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  • Couchbase Details Its Distributed ACID Transaction Architecture

    Couchbase recently published a detailed explanation of its distributed multi-document ACID transaction implementation. In its blog post, Couchbase lays out how its DB engine supports the Monotonic Atomic View consistency model, which is a strengthened version of the Read Committed consistency model.

  • HashiCorp Announces the General Availability of HCP Vault on AWS

    Recently, HashiCorp announced the general availability of their fully-managed Vault service for AWS environments on the HashiCorp Cloud Platform (HCP). With Vault, customers can leverage a SaaS service with secret management and encryption capabilities.

  • Microsoft Releases AI Training Library ZeRO-3 Offload

    Microsoft recently open-sourced ZeRO-3 Offload, an extension of their DeepSpeed AI training library that improves memory efficiency while training very large deep-learning models. ZeRO-3 Offload allows users to train models with up to 40 billion parameters on a single GPU and over 2 trillion parameters on 512 GPUs.

  • .NET 6: Date and Time Structures

    A long-standing problem with .NET’s Base Class Library is the inability to separately represent date and time values. As part of .NET 6, the new DateOnly and TimeOnly classes seek to correct this oversight.

  • Microsoft Introduces Microsoft Build of OpenJDK

    Microsoft has introduced a preview release of Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, a new open-source downstream distribution of OpenJDK. Microsoft Build of OpenJDK supports x64 server and desktop environments on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Bruno Borges, principal program manager, Java Engineering Group at Microsoft, spoke to InfoQ about Microsoft Build of OpenJDK.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of April 5th, 2021

    The last week was an eventful one for the .NET community, with multiple releases from Microsoft - including the third preview for .NET 6, ASP.NET Core, MAUI, and EF Core 6. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of April 5th, 2021.

  • Google Announces the General Availability of A2 Virtual Machines

    Recently, Google announced A2 Virtual Machines (VMs)' general availability based on the NVIDIA Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPUs in Compute Engine. According to the company, the A2 VMs will allow customers to run their NVIDIA CUDA-enabled machine learning (ML) and high-performance computing (HPC) scale-out and scale-up workloads efficiently at a lower cost.

  • Alibaba Announces 10 Billion Parameter Multi-Modal AI M6

    Alibaba has created an AI model called Multi-Modality to Multi-Modality Multitask Mega-transformer (M6). The model contains 10 billion parameters and is pretrained on a dataset consisting of 1.9TB of images and 292GB of Chinese-language text. M6 can be fine-tuned for several downstream tasks, including text-guided image generation, visual question answering, and image-text matching.

  • Java News Roundup - Week of March 29th, 2021

    This week’s Java roundup features news on: the proposed JDK 17 proposed release schedule; Confluent providing early access to KIP-500, an internal metadata store for Apache Kafka that will ultimately remove its dependency on Apache ZooKeeper; Red Hat and AWS announcing the Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS; and point releases for Quarkus, Micronaut and Spring Data.

  • JetBrains Releases Projector, a Technology to Remotely Run Swing Applications

    JetBrains recently released the first major iteration of Projector, a technology that allows developers to run and operate Swing GUI applications remotely. Resource-hungry applications like Android Studio may run on a powerful server while developers need only a web browser on a thin client.

  • Two Hidden Instructions Discovered in Intel CPUs Enable Microcode Modification

    Security researchers Mark Ermolov, Dmitry Sklyarov, and Maxim Goryachy discovered two undocumented x86 instructions that can be used to modify the CPU microcode. The instructions can only be executed when the CPU runs in debug mode, which makes them not easily exploitable, though.

  • Supreme Court Rules Google's Use of Java API Was Fair Use

    The Supreme Court in the United States of America has ruled that Google's use of the Java API was fair use, and that the objections raised by Oracle are rejected. InfoQ looks back at the history and what this means for the future of APIs.

  • Google Pushes for Better Android App Quality

    Google launched a new quality section on its Android developer site and updated the Core App Quality checklist. These moves continue Google’s push for better app quality, such as improved privacy and battery life and increased gesture navigation. Google promises quarterly revisions of this checklist and other checklists, and more tooling.

  • .NET News Roundup - Week of March 29th, 2021

    The last week of March was pretty intense in the .NET community, with the release of Project Reunion 0.5, Dapr 1.1, and more. InfoQ examined these and a number of smaller stories in the .NET ecosystem from the week of March 29th, 2021.

  • Consul-Terraform-Sync Enables Automating of Common Networking Tasks

    HashiCorp has moved Consul-Terraform-Sync (CTS) into full general availability. CTS allows for the definition of tasks as Terraform modules that can be run as services are added or removed from Consul. CTS is part of a solution called Network Infrastructure Automation (NIA) which focuses on automating day two network tasks such as updating load balancer pools or firewall policies.

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