Neural Networks and Language Modeling

Research into sequence predictions using neural networks holds the key to major advances in speech recognition, machine translation, and language modeling. However, building and training such models is computationally taxing and very expensive. For instance, recent advances in language modeling were only achieved with the use of massive models trained on large GPU clusters for weeks at a time.

Varnish Introduces Parallel ESI and Intelligent Mobile TCP Acceleration

Varnish Software recently unveiled parallel ESI and Edgestash for Varnish Plus. These features promise to significantly speed up web performance, improve content delivery on mobile, and enhance end-user experience overall. The new solution leverages intelligent TCP acceleration in order to speed up mobile delivery by up to 40 percent, which is crucial as more and more users use their mobile devices to browse and access web content.

Blizzard Embraces AI for Starcraft II

DeepMind, the Google-owned AI startup behind AlphaGo, is collaborating with Blizzard to open the popular Starcraft II game to AI and machine learning research. The goal is to foster advancements in artificial intelligence to the extent that it can solve complex problems without human guidance.

BioCatch Launches Next-Gen Behavioral Biometrics Platform 2.0

BioCatch recently announced its next-gen behavioral biometrics platform, which has been developed for use with online and mobile applications for enterprises. Behavioral biometrics is a burgeoning field of study given the growing threat of online fraud and identity theft. Rather than relying on fingerprints and other physical attributes to confirm identity, behavioral biometric systems do so by measuring patterns of human-device interaction and behavior (e.g. gait, handwriting, typing style, etc.).

How NY Times Leverages In-House CMS, AWS, and Aspera to Deliver Content

The New York Times is leveraging AWS, in-house CMS, and Aspera for its Media Factory encoding pipeline for video. Content providers have seen a massive shift toward video in recent years, and the NYT  is no exception. Its in-house hardware solutions are no longer enough to handle the bandwidth-heavy video content it is publishing with increasing frequency, including 360-degree video and Virtual Reality. As such, the Grey Lady has opted to switch to a video publishing platform that provides capacity, flexibility, and scalability.

Distil Networks Introduces Hi-Def Fingerprinting

Distil Networks has unveiled the Hi-Def Fingerprint, an augmented device fingerprinting method that identifies unique devices more accurately than standard techniques. Finding a reliable and unique method of identification has historically been a tricky endeavor. As an analogy, Distil cites the evolution of identification methods in criminology, tracing them from their roots in the development of the mugshot and the now defunct Bertillon system, through the use of physical fingerprints, to contemporary DNA analysis.

Varnish Edgestash Highlights

Varnish has unveiled Edgestash, which is currently in beta on Varnish Plus only. It’s an ambitious solution to increase web speeds, both on mobile and in general. While most of a modern website’s content is assembled in the browser, Varnish takes that page assembly and performs its using the the bits and pieces already stored in the cache, for instance, cobbling together a web page using JSON and content from other sources.

Expedia Uses Nginx Plus

Expedia uses NGINX Plus for cloud migration at scale and routing traffic through its front door. Over the years, Expedia has configured NGINX based on three pillars of cloud migration. According to Dave Drinkle, Senior Software Engineer at Expedia, the first of those pillars is multi-region resiliency, also known as cross-regional failover, which ensures that if one region goes down, the configuration auto-fails to another.

Valve Upgrades to 100Gbps Internet Ports On Level 3 Network

Traffic to Valve has been growing 75% year-on-year. To keep up with the breakneck pace of growth, the global online gaming company has upgraded its network infrastructure to include Level 3 Communications’ 100 Gbps internet ports, which are available in 26 regions throughout North America and Europe. The new internet ports will enable Valve to provide optimal UX to the burgeoning and increasingly bandwidth-hungry global gaming market, which is expected to bring in nearly $74 billion this year.

CacheFly Moves From Nginx and Squid to Varnish Software

CacheFly launched in 2005 as a throughput-dedicated network built on a mix of proprietary and open source solutions. It can handle large, 100 TB+ caches, operates in over 80 countries, and is currently the highest throughput CDN in the world. While it used Nginx and Squid at its inception, CacheFly moved to Varnish Software last year.

Fastly Unveils Its Managed CDN

Fastly has unveiled its Managed CDN, which can be deployed on top of customers’ existing private networks, is dedicated solely for their use, and delivered as a fully managed service. Its CDN technology comes with Dynamic Site Acceleration, request collapsing, instant invalidation, real-time service provisioning, live-stream and on-demand video, image manipulation, real-time visibility, and security.

Varnish Software Introduces Varnish Extend, a DIY CDN Solution

Varnish Software has rolled out Varnish Extend, a private do-it-yourself CDN, in collaboration with Cedexis, which monitors and optimizes web performance across data centers, CDNs, and clouds. It is a pre-packaged product that comes bundled with Varnish Plus, Varnish Software caching, Cedexis’ traffic management service, blueprint, and support, and uses a subscription-based pricing model, allowing customers to control costs.

WebRTC for Low-Latency Streaming: CDN77 and Wowza

WebRTC is a free, open project that provides browsers and mobile applications (e.g. Chrome, Opera, and Firefox) with real-time communication capabilities over peer-to-peer networks, using simple APIs and without plugins or apps. Here, we detail two innovative integrations and use cases of WebRTC to enable low-latency streams.