Tuesday, September 17, 2019

[Links of the Day] 17/09/2019 : DHCP load balancer, Graph processing on FPGA, Transform data with SQL

  • Dhcplb : DHCP load balancer. Looks really cool as it helps scale physical datacenter rapidly with the limited hassle of DHCP. It also reduces a lot of the network complexity that comes with the DHCP protocol.
  • Graph Processing on FPGA : survey and taxonomy on graph computations on FPGAs.
  • DBT : enables data analysts and engineers to transform their data using SQL language.


Monday, September 16, 2019

[Links of the Day] 16/09/2019 : Proof of History Blockchain, ElasticSearch cluster operation Library, using ML to extract scholar document info

  • Solana : Proof of History based blockchain system.  [website]
  • VulcanizerGo library for interacting with an Elasticsearch cluster. It is not meant to be a full-fledged Elasticsearch client. Its goal is to provide a high-level API to help with common tasks that are associated with operating an Elasticsearch cluster such as querying health status of the cluster, migrating data off of nodes, updating cluster settings, and more. [github]
  • Grobid : machine learning software for extracting information from scholarly documents.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

[Links of the Day] 10/09/2019: 6 pager, engineering user stories, disaggregated persistent memory


  • Using 6 Page and 2 Page Documents To Make Organizational Decisions : The famous Jeff Bezos six-page document and review meeting process, as a mechanism to address this challenge. I like the concept but it can be hard to adopt without a company-wide push from the top. 
  • Engineering guide to writing correct User Stories : Nice and concise guide that will help you to write better user stories and focus on their needs.
  • OpenFAM : a programming model for disaggregated persistent memory. This looks cool but I really wonder if HP labs ( and the parent company) is going anywhere with this. They touted the whole "the machine" a while back but we can't see any production-ready application of the concept yet.  [paper]


Thursday, May 09, 2019

[Links of the Day] 09/05/2019 : Algorithms discrimination, Generalised solution to distributed consensus, P2P Docker registry

  • Discrimination in the Age of Algorithms : Machine learning has a huge potential, both for good and evil. The most perfidious is discrimination from an opaque algorithm, as proving that the algorithm is discriminative becomes extremely hard post-hoc. 
  • A generalised solution to distributed consensus : this result will rapidly become the first thing taught in every single distributed systems class. And if this holds as a generalization of trustful distributed consensus as a field, then she has defined its Turing Machine equivalent. And it is even remarkably easy to understand!
  • kraken : P2P Docker registry capable of distributing TBs of data in seconds

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

[Links of the Day] 07/05/2019 : JIT runtime for WASM, Advanced Distributed Command Dispatch, Data templating for all

  • WasmTime : Standalone JIT-style runtime for WebAsssembly, using Cranelift
  • Brighter : Command Dispatcher, Processor, and Distributed Task Queue
  • Jsonnet : A data templating language for app and tool developers. This seems to hit a sweet spot for app configuration and tools. Often a lot of microservices/ apps have chained dependency in their configuration and we are still forced to write and maintain each of these configuration files separately. Jsonnet helps you solve that issue.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

[Links of the Day] 18/04/2019 : Decentralised networks made easy, Reload Linux system over ssh, Self Hosted push notification

  • Octopus : Octopus allow you to streamline the creation of decentralized networks.
  • reload.sh : Wipe, reinstall or restore your system from running GNU/Linux distribution. Via SSH, without rebooting. 
  • Gotify : A self-hosted push notification service. But beware as worth noting that this will use a noticeable amount of power more than Google cloud messaging. Google/Apple and others have special deals with carriers that might make such solution cost prohibitive.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

[Links of the Day] 16/04/2019 : L3 VPN gateway, NSA reverse engineering toolkit, Proof of History based block-chain

  • Vita : high-performance L3 VPN gateway you can use to interconnect your networks.
  • Ghidra : the first real competitor to IDA Pro, the extremely expensive and often pirated state-of-the-art software for reverse engineering.
  • Solana : bold claim from the authors as they claim to support 710,000 tx/s with off-the-shelf hardware and no sharding. This seems to be enabled by leveraging proof od history mechanism rather than the traditional proof of work that bitcoin and al. use.