Anandtech has posted an excellent article on the design considerations and benefits that AMD will reap with the introduction of High Bandwidth Memory for their GPUs. The approach taken by AMD to improve performance while reducing the power budget for high-performance/high-speed memory commonly found in modern graphical solutions is a step in the right direction, and will help with power consumption when it’s applied to mobile solution implementations. It will be interesting to see how other players in this space address the balance of speed and power consumption.
Fortune has recently published an article about a long-standing vulnerability that affects many of the open-source hypervisors on the market. Worth a read, especially if you are using cloud-based services or hypervisor technology that is subject to exploitation. A fix for XenServer has been released and should be applied immediately, along with the subsequent patch that remediates additional errata.
With the release of Synology DSM 5.2, an interesting problem was encountered after completing the upgrade. During the periods where DSM 5.1 was the latest and greatest iteration, we implemented CrashPlan in headless mode on the NAS itself and backup directly from the NAS to the cloud. Shortly after the 5.2 update, the status report noted that the backup engine couldn’t be reached. Logging into the Control Panel and checking the installed applications and services showed that CrashPlan had stopped.
While it would appear logical to assign the blame to the NAS due to the recent DSM 5.2 update, the root cause was a result of an update by Code42 to CrashPlan itself. Chris Nelson’s blog contains the steps required to restore operability for this solution. If all best practices and recommendations made by the Synology Security Advisor within the Control Panel were applied, validate your modified SSH port configuration before proceeding with the information contained within the link.