on weekends to "fix" it). And if things weren't going well then we might have daily brief meetings for a couple of weeks. But now there are managers who insist on daily standups irregardless of their actual business necessity. I could go on and on. There is a reason why I'm not a practicing programmer anymore - even though I love to code.
    • Tiger Woods: "This was different," Woods said, acknowledging that the scene on the final hole was unlike anything he experienced in his previous 79 career victories. "I guess it’s different now because the art of clapping is gone. You can’t clap with a cell phone in your hand, so people yell."
    • @tomgara: "Slate makes more money from a single article that gets 50,000 page views on its site than it does from the 6 million page views it receives on Apple News in an average month"
    • Steve Case: We are seeing the beginnings of a slowing [in Silicon Valley] of what has been a brain drain the last 20 years. It’s not just watching where the capital flows, it’s watching where the talent flows. And the sense that you have to be here or you can’t play is going to start diminishing.
    • Martin Sústrik: Philosophers, by and large, tend to be architecture astronauts. Programmers' insight is that architecture astronauts fail. Or, maybe, they can succeed as in getting comfy job at IBM, but their designs don't translate into useful products. What else? After decades of pain, we have finally concluded that hierarchies of concepts don't work. That's not an obvious statement at all. After all, nobody gets fired from creating a hierarchy. 
    • vl: I have a hilarious story about this from Google: I wanted second 30" monitor, so I filed a ticket. They sent me long email listing reasons why I shouldn't get a second monitor, including (numbers are approximate, employee count from 2013 or so) "If every googler gets an extra monitor, in a year it would be equivalent to driving Toyota Camry for 18000 miles."
    • @dhh: The iPhone XS is faster than an iMac Pro on the Speedometer 2.0 JavaScript benchmark. It's the fastest device I've ever tested. Insane 45% jump over the iPhone 8/X chip. How does Apple do it?! 
    • @davidcrespo: how is this different from making entries in a traditional database how is this different from making entries in a traditional database how is this different from making entries in a traditional database how is this different from making entries in a traditional database  re:@marshallk: Wow: Walmart will *require* food suppliers to upload data to IBM's blockchain in order to trace quality issues through the supply chain. They say issues that take 7 days to track today can be tracked in 2.2 seconds with the system. 
    • @DrQz: Somewhat more revealing USL curves that go BEYOND the performance measurements (also corrects previous legend): • XDP-1 saturates single NIC at ~4 cores • DPDK scales "infinitely" but reaches NIC satn at ~13 cores • XDP-2 peaks before satn at ~15 cores due to non-zero β term.
    • Mark Szulyovszky: Would I have thought 3 years ago that we end up building a mobile tech stack on Microsoft’s & Facebook’s open source code, wishing that Google’s and Apple’s clunky and slow middle layer would disappear? No way.
    • Want more? There more...
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Friday
Sep212018

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 21st, 2018

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Like sparkle from a fairy godmother's wand a swarm of 300 autonomous burner drones take flight. (mnn

 

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  • 60: Marchetti's constant—minutes humans allocate to commuting over history; 300 billion: eBay data queries processed each day;  $1: 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor capable of running Linux; 20M:Mega-scale Multi-sensor Photo-realistic Indoor Scenes Dataset; 1 billion: Lyft rides; 600+: engineers @ Pinterest (+175B Pins to +250M people); 50%: workplace tasks handled by machines by 2025; 28: years of Hubble Space Imagery on AWS; 500 petabytes: eBay data footprint; 10 million: Gmail spam messages prevented per minute; 5 trillion: Apple's A12 operations per second; $220 billion: investment in new fabs and lines; 43%: Americans who something on Netflix each day; 

