Most users of Amazon EC2 use the service inefficiently with only a 15% utilization of the infrastructure. The most effective way to use EC2 is by running many applications in large memory reserved instances. James Watters describes how the new architecture of Cloud Foundry uses Linux Control Groups to optimise efficiency and reduce costs by up to a factor of 10.
GCC has become fully implemented in C++ in its new 4.8 release, but the improvements aren't solely internal. The compiler has increased support for C++11, Google's Go, and new compiler optimizations.
dotCloud, a PaaS provider, has open sourced Docker, a key component of their platform. Docker is a LinuX Container (LXC) technology augmented with a a high level API providing a lightweight virtualization solution that runs Unix processes in isolation. It provides a way to automate software deployment in a secure and repeatable environment.
Microsoft Open Technologies unveiled their first major offerings in the form of a repository for pre-configured virtual machines that can be quickly deployed to the Windows Azure cloud. The VM Depot is advertised as a place to discover and deploy Azure-friendly virtual machines, and may be Microsoft’s answer to the popular catalog provided for AWS users.
Google today disclosed details of Compute Engine, an IaaS offering that runs Linux VMs on demand utilizing Google’s cloud infrastructure. Google Compute Engine (GCE) supports 1, 2, 4 and 8 virtual core VMs with 3.75GB RAM per virtual core
Windows Azure now supports 4 flavors of Linux and 5 VM sizes. Microsoft embraces Linux in order to see their cloud computing platform adopted, and promises even more support for other OSes and all programming languages.
Microsoft has released SQL Server ODBC drivers for the 64 bit version of Linux. These drivers are intended for C and C++ developers using Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 and Enterprise Linux 6.
OpenSim represents a freely available open source software system for modeling and simulation of movement. The system is provided by NCSSR (National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research) which denotes a research department within Stanford University, California. The spectrum of possible application domains such as rehabilitation medicine, robotics, or games makes OpenSim interesting.
After over a month since Kernel.org's security breach was announced (and subsequently taken off-line), the Kernel.org website has been brought back on-line.
SUSE, formally part of Novell, has renewed its interoperability agreement with Microsoft for five more years. This agreement includes a 100 million investment in “new SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates”. And like the last agreement it raises more questions than answers.
The goal of the new JClouds 1.0 release is to provide a common interface for managing compute nodes and storage nodes across many vendors, providers, frameworks and APIs from IaaS to PaaS, says JClouds founder Adrian Cole.
GPU.NET 2.0 supports Mono, enabling building and deploying computational intensive applications for Linux and Mac OS X along the already supported Windows.
GPU.NET is a managed solution integrated with Visual Studio 2010 for .NET developers and aimed at creating calculation intensive applications for GPU.
Last week, Red Hat released a comprehensive Cloud strategy aiming at increasing interoperability between Clouds and portability of applications from one Cloud to another. Red Hat also submitted its APIs to the Apache DeltaCloud initiative.