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From: BeenRetired4/8/2021 1:10:07 PM
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AWS straps Python support to its automated CodeGuru tool, slashes prices ["up tp 90%"] – just don't go over 100,000 lines
Or the cost triples, which is one way to encourage concise programming

Tim Anderson
Wed 7 Apr 2021 // 19:06 UTC

AWS has declared Python support in its automated code review system CodeGuru production ready, as well as reducing the price by "up to 90 per cent."

Our first look at the CodeGuru preview in late 2019 was disappointing. We had trouble getting it to make any recommendations, and the price at $0.75 per 100 lines of code seemed excessive – though any code review system is well worth it if it finds issues that prevent bugs or security problems making their way into production.

Since then, AWS has made a number of improvements, including a preview of Python support (alongside Java) in December last year. "We analyzed large code corpuses and Python documentation to source hard-to-find coding issues and trained our detectors to provide best practice recommendations," said the company.

There is also a catch: if developers perform more than two "full repository scans" there is a further $10 fee per scan

Python support is now generally available, and AWS said it has extended coverage with over 40 new rules and three new detectors, these referring to the categories of issues CodeGuru can identify.

The new detectors cover code maintainability, which claims to identify code complexities among other things, input validation, and resource leaks. These are in addition to existing detectors, which include correct use of AWS APIs, Java and Python best practices, concurrency issues, leak of sensitive information, common coding errors, and unnecessarily duplicated code.

The company has also had a look at its pricing for CodeGuru, needed because the old model could prove expensive. The mechanism for the code analysis has always been that the developer associates the service with a code repository, and analysis is triggered by code commits.

Supported repositories are the little-used AWS CodeCommit, Atlassian Bitbucket, GitHub, both cloud and self-hosted, and code dumped into Amazon S3.

The new pricing model is "a fixed monthly rate determined by the total lines of code across off of [a customer's] on-boarded repositories," AWS said this week, charged at $10 per month for the first 100,000 lines of code, and $30 for each additional 100k lines of code.

We are not sure why the price escalates rather than reducing as you add more code; maybe it will help to discourage code bloat. There is also a catch: if developers perform more than two "full repository scans" there is a further $10 fee per scan.

Despite these caveats, the service does seem a lot more affordable than before; the company states that it is "a price reduction of up to 90 per cent."

While this sounds impressive, some users of the service apparently still struggle with the issue we encountered with the early preview: that CodeGuru refuses to make any recommendations. This discussion on the AWS developer forum states that "on a codebase of nearly 100,000 lines, only 4 recommendations. All not relevant."

Getting the balance right for this type of automated code scan is challenging. If the developer sees thousands of recommendations, they may just be ignored. Few or none raises the strong suspicion that the service is not working correctly.

This is a crowded market; there are numerous static analysis tools out there, and IDEs like Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and Visual Studio come with built-in tools. These will not pick up AWS SDK best practices, nor do they have the resources of AWS machine learning behind them, but having improved its pricing, the key question is how effective it is at coming up with useful recommendations. ®

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From: BeenRetired4/8/2021 1:25:22 PM
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Ice Lake scales MemVerge in-memory SW to new heights

By Chris Mellor
April 8, 2021

Updated Memory Machine software from MemVerge runs applications faster with support for Ice Lake CPUs and increased memory capacity.

MemVerge CEO Charles Fan issued this announcement: “Memory Machine v1.2 is designed to allow application vendors and end-users to take full advantage of Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable processor and Optane memory technology.”

MemVerge’s Big Memory software virtualizes DRAM and Optane persistent memory (PMem) tiers into a single resource pool to host applications and their working data set in memory and so avoid making time-sapping storage IO calls to SSDs or disk drives.

Blocks & Files diagram showing Memory Machine concepMemory Machine 1.2 supports four to 80 Ice Lake cores and up to 6TB of DRAM + Optane PMem 200 storage-class memory per Ice Lake CPU. There is 32 per cent more bandwidth than with Optane PMem 200 than PMem 100 drives.

Newly-announced Ice Lake gen 3 Xeon CPUs run faster than gen 2 Xeons which speeds up in-memory apps. Ice Lake also supports more memory sockets – 8 rather than 6 – giving 2TB DRAM capacity per CPU, instead of the prior 1.5TB. Ice Lake Gen 2’s Optane PMem support bulks up the overall per-CPU memory capacity to 6TB from gen 2 Xeon’s 4.5TB maximum. This extra capacity means more and larger in-memory applications can run and execute faster.

Storage Review testing showed that Memory Machine 1.2 running with dual 40-core Ice Lake CPU, 512GB DRAM, and 2TB of Optane PMem 200 provided 2x read performance and 3x write performance of a dual 26-core gen 2 Cascade Lake Xeon system with 192GB DRAM and 1.5TB of PMem 100 capacity.

MemVerge’s press announcement includes a quote from Mark Wright, technology manager for Chapeau Studios: “Initially, we opened a poly-dense scene in Maya and it took two-and-a-half minutes [from storage]. Then, we opened a scene from a snapshot we’d taken with Memory Machine and it took eight seconds.”

