High Performance Infrastructure (Issue #1): Understanding Networks and 5G
Welcome to the first issue of High Performance Infrastructure—a new project we’ll be delivering bi-monthly about the latest news, stories, tools, and resources to help you confidently deliver your applications and content to the world.
In this first issue we share some 101-level information about networks for those who aren’t familiar with how networks like StackPath operate. Then, with this information in mind, we expose the future of content delivery and computing that will happen at the network’s edge alongside 5G.
There’s also some handy information available about caching that you can use to improve the performance of your app or site in a few days, or even a few hours.
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How networks work
Whether you’re new to DevOps or just need a refresher on networking technology, these brief explainers can help.
What is a point of presence (PoP)? (StackPath Blog)
If you’ve been using CDNs and never took the time to learn about PoPs, this is your chance.
What ia a network backbone? (StackPath Blog)
This thing allows you to hop over internet congestion.
What is peering? (StackPath Blog)
StackPath has over 2,600 peering partners. This post talks about what that means.
What is an autonomous system number (ASN)? (StackPath Blog)
StackPath is connected to over 28,000 ASNs. Again, here’s what the means.
Bonus: Packet Pushers published a new episode of Heavy Networking that discusses how the public Internet is changing, edge computing, addressing BGP route leak issues, and more.
The story behind Verizon’s 5G secret weapon (Light Reading)
Verizon won’t rent someone else’s fiber for 5G backhaul. They will control everything from the 5G antenna to the wires that connect that antenna to the Internet backbone.
Planning for the impact of 5G on business (Cisco)
To benefit from 5G enterprises should prepare for larger data volumes, greater instrumentation, and increasing use of AI.
5G hype is growing faster than the infrastructure (Data Center Frontier)
StackPath’s CEO Lance Crosby points out that true 5G is still a year away. Right now there are only 12 cities where 5G is up and running.
Code caching for WebAssembly developers (Google V8 Blog)
Learn about the operation of Chrome’s WebAssembly code cache and how you can take advantage of it to speed up loading for applications with large WebAssembly modules.
Distributed caching in .NET Core with PostSharp and Redis (Tugberk Ugurlu)
Learn how to deploy into multiple nodes for further fault tolerance and load distribution with the PostSharp out-of-the-box Redis implementation.
How to measure your CDN’s cache hit ratio and increase cache hits (StackPath Blog)
Identify whether your cache is cold, warm, or hot—then get three specific tips for making your CDN cache hotter.
How I increased my Google Pagespeed score from 40 to 90 (Eric Seufert)
A good read for anyone who has a website for a side project and wants to improve page load times and UX with CDNs and caching.
- Developers don’t understand what CORS is (Chris Foster)
- Serverless resources for frontend developers (CSS Tricks)
- New Repo: k3v – Virtual Kubernetes (GitHub)
- How to support open source software and stay sane (Nature)
- Learning to build distributed systems (Marc Brooker)
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