Tuesday, August 14, 2018

[Links of the Day] 14/08/2018: high-perf analytics database, Cloud events specs, Large scale system design

  • LocustDB : Massively parallel, high-performance analytics database.
  • CloudEvents Specifications : CNCF effort to create a specification for describing event data in a common way.
  • System Design Primer : really cool set of document helping any developer to learn to design large-scale systems.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

[Links of the Day] 09/08/2018 : Consciousness and integrated information, Optical FPGA, Events DB

  • Making Sense of Consciousness as Integrated Information : in this papers, the authors argue that we currently have a dissociation between cognition and experience and that it might impact in the future in an hyper-connected world.
  • Towards an optical FPGA : it look like programmable silicon photonic circuits is the next frontier in the hardware accelerator. Converting light into an electrical signal has rapidly become too expensive and modern CPU have a hard time coping with the pace of evolution of networking capabilities. 
  • TraildDB : tool for storing and querying series of events. Fast small efficient.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

[Links of the Day] 07/08/2018 : programming languages papers, terraform interactive visualization, self contained executable python file

  • Papers on programming languages: papers about programming ideas from 70's for today
  • blast-radius : Extremely useful tools allowing you to generate interactive visualizations of Terraform dependency graphs
  • XAR : self-contained executable for python applications. It is a single, highly compressed files containing all necessary executable dependencies. It pretty much allows you to deliver the equivalent of a single golang binary but with python [Github]

Thursday, July 26, 2018

[Links of the Day] 26/07/2018 : CEO book, Middle Income Trap, Brexit and the future of European Geopolitics

  • The Great CEO Within : a good read on what it means to be a CEO and build up a company from scratch. It provides some good advice and hint of the challenges that not often talked about. 
  • Convergence vs. The Middle Income Trap: The Case of Global Soccer : a really good paper and eye-opening on the middle-income trap that nation can fall into the middle-income trap. The authors argue that the transfer of technologies, skills and best practices fosters this catch-up process. But there are limits and by analysing the soccer team progress over their history they demonstrate that like their economy these nations hit a plateau.  
  • Global Britain and the future of European Geopolitics: how Brexit is affecting the geopolitical landscape in Europe and it's relationship with the rest of the world (and especially Russia)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

[Links of the Day] 24/07/2018 : Physics of baking a good pizza, Stagnation of incomes despite Economic growth, Asciinema

  • The Physics of baking good Pizza : when physicist tries to bake good pizza they write a paper about it. 
  • Stagnating median incomes despite economic growth : a look at the reason behind income stagnation despite an almost continuous economic growth for the past 20+ years. One of the worrying aspects is that it points out to an increase in wealth inequality which can lead to social unrest. Another interesting aspect is that the USA is a clear outlier as the wage growth was significantly lower than in OECD countries. This could provide a hint as to why this country is currently in such turmoil as the inequality gap has widened exponentially over the past couple of years. 
  • asciinema : record your terminal session and replay it .... the right way you can even convert your cast to GIF with asciicast2gif !

Thursday, July 19, 2018

[Links of the Day] 19/07/2018 : High perf distributed data storage, Economics of Landmines and ARPA model

  • Crail : high-performance distributed data store designed for fast sharing of ephemeral data in distributed data processing workloads
  • The economics of landmines : economic paper on the effects of post-war landmine contamination and the influence on the population and economic society as they slowly get cleared up. I would guess that to some extent the same models and impact could be applied to toxic waste contamination area. 
  • ARPA Model : how the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) model works and how it has evolved since its inception in 1958. The authors also look at the challenge the agency is facing in the years to come.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

[Links of the Day] 17/07/2018 : Terraform collaboration tool, Cloud cost optimization, Oldschool NYC union negotiation

  • Atlantis : extremely useful framework for managing terraform script that is shared and used within a team and across teams. It streamlines your whole operation by deploying terraform on pull request merge. Making the whole operations integration seamless with your CI/CD. 
  • Cloud Cost Optimization  : Article expanding on Adrian Cockroft paper [ACM paper, Slide deck ] . It gives a good overview of the best practice out there for managing cloud cost and also skims on the many pitfalls of cost optimization. Like software development and the premature optimization fallacy, a lot of cloud customer spend way too much time trying to optimize cost early on with little to no effect. A good and quick read that can help you get in the right mindset when you need to set up a doctrine for controlling and improving your cloud cost management. 
  • Old School NYC Union negotiation : Wowww this video could have been straight out of a Scorcese mafia movie. But no, this is real life negotiation of NYC union... Which seems to goes like this: rambling ... Somebody talk loud and make a point while pointing finger.... Back to everybody arguing and ambient rambling.