V1.2 Memory Machine adds:

Centralised Memory Management for configuration, monitoring, and alerts for DRAM and PMem across the data centre,Redis and Hazelcast Cluster high-availability through coordinated in-memory snapshots to enable instant recovery of the entire cluster,Double the OLPT performance of Microsoft SQL Server on Linux ,Support for QEMU-KVM hypervisor with dynamic tuning of DRAM:PMem ratio per VM, and minimised performance degradation caused by noisy neighbours, Autosaving and in-memory snapshots allow animation and VFX apps to provide Time Machine capabilities that allow artists to share workspaces instantly and recover from crashes in seconds.MemVerge expects the software upgrade will accelerate single-cell genome analytics but has not yet published figures demonstrating this.

The company has joined the CXL consortium, which is developing coherent bus technology to enable remote access to pools of memory. The company has also set up labs at Arrow, Intel, MemVerge, Penguin Computing, and WWT that are equipped for Big Memory demonstrations, proof-of-concept testing, and software integration.

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 6:39:00 AM
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LEVI CC: "Our total digital ecosystem grew 36%"...

I've followed enough Retail for years to know the winners are those who embrace Tech. Not dabble.
Dots child's play.
It's all about Digital, stupid.
This is JUST the start.
Bit ONLY soar from here.


Our own e-commerce business grew 25% in the first quarter and increased to 10% of total company revenues. An increasing share of consumer demand continues to be fulfilled by omni capabilities we’ve rolled out in the last year. These include ship from store, associate ordering, BOPIS and two-day shipping. We initially launched these in the U.S. and are now expanding them globally. We recently saw our largest week of sales from associate ordering, a capability that helps ensure we don’t miss a sale and caters to how younger consumers are shopping, behaviors we expect will stick beyond the pandemic. We’re just scratching the surface as these omni capabilities scale they’re becoming increasingly more meaningful.

Our NextGen Store rollout continues around the globe. We’ve opened our first NextGen Store in the Middle East, an ultra-premium store in the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world shopped by 80 million people annually. We’re leveraging AI to continue to accelerate our digital transformation within direct-to-consumer, a new product recommendation engine on now personalizes the individual experience online based on consumer profiles and browsing and purchase patterns showing increases in revenue and conversion. Loyalty program membership increased by 35% in the last quarter to more than 5 million members globally and revenue contribution from our mobile app is exceeding expectations and continues to grow month-over-month. We are reaching a younger consumer who is engaging with us more times per month and longer per visit.

We’re using the app as a seamless connector for the online to offline experience and are piloting new convenience oriented in-store features like contactless returns and self-checkout. And we continue to diversify the business. On the international front our developing markets of China, India, and Russia all had great first quarters and represent significant growth opportunities. Despite the lockdowns first quarter sales of women’s bottoms in Europe exceeded Q1 2019 in net revenues. In our top 10 wholesale accounts revenues from our women’s business grew double digits as compared to a year ago. And our wholesale channel continues to transform and become healthier with a higher share of business in digital, mass, premium, and with financially healthy retailers.

Our total digital ecosystem grew 36% and comprised 26% of total company first quarter revenues up from 16% a year ago. The opportunity in digital remains huge and we aspire to grow this over time to a third of our business. All these efforts are driving higher AURs resulting from premiumization, product mix and pricing. And we have additional pricing opportunities going forward on the back of the brand strength. Finally before I turn it over to Harmit I’d like to take a moment to share some of the things we’re doing on the ESG front. We continue to make progress on our goals for climate and water and in becoming a more environmentally resilient company. We recently rolled out new greenhouse gas emission targets to all our key suppliers.

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 6:48:55 AM
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Strong Chromebook shipments to buoy chip suppliers in 2Q21
Cage Chao, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
Friday 9 April 2021

Taiwan-based IC design houses including MediaTek, Elan Microelectronics and Integrated Technology Express (ITE) continue to enjoy a strong pull-in of orders for Chromebooks, which will boost their respective revenues to record highs in the second quarter

Love it.
The cure for House of WinTel was House of Wintel. Steroidal Stagnation created simply yuge innovation.
Competition now abounds in Hardware and Software.
Disruption way good for bits.


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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 7:03:05 AM
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Acer optimistic about 2Q21 shipments in Asia Pacific
Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
Wednesday 7 April 2021

Acer expects shipments into Asia Pacific to grow sequentially in the second quarter (Banal from home deleted. Really, really bugs the krapp out of me.)

Hou pointed out that the recovery of the Asia Pacific PC market has been 1-2 quarters later compared to that in Europe and North America. Demand for PCs in the Asia Pacific market began picking up in the first quarter of 2021.

Acer has also continued its marketing and promotions of gaming products and activities in Asia Pacific and has hosted an e-sport tournament that will end on April 11, Hou noted.

