Month: April 2020

Architecture Decision Records At Spotify

Several teams at Spotify use architecture decision records (ADR) to capture decisions they make. ADRs have brought a number of benefits to Spotify, including improved onboarding for new developers, improved agility when handing over project ownership due to organization changes, and improved alignment across teams regarding best practices.

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Obituary: Jan Stenberg

It is with great sadness that we announce that InfoQ editor Jan Stenberg has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Jan was a well-known writer within the technology space, and was a frequent attendee at conferences held around the globe. He will be deeply missed within the InfoQ community.

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Google Announces Anthos Support for Multi-Cloud is Generally Available

In a recent blog post, Google announced that Athos support for multi-cloud is generally available. With Anthos, customers can now consolidate all their operations across on-premises, Google Cloud, and other clouds starting with AWS and Microsoft Azure as it is currently in preview. Furthermore, with the GA for multi-cloud, Anthos also received improvements in management support for virtual machines, and simplification of application modernization with updates to Migrate for Anthos.

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Audi Releases Autonomous Driving Dataset

Researchers at Audi have released the Audi Autonomous Driving Dataset (A2D2) for developing self-driving cars. The dataset includes camera images, LiDAR point clouds, and vehicle control information, and over 40,000 frames have been segmented and labelled for use in supervised learning. The dataset can be used for commercial purposes.

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55th Anniversary of Moore’s Law

April 2020 marks 55 years since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore published 'Cramming more components onto integrated circuits (pdf)', the paper that subsequently became known as the origin for his eponymous law. For over 50 of those years Intel and its competitors kept making Moore's law come true, but more recently efforts to push down integrated circuit 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.

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To Microservices and Back Again – Why Segment Went Back to a Monolith

While almost every engineering team has considered moving to microservices at some point, the advantages they bring come with serious trade-offs. At QCon London, Alexandra Noonan told how Segment broke up their monolith into microservices, then, a few years later, went back to a monolithic architecture. In Noonan's words, "If microservices are implemented incorrectly or used as a band-aid without addressing some of the root flaws in your system, you'll be unable to do new product development because you're drowning in the complexity."

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