Happy new year! Where have I been writing when I haven’t been writing here?
Once again, SysAdvent was a great success. The large community that has built around this project means I do less than in years past. I want to give others the opportunity to get involved, too. This year I edited one article:
- How to set and monitor SLAs — Emily Chang wrote a great article about why SLAs are important and how sysadmins can manage them.
The Next Platform
I’m freelancing for The Next Platform as a contributing author. Here are the articles I wrote last month:
- Building intelligence into machine learning hardware — General purpose CPUs and GPUs are not well-suited to machine learning. British startup Graphcore is developing a new kind of chip specifically for machine learning applications.
- Let there be light: the year in silicon photonics — Silicon optics are available in networking gear now. In the future, replacing electrical connections with optical could be a big boost in CPU performance and potentially change how compute hardware is built.
Over on Opensource.com, we hit the million page view mark for the third consecutive month. I wrote the articles below.
- 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox — I reprised my Open Source Yearbook article for the 2016 edition. This article highlights 10 tools that had a release in 2016.
- 2016 Hacktoberfest ignite open source participation — I wrote about Hacktoberfest this year. It was a great success.
- Best of Opensource.com: Science — As part of the regular year-end roundup, I covered some of the most popular open science articles from 2016.
Meanwhile, I wrote or edited a few things for work, too:
- LISA 16 Cloud HPC BoF — I summarized a BoF session at the LISA Conference in Boston.
- Various ghost-written pieces. I’ll never tell which ones!