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  • Posted on Friday January 10, 2020
     Wake up! It's HighScalability time: Forrest Brazeal warns you not to spend your limited innovation credits building bespoke, complex systems that provide no direct value to your business, instead position yourself at the top of what heI calls the Wisdom/Cleverness Curve   Do you like this sort of Stuff? Your support on Patreon is ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday January 08, 2020
    When it comes to connection pooling in the PostgreSQL world, PgBouncer is probably the most popular option. It’s a very simple utility that does exactly one thing – it sits between the database and the clients and speaks the PostgreSQL protocol, emulating a PostgreSQL server. A client connects to PgBouncer with the ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday December 06, 2019
     Wake up! It's HighScalability time: Formation of a single massive galaxy through time in the TNG50 cosmic simulation. It traces the simultaneous evolution of thousands of galaxies over 13.8 billion years of cosmic history. It does so with more than 20 billion particles representing dark matter, stars, cosmic gas, magnetic fields, ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday November 25, 2019
      This is a guest post by Kalpesh Patel, an Engineer, who for  Egnyte from home. Egnyte is a Secure Content Platform built specifically for businesses. He and his colleagues spend their productive hours scaling large distributed file systems. You can reach him at @kpatelwork. Introduction Your Laptop has a filesystem used by hundreds of processes. ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday November 15, 2019
     Wake up! It's HighScalability time:   Which exoplanet  do you want to haunt? (JPL) Do you like this sort of Stuff? I'd greatly appreciate your support on Patreon. I also wrote Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10 for all who need to understand the cloud. On Amazon it has 61 mostly 5 star reviews (137 ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday November 01, 2019
     Wake up! It's HighScalability time:   Butterfly? Nope, cells in telophase stage of mitosis (Jason M. Kirk) Do you like this sort of Stuff? I'd greatly appreciate your support on Patreon. I also wrote Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10 for all who need to understand the cloud. On Amazon it has 61 mostly 5 ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2019
    AWS is the #1 cloud provider for open-source database hosting, and the go-to cloud for MySQL deployments. As organizations continue to migrate to the cloud, it’s important to get in front of performance issues, such as high latency, low throughput, and replication lag with higher distances between your users and ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday November 27, 2018
    Reading: Years in Big Data. Months with Apache Flink. 5 Early Observations With Stream Processing: https://data-artisans.com/blog/early-observations-apache-flink. The article suggest adopting the right solution, Flink, for big data processing. Flink is interesting and built for stream processing. The broader view and take away may be to solve problems using the right ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Saturday November 25, 2017
    Introduction Load balance is used to rebalance the whole system resources (eg, CPU, memory, etc) so that system performance, scalability (in terms of no matter how many processes contend) and usability (in terms of idle resources can be used up immediately) will be improved. In this article, I mainly present ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Saturday September 09, 2017
    The encoding of x86 and x86-64 instructions is well documented in Intel or AMD’s manuals. However, they are not quite easy for beginners to start with to learn encoding of the x86-64 instructions. In this post, I will give a list of useful manuals for understanding and studying the x86-64 ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Saturday September 09, 2017
    The metadata checkpointing in HDFS is done by the Secondary NameNode to merge the fsimage and the edits log files periodically and keep edits log size within a limit. For various reasons, the checkpointing by the Secondary NameNode may fail. For one example, HDFS SecondaraNameNode log shows errors in its ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday August 27, 2017
    Introduction In general, if we want to debug Linux Kernel, there are lots of tools such as Linux Perf, Kprobe, BCC, Ktap, etc, and we can also write kernel modules, proc subsystems or system calls for some specific debugging aims. However, if we have to instrument kernel to achieve our ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Saturday August 26, 2017
    Introduction As we know, network subsystems are important in computer systems since they are I/O systems and need to be optimized with many algorithms and skills. This article will introduce how QEMU/KVM [2] network part works. In order to put everything simple and easy to understand, we will begin with ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday August 20, 2017
    Abstract Most popular task monitor systems (such as top, iotop, proc, etc) can only get tasks’ disk I/O information like tasks’ I/O utilization percentage every seconds due to kernel timer/tick frequency and high time cost of system interfaces. This article presents I/O Microscopy, a new way to get tasks’ disk ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday February 14, 2017
    Motivation Recently, I find it is hard to know the percentage of time that one process uses to wait for synchronous I/O (eg, read, etc). One way is to use the taskstats API provided by Linux Kernel [1]. However, for this way, the precision may be one problem. With this ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday November 29, 2015
    Amazon S3 is a widely used public cloud storage system. S3 allows an object/file to be up to 5TB which is enough for most applications. The AWS Management Console provides a Web-based interface for users to upload and manage files in S3 buckets. However, uploading a large files that is ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday March 10, 2015
    Retail is one of the most important business domains for data science and data mining applications because of its prolific data and numerous optimization problems such as optimal prices, discounts, recommendations, and stock levels that can be solved using data analysis methods. The rise of omni-channel retail that integrates marketing, ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday September 14, 2014
    Hadoop 2 or YARN is the new version of Hadoop. It adds the yarn resource manager in addition to the HDFS and MapReduce components. Hadoop MapReduce is a programming model and software framework for writing applications, which is an open-source variant of MapReduce designed and implemented by Google initially for ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday March 18, 2014
    Benchmarks are important to understand the performance and quantitative and qualitative comparison of different systems. Many analytic frameworks, such as Hive, Impala and Shark, are designed and implemented these years and become fundamental software for processing big data. How to benchmark these big data analytic systems is an interesting problem. ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday February 04, 2014
    The public cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Windows Azure Storage replicate the data to ensure high availability. On the other hand, with data being replicated, the storage services exhibits certain data consistency models. Different cloud service providers employ different data consistency models nowadays. In this ... Continue Reading »
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  2. Yeah, the poll() function is broken on MacOS and therefore is not supported in Python for the Mac.The select library supports other polling mechanisms; it essentially exposes whatever the OS supports. Let me look into an update to the code that will use kevent on Macs.

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