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  • Sony Trains ResNet-50 on ImageNet in 224 Seconds

    Researchers from Sony announced that they trained a ResNet 50 architecture on ImageNet in only 224 seconds.  The resulting network has a top-1 accuracy of 75% on the validation set of ImageNet. They achieved this record by using 2.100 Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs from NVIDIA. Besides this record, they also got a 90% GPU scaling efficiency using 1.088 Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs. 

  • Building Production-Ready Applications: Michael Kehoe Shares Lessons Learned from LinkedIn

    At QCon San Francisco, Michael Kehoe presented “Building Production-Ready Applications”. Drawing on his experience with site reliability engineering (SRE), he introduced the tenets of “production-readiness” that all engineers across the organisation should focus on as: stability and reliability; scalability and performance; fault tolerance and disaster recovery; monitoring; and documentation.

  • Atlassian Releases Escalator, an Autoscaling Tool for Kubernetes Nodes

    Atlassian released their in-house tool Escalator as an open source project. It provides configuration-driven preemptive scale-up and faster scale-down for Kubernetes nodes.

  • Netflix Open Sources Its Container Management Platform "Titus"

    Netflix announced the open sourcing of their container management platform called Titus. Titus is built on top of Apache Mesos and runs on AWS EC2.

  • Scaling the ipify Service on Heroku

    The developer behind the ipify service shared his experiences in scaling the service to 30+ billion requests on Heroku. ipify is an online service which exposes an API that applications can invoke to fetch their external IP address.

  • 2017-2018 State of Scrum Report Published

    The top priority for executives is to deliver value. Once companies have implemented agile, customer satisfaction is the most improved metric. Necessity is driving agile transformations; companies with inflexible protocols and command-and-control leadership can’t compete in the modern world. Scrum is adapting and evolving; companies use it in ways that work for their corporate and cultural needs.

  • The Infrastructure Behind Twitter: Scaling Networking, Storage and Provisioning

    The Twitter Engineering team has recently provided an insight into the evolution and scaling of the core technologies behind their in-house infrastructure that powers the social media service. Core lessons shared included: Architect beyond the original specifications; there is no such a thing as a “temporary change or workaround”; and documenting best practices has been a “force multiplier”.

  • Building a Scalable Minimum Viable Product

    Scalability should be considered when developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). An MVP needs to be technically scalable and you need to have a plan on how to scale quickly when your MVP attracts many users and becomes successful. Knowing your possible performance bottlenecks and using common sense while developing your MVP will get you very far, says Erik Duindam, CTO at Unboxd.

  • Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

    When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

  • Becoming a Responsive Enterprise

    Software-driven companies are taking over the world because they are responsive organizations, built on 'sense and respond' instead of 'plan and predict'. In the next decade every large scale organization will be digitized and will effectively become a software-driven enterprise. Vikram Kapoor, CEO at Prowareness, explored how organizations can increase their responsiveness.

  • Scaling Stateful Services

    Caitie McCaffrey, distributed systems engineer at Twitter, talked about the benefits of stateful services which are less known than their stateless counterparts in the industry and how they can be scaled at the Strange Loop conference. The benefits include data locality and higher availability and stronger consistency models. McCaffrey also gave real world examples of stateful services.

  • Jelastic Joker 4.0 released with Advanced Docker Features

    Jelastic, a PaaS and container based IaaS provider, released Joker (Jelastic + Docker) 4.0 with advanced Docker features including horizontal scaling for containers, support for stateful containers with live migration and Docker volumes. The company has made improvements to Docker’s core technology to achieve the features in the Joker release.

  • Scaling the Stack Overflow Monolithic App by Obsessing Over Performance

    At QCon New York 2015, David Fullerton presented a deep-dive into the monolithic C# / MS SQL architecture that powers the Stack Overflow website, which handles over 4 billion requests per month. Fullerton argued that by focusing on performance, scalability was included ‘almost for free’; and that by minimising the number of external application services, the need to pay ‘SOA tax’ has been avoided.

  • Embracing HR Practices to Support Agility

    David Dame, enterprise agility change agent and organizational coach, describes scaling engagement agility in the context of HR practices.

  • David Dame Describes Scaling Engagement Agility

    David Dame, enterprise agility change agent and organizational coach introduced scaling engagement agility in his recent blog. He says that instead of process scaling, think of engagement scaling.

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