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ISSUE 289: Reducing the Instruction Set One Chip at a Time

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“Production excellence is a multiyear investment so engagements are not considered in isolation, but at the SRE-product area level. It takes time to build up that deep understanding of the services that team is responsible for.”

Dr. Jennifer Petoff, Google’s director of SRE education.
Add It Up

The trends underlying GitLab‘s growth and recent IPO are often misunderstood. Our own recent survey found that more companies are paying GitLab to manage open source repositories in 2021. At the same time, those paying a company besides GitHub for help managing a code repo rose from 30% to 37% since 2019.

Even more notable is GitLab’s strength in China, with 57% of a 2021 JetBrains survey, 57% reporting they use it for artifact/repository management as compared to 35% that utilize GitHub. As GitLab continues to push itself as a DevOps platform, it will continue to push itself as both a single toolchain companies can rely on and as part of a larger offering platform teams offer developers.

What's Happening

Software deployments increasingly involve highly distributed and decentralized application development processes across any combination of data centers, public cloud and the edge. All the while, reliability, security or performance cannot be compromised.

In this The New Stack Makers podcast, a panel of technology executives discussed the best ways to speed up business innovation in today’s multicloud and multi-infrastructure world. Over a virtual pancake breakfast during VMworldVMware‘s annual user conference, they also discussed how to deliver apps and services faster to improve the customer experience.

The guests were Dormain Drewitz, senior director of product marketing for VMware Tanzu; Mandy Storbakken, cloud technologist for VMware; Shawn Bass, chief technology officer for VMware’s end-user computing business; and Jo Peterson, vice president cloud and security services at Clarify360.

Alex Williams, founder and publisher of TNS, and Joab Jackson, TNS editor-in-chief, hosted the podcast.

Business Innovation Across Multiclouds

Reducing the Instruction Set One Chip at a Time

To date, The New Stack has focused on the software side of computing. After all, the whole goal of cloud native computing is to not worry about the underlying platform. But with the emergence of RISC architectures such as Arm and RISC-V, this may be the time for TNS to take a deeper look at the lower end of the stack.

Of course, Intel’s x86 architecture provides most all the processing power for enterprise computing today. But, increasingly, organizations are looking at ARM as more efficient alternative. As Tigera’s Reza Ramezanpour pointed out in a recent contributed post, the x86 uses an implementation of complex instruction set computer (CISC) architecture, allowing for a single instruction to execute multi-step operations in each clock cycle.  “Arm, on the other hand, uses an implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture, allowing it to use a limited, highly optimized set of instructions to execute a single instruction in each clock cycle,” Ramezanpour wrote.

In other words, a project that can fit a workload onto a RISC architecture can reap considerable operational efficiencies. And these efficiencies will grow important as the application scales. The holding company for the Arm architecture, Arm Ltd. itself is looking to see how this architecture could fit into edge computing and Internet of Things-styled applications, reports TNS correspondent Jeffrey Burt. “The goal is to create an IoT software development environment similar to that of mobile phones, where millions of apps have been created for thousands of different smartphones,” Burt wrote.

Arm is not the only game in town when it comes to RISC. Another recent contributed post, from Vates co-founder and CEO Olivier Lambert, discusses the growing momentum around the open source RISC-V architecture. Although we think of open source being mostly about software, the community-driven approach to sharing ideas can also be applied to hardware design as well (We also covered RISC-V in a recent video interview with the RISC-V folks). “In the end, RISC-V’s timing is greatly aligned with the big shift visible in the data center. You might argue that Arm is better suited to achieve all of this, and in fact it already partly did. But Arm’s [instruction set architecture] isn’t open, unlike RISC-V. You could indeed work with Arm to build your own solution, like AWS did with its Graviton 2.”

What do you think? Should The New Stack take a closer look at what is happening on the hardware side of things?

Hundreds of Developers Build Tiny JavaScript Games for JS13K

For the 10th year in a row, hundreds of amateur game developers competed to build the best games using just 13 kilobytes of JavaScript. And a new category in this year’s competition — decentralized — also offered game makers the chance to explore an even more current set of technologies.

Google SRE: Site Reliability Engineering at a Global Scale

It was only logical that this year’s DevOps Enterprise Summit would want to invite Google SRE leadership to break down how it works at Google. After all, with more than 2 billion lines of code, Google’s production environment is one of the most complex integrated systems… ever. This post summarizes the talk given by Benjamin Treynor Sloss, designer of Google’s SRE program.

CodeSee Helps Developers ‘Understand the Codebase’

CodeSee aims to help developers gain an initial understanding large codebases as they evolve over time. Earlier this month, CodeSee, which is still in beta, launched OSS Port to bring its code visibility and “continuous understanding” product to open source projects. Earlier this month, CodeSee, which is still in beta, launched OSS Port to bring its code visibility to open source projects as well.

Party On

During the EmpowerUs panel during KubeCon+CloudNativeCon, Heather Joslyn, Colleen Coll, Sophia Vargas, Elenore Bastien and Krystal Kirkland talked about women and non-binary individuals being minorities in tech.

Splunk's Constance Caramanolis, who was a KubeCon+CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 co-chair.

Camunda's Rin Oliver offered some unique and powerful insight: "Putting Into Practice the Skills You've Learned Contributing to Kubernetes."

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