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ActiveState’s Python taps Intel MKL to speed data science and machine...

Last year Intel became a Python distributor, offering its own edition of the language outfitted with Intel's Math Kernel Library (MKL). MKL accelerates data-science-related tasks by using Intel-specific processor extensions to speed up certain operations, a fine fit for a language that has become a staple in machine learning and math-and-stats circles.The Intel Distribution of Python, a repackaging of Continuum Analytics's Anaconda distribution, incorporated MKL support to give Python data science and machine learning packages a boost. Now ActiveState, producers of an enterprise-grade Python, (as well as Ruby, Node.js, and Golang distributions) has brought MKL into its own Python distro.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Faster machine learning is coming to the Linux kernel

It's been a long time in the works, but a memory management featurenbsp;intended to give machine learning or other GPU-powered applications anbsp;major performance boostnbsp;is close to making it into one of the next revisions of the kernel.Heterogenous memory management (HMM) allows a devicersquo;s drivernbsp;to mirror the address space for a process under its own memory management. As Red Hat developer Jeacute;rocirc;me Glissenbsp;explains, this makes it easier for hardware devices like GPUs to directly access the memory of a process without the extra overhead of copying anything.
It also doesn't violate the memory protection features afforded by modern OSes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

iOS 10.3.2 arrives with nearly two dozen security fixes

Update has been in beta testing since late March, when iOS 10.3 was released.

18 things you should know about using Linux tools in Windows...

Last year Microsoft added an unusual new feature to Windows 10: Linux support.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) — sometimes called Bash on Windows — is “Microsoft’s implementation of a Linux-compatible infrastructure that runs atop and within the Windows kernel,” senior program manager Rich Turner tells CIO.com.

That means running Linux binaries without leaving Windows.“Bash on Windows offers a toolset for developers, IT administrators and other tech professionals that want or need to run Linux command-line tools alongside their Windows tools and applications,” Turner explains.

Developed with the help of Canonical (and a large community of Linux users), it’s not there to turn Linux into Windows, or Windows into Linux.
It’s just that some Linux tools are so ubiquitous for development and deployment that it’s useful to be able to use them without spinning up a virtual machine (VM).

That’s one of the reasons Macs are so popular with developers: MacOS is based on BSD, which is Unix, so it can run Linux tools like Bash.

And now, so can Windows 10.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: Will Google dump Android for Fuchsia?

Will Google dump Android for Fuchsia? Google’s new Fuchsia operating system doesn’t use the Linux kernel.
Instead the company has created its own microkernel called Magenta.

Google has given the world its first look at Fuchsia, and many people are wondering if the company will eventually replace Android with Fuchsia.Ron Amadeo reports for Ars Technica: With any new project at Google, it's hard to know what the scale of the project will be.
Is this a "20 percent" project that will be forgotten about in a year or something more important? Luckily, we have a direct statement from a Fuchsia developer on the matter.
In the public Fuchsia IRC channel, Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht told the chat room the OS "isn't a toy thing, it's not a 20% project, it's not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don't care about anymore."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: Is Linux kernel design outdated?

Is Linux kernel design outdated? Linux has made great strides over the years, advancing far beyond where it was when it started.

But one redditor recently wondered if Linux was suffering from outdated kernel design. He asked his question in the Linu...

Google’s “Fuchsia” smartphone OS dumps Linux, has a wild new UI

Taking a look at Google's mysterious third operating system.

Simplify container deployments with Kubernetes as a service

Roopak Parikh is CTO of Platform9. Linux containers have taken infrastructure computing by storm. What started with Linux VServer, OpenVZ, cgroups, and LXC has gained momentum with the rise of Docker. You can think of a container as a lightweight V...

Android patches critical flaws in media handling, hardware drivers

Android is getting security fixes for more than 100 vulnerabilities, including 29 critical flaws in the media processing server, hardware-specific drivers and other components.Android's monthly security bulletin, published Monday, was split into two...

IDG Contributor Network: Linux kernel 4.11 released

Linux kernel 4.11 has been released Linus Torvalds has been busy working on the latest version of the Linux kernel, and now it’s finally here. Linux kernel 4.11 has been released, and it offers a range of fixes and new features. You can get a full list of what's new in Linux 4.11 from the Kernel Newbies site.Simon Sharwood reports for The Register: So what do we get this time around? Among other things, Linux is now better at hot-swapping solid state disks and can now do journaling on RAID 4/5/6 volumes. While we're talking storage, there's also support for the OPAL self-encrypting disk drive standard.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Linux kernel security gurus Grsecurity oust freeloaders from castle

No more test patches without a subscription Linux users, the free lunch is over. Pennsylvania-based Open Source Security on Wednesday decided to stop making test patches of Grsecurity available for free.…