Containers the hard way: Gocker: A mini Docker written in Go

They are popular and they are misunderstood. Containers have become the default way applications are packaged and run on servers, initially popularized by Docker. Now, Docker itself is misunderstood. It is the name of a company and a command (a suite of commands, rather) that allow you to manage containers (create, run, delete, network) easily. […]

io_uring by example: Part 1 – Introduction

This article is a part of a series on io_uring Series introduction Part 1: This article. Part 2: Queuing multiple operations: We develop a file copying program, cp_liburing leveraging multiple requests with io_uring. Part 3: A web server written using io_uring. Introduction Come to think about it, I/O, along with compute are the only two […]

How AWS Firecracker works: a deep dive

Anything that powers technology like AWS Lambda needs to be really fast. And it needs to be secure. While AWS could have gone with existing technology, to satisfy both these main requirements, they went with building something new, Firecracker, that is both really fast – it can boot Linux and start executing user space processes […]

Linux Pressure Stall Information (PSI) by Example

[Discuss this article and read other’s comments on the subject on this thread on Hacker News.] The three fundamental building blocks of computers, CPU, I/O and RAM can come under pressure due to contention and this is not uncommon. To both accurately size workloads and to increase hardware utilization, having information on how much pressure […]