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  • Amazon Announces the General Availability of EC2 M6g Instances Powered by AWS Graviton2

    Recently Amazon announced the general availability of their 6th generation Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) General Purpose instance: the M6g – with the ‘g’ standing for “Graviton2”, a next-generation Arm-based chip. The public cloud vendor and their acquired company Annapurna Labs designed this chip, which utilizes 64-bit Arm Neoverse N1 cores.

  • 55th Anniversary of Moore's Law

    April 2020 marks 55 years since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore published ‘Cramming more components onto integrated circuits’. For over 50 years Intel and its competitors kept making Moore’s law come true, but more recently efforts to push down chip feature size have been hitting trouble with limitations in economics and physics that force us to consider what happens in a post Moore’s law world.

  • Benchmarks for Amazon's Graviton2 Arm Processor

    AnandTech has published 'Amazon's Arm-based Graviton2 against AMD and Intel' which includes comprehensive benchmarks across Amazon’s general purpose instances. The cost analysis section describes ‘An x86 Massacre’, as while the pure performance of the Arm chip is generally in the same region as the x86 competitors, its lower price means the price/performance is substantially better.

  • The Story behind Very Fast iPhone XS JavaScript Performance

    Initial reviews of JavaScript performance benchmarks show the iPhone XS and iPhone XS max having better performance than even an iMac Pro with the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, which compares performance in real-world framework loading scenarios.

  • ARM64 for UWP Debuts in Visual Studio 2017 15.9 Preview 3

    Microsoft continues work on upcoming 15.9 update to Visual Studio 2017. In the third preview of 15.9, Microsoft announced support for UWP apps on the ARM64 platform and expanded functionality for TypeScript developers. As has been the familiar occurrence, a large of number of fixes are also included.

  • Shippable and Packet Collaborate on Native Arm CI/CD

    DevOps automation platform, Shippable, and bare metal cloud provider, Packet, have jointly announced a new hosted continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) capability for developers working on software applications for Arm®v8-A architecture. The solution allows open source and commercial software projects to build and validate their software on-demand on Arm-based machines from Packet’s cloud.

  • Spectre 1.1 and 1.2 Vulnerabilities Disclosed

    Two new vulnerabilities exploiting flaws in CPUs speculative execution have been recently disclosed. Dubbed Spectre 1.1 and 1.2, both are variants of the original Spectre (Spectre-v1) vulnerability and leverage speculative stores to create speculative buffer overflows which can escape Spectre-v1 mitigations.

  • StackPointCloud Enhances Istio and Kubernetes Functionality in Cloud-Native Management Platform

    StackPointCloud, provider of a cloud-native management platform for Istio and Kubernetes, has added a series of tools to help enterprises deploy and use microservices and containers. Users can now manage Istio service meshes across Kubernetes clusters using their preferred cloud providers and StackPointCloud has partnered with Packet Host to help customers use ARM with their Kubernetes clusters.

  • Xen Hypervisor 4.10 Focuses on Security and Better ARM Support

    The Xen Project released version 4.10 of their hypervisor with an improved architecture for x86, better support for ARM processor hardware updates, and changes to schedulers and the user interface.

  • Expanding Visual Studio's Cross-Compiler Support for ARM

    Visual Studio has long possessed the ability to target the ARM-platform, as long as the platform is running Windows. In Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 2, the IDE is expanding this support by adding the capability to target ARM based computers and IoT devices through the use of the GCC compiler.

  • Apple Open-Sourced the iOS Kernel for ARM CPUs

    Apple has quietly made available arm and arm64-specific files on its GitHub XNU-darwin repository. While this may not be interesting to all developers, it still enables interesting possibilities for security researchers and others.

  • ARM Open Sources mbed, an IoT OS

    The ARM mbed OS has entered beta and a number of components have been or will be open sourced in the following weeks.

  • Java 8 for Raspberry Pi Developer Preview

    Oracle released the Java 8 developer preview for ARM processors last week. This early access build is especially tailored for running JavaFX on Raspberry Pi devices.

  • ARMing .NET Developers for Windows 8

    .NET Developers looking to support the ARM processor on Windows 8 have relatively few obstacles, but there are a few areas that can expose latent bugs. Microsoft has provided some new tips on how to avoid the pitfalls.

  • Microsoft Details Windows 8 for ARM

    Microsoft has detailed Windows 8 for ARM: architected for low power consumption, apps that can only target WinRT, restricted desktop that allows only Office 15 and some Windows components to run.

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