Because of component shortages and lockdowns amid the pandemic, Acer's gaming product sales in Asia Pacific in 2020 were weaker than in previous years. Acer's gaming notebook sales increased only 34% on year in 2020, but sales of ultra-thin notebooks grew 55% and Chromebooks 389%, Hou said.

However, Hou expects Acer's consumer and enterprise notebook shipments to all grow from a year ago in 2021. Acer's revenues from Asia Pacific increased around 50% on year in the first quarter of 2021 with sales in the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam all doubling on year and those in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore rising more than 50%.

In the first quarter of 2021, Acer's ultra-thin notebook sales in the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, India and Indonesia doubled on year, while Chromebook sales in Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines were up more than 200% and gaming notebook sales in the Philippines and Vietnam also picked up over 200% on year, Hou said.

Hou expects PC demand to remain robust in the second half of 2021 due to seasonality, while orders from the education, government and enterprise procurement segments will also expand. Acer landed a total of US$49 million worth of procurement orders in the first quarter of 2021.

The company in the second quarter of 2021 will also have a chance to obtain procurement orders from Indonesia, Japan, India and the Philippines, with projects from them totaling US$128 million.

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 7:06:49 AM
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Wistron sees over 50% surge in notebook shipments in 1Q21
Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
Friday 9 April 2021

Wistron shipped a total of 5.4 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2021, up 52.1% from a year earlier, while revenues grew by a slight 2% on year to NT$177.14 billion (US$6.23 billion).

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 7:28:53 AM
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Largan expects one quarter delay in shipments due to [chip] component shortages
Rebecca Kuo, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES
Friday 9 April 2021

Smartphone-use lens module maker Largan Precision expects delays of at least one month for its shipments due to short supply of CMOS image sensors and application processors, according to company CEO Lin En-ping.

Lin said the sensor supply chain has even been forced to suspend production for some high-resolution models.

But the delays in Largan's shipments will not result in changes to its product pricing that has already been set in the contracts with clients, Lin indicated.

Due to the components shortages, Largan expects April consolidated revenues to decline sequentially and the impact will remain in May, Lin said.

While 7P lens modules have been increasingly adopted for smartphone models, 8P models require stricter technological specifications for the time being, Lin noted, adding 9P ones are in design-in process but may not be adopted in 2021, Lin indicated.

Largan has begun shipping automotive lens modules in small volumes and will increase shipments if gross margins rise to reasonable levels, Lin said.

Of lens modules shipped in the first quarter, 20-megapixel and above models accounted for 20-30%; 10- to below 20-megapixel, 50-60%; 8- to below 10-megapixel, 0-10%; and below 8-megapixel, 10-20%.

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 7:37:03 AM
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Backend houses see order visibility for CIS, sensor chips through 4Q21
Julian Ho, Taipei; Willis Ke, DIGITIMES
Friday 9 April 2021

Backend houses continue to enjoy strong demand for processing IP camera chips and CMOS image sensor (CIS) chips, with their order visibility clear through the fourth quarter of 2021, according to industry sources.


Strong sensor demand to buoy suppliers in 2021
Julian Ho, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
Wednesday 7 April 2021

Demand for CMOS image sensor (CIS) and other sensors is set to be robust this year, driven by a surge in demand for video conferencing, security surveillance and automotive electronics applications, and benefiting related suppliers, according to indsutry...

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 7:45:27 AM
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IC and material distributors to embrace strong profit growth in 2021
Julian Ho, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES
Friday 9 April 2021

Taiwan-based IC and material distributors are expected to see their profit growths this year outperform revenue increases, as shortages of IC parts and materials are sending prices up, according to industry sources.

Companies including Answer Technology (ANStek), Edom Technology, GMI Technology, Supreme Electronics, Sunnic Technology & Merchandise, WPG and WT Microelectronics are among the beneficiaries of the ongoing chip and materials shortfalls, the sources said.

Robust RF chip demand for 5G and Wi-Fi 6 related device applications is set to buoy revenues at WPG, WT Micro and Edom, as well as ANStek with its newly-added Qorvo RF product line, in 2021, the sources noted.

GMI, which distributes the majority of Realtek Semiconductor's chip offerings including Wi-Fi core chips, is also poised to enjoy a strong 2021, the sources continued.

With the supply of memory chips becoming tight, Supreme is set to benefit from a rally in memory chip prices this year, the sources said. Supreme sells memory chips mainly for South Korea-based vendors.

Sunnic, which distributes CMOS image sensors for Sony, is also expected to generate handsome profits this year driven by strong CIS demand for not only smartphones but also automotive electronics and security control applications, the sources indicated.

In addition, semiconductor material distributors including Topco Scientific, Topco Technologies and Wahlee Industrial, and IC packaging materials distributor Niching Industrial are all poised to post impressive profit increases in 2021, when their suppliers such as Shin-Etsu and Sumitomo Bakelite propose price hikes.

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From: BeenRetired4/9/2021 7:52:11 AM
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AUO sales rise [~50% on year] in March
Rodney Chan, DIGITIMES, Taipei
Friday 9 April 2021

AU Optronics (AUO) has