  • Quotable Quotes:
    • Linus Torvalds: This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions.  My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for.  Especially at times when I made it personal.  In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry.
    • @jessfraz: To those in my mentions. This "foundation" which has tax breaks... Is paying people who don't contribute to the kernel 400k a year. Would you like to rethink your "they build the kernel" comments.
    • Aria Bracci: Using a previously established, peer-reviewed technique, the team conducted more than half a million data traffic tests across 161 countries. From this data, the team found that internet service providers are “giving a fixed amount of bandwidth—typically something in the range of one and a half megabits per second to four megabits per second—to video traffic, but they don’t impose these limits on other network traffic.”
    • @mjpt777: "Patterson indicated that rewriting Python into C gets you a 50 times speedup in performance".
    • @JoeEmison: The idea that any kind of planning will necessarily lead to overengineering is part of the anti-planning developer culture that misunderstands the agile manifesto.
    • Marie Hicks: The dynamic continues to this day. Silicon Valley reaps enormous profits at the expense of the majority of users, and calls it progress. But technology’s alignment with actual progress has a long and uneven history, and its effects are rarely straightforward or fully foreseen. Real progress isn’t synonymous with building another app—it involves recognizing the problems in our society and confronting the uncomfortable fact that technology is a tool for wielding power over people. Too often, those who already hold power, those who are least able to recognize the flaws in our current systems, are the ones who decide our technological future.
    • More quotes...
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Wednesday
Sep192018

How do you explain the unreasonable effectiveness of cloud security?

With the enormous attack surface of cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and GCP, why aren't there more security problems? Data breaches and cyber attacks occur daily. How do you explain the unreasonable effectiveness of cloud security?

Google has an ebook on their security approach; Microsoft has some web pages. Both are the equivalent of that person who is disgustingly healthy and you ask them how they do it and they say "I don't know. I just eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep." Not all that useful. Most of us want a hack, a trick to good health. Who wants to eat right? 

I'm sure Amazon also eats right, exercises, and gets plenty of sleep (probably not the people who work there), but AWS also has a secret that when that disgustingly healthy person starts talking about at a party, you just can't help leaning in and listening. 

What's the trick to 6-pack security? Proving systems correct. Does your datacenter do that? I didn't think so. AWS does. 

Dr. Byron Cook gave an enthusiastic talk on Formal Reasoning about the Security of Amazon Web Service. He's clearly excited about finally applying his research in a real-world setting. This is the trojan horse the FloC (Federated Logic Conference) community has been waiting for. It's almost as if he's a FLoC guy working at AWS rather than an AWS guy giving a FLoC talk.

The main take-aways for me were:

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Tuesday
Sep182018

Sponsored Post: Twitch, InMemory.Net, Triplebyte, Etleap, Stream, Scalyr, MemSQL

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Friday
Sep142018

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 14th, 2018

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The Cloud Native Interactive Landscape is fecund. You are viewing 581 cards with a total of 1,237,157 stars, market cap of $6.86T and funding of $20.1B. (changelog)

 

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  • 72: signals sensed from a distant galaxy using AI; 12M: reddit posts per month; 10 trillion: per day Google generated test inputs with 100s of servers for several months using OSS-Fuzz; 200%: growth in Cloud Native technologies used in production; $13 trillion: potential economic impact of AI by 2030; 1.8 trillion: plastic pieces eaten by giant garbage pac-man; 100: min people needed to restart humanity; 

  • Quotable Quotes:
    • Joel Hruska: Farmers in California have lost the fight to be allowed to repair their own tractors and equipment thanks to the capitulation of their own lobbying group. This issue has been gathering steam for the last few years, after aggressive moves by John Deere to lock down the equipment.
    • @RachFrieee: 3.6B events processed to date 300k+ users globally 50% of the Fortune 100 use @pagerduty 10,500+ customers of every size 300+ integrations 🔒 Enterprise grade security #PDSummit18 @jenntejada
    • @editingemily: "In peacetime, a ticketing system is great... American Eagle loses $200K per minute of downtime. You gonna make a ticket? Burn a cool million?" 😂🤣😂 @jenntejada #PDSummit18
    • NSF: When the HL-LHC reaches full capability in 2026, it is expected to produce more than 1 billion particle collisions every second, marking a 10-fold increase that will require a similar 10-fold increase in data processing and storage, including tools to collect, analyze, and record the most relevant events. Uniting multidisciplinary teams of researchers and educators from 17 universities, IRIS-HEP will receive $5 million a year for five years from the NSF with a focus on producing innovative software and training the next generation of users.
    • @aallan: “Moore’s Law is really dead, but the lesser know Dennard Scaling Law is also dead… we’re almost at the end of the line, last year performance only improved 3 percent,” says David Patterson. #TheAIConf 
    • Gary Bronner~ DRAM scaling is starting to run out of steam. The industry continues to scale from the 1x, to the 1y, to the 1z generation, but the benefit from each generation is getting smaller and smaller. Because of that big servers and other memory systems need to have another kind of memory in the hierarchy. The new memory hierarchy is SRAM, DRAM, SCM (storage class memory), SSD, HDD. SCM slots between DRAM and flash in terms of latency, cost, and density. It's a way of adding more memory when DRAM alone can't give you all the performance you want.
    • @sethearley: 7 areas of opportunity for #AI in teaching. 1. Feedback & Scoring, 2. College readiness,  3. Empowering students with challenges,   4. Behavior management,   5. Curriculum development, 6. Higher order learning,     7. Professional development. #TheAIConf
    • @The_McJones: “How do we work out who wins? Well we don’t go to the bar and talk it out, instead we’ve decided to all spend billions of dollars and let the market figure it out” - David Patterson #theAIConf
    • DSHR: As I understand it, Amazon's S3 is redundant across three data centers, whereas Backblaze's B2 is not. Thus, despite both quoting 11 nines of durability against hardware failures, S3 is durable against failures that B2 is not, and is thus better.
    • @dr_c0d3: 2000: Write 100s of lines of XML to "declaratively" configure your servlets and EJBs 2018: Write 100s of lines of YAML to "declaratively" configure your microservices At least XML had schemas...
    • Programming Rants: This time PHP7 became the best performing programming language implementation, also the least memory consumption (I'm amazed with what they did in version 7).
    • @BenedictEvans: With each cycle in tech, companies find ways to build a moat and make a monopoly. Then people look at the moat and think it's invulnerable. They're generally right. IBM still dominates mainframes and Microsoft still dominates PC operating systems and productivity software. But...
    • @The_McJones: “So we strapped a bunch of FitBits onto cows” - Peter Norvig #TheAIConf
    • @noahsussman: Complex systems are intrinsically hazardous systems. Complex systems are heavily and successfully defended against failure. Catastrophe requires multiple failures – single point failures are not enough. Complex systems contain changing mixtures of failures latent within them. Complex systems run in degraded mode. Catastrophe is always just around the corner. Post-accident attribution accident to a ‘root cause’ is fundamentally wrong.
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Monday
Sep102018

Public Cloud Postcentralization is the Thin Edge of the Wedge into the Enterprise

 

Like an amoeba the public cloud is extending fingerlike projections to the edge in a new kind of architecture that creates a world spanning distributed infrastructure under one centralized management, billing, and security domain.

This issue—the deep nature of centralization—came up as a comment on my article What Do You Believe Now That You Didn't Five Years Ago? Centralized Wins. Decentralized Loses.

Centralization can refer to the locus of computation, but it also refers to a boundary, to a domain of control.

Facebook, Netflix, and Google are all distributed across much of the world, but they are still centralized services because control is centralized. You know this because in a browser, no matter where you are in the world, you navigate to facebook.com, netflix.com, or google.com, you never enter the URL for independent shards, yet all your data and services magically follow you around like a hyperactive puppy. 

That's the world we've come to expect. That's how services built on a cloud work.

In an unexpected development, the public cloud is expanding control out to the edge. As I wrote in Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 27th, 2018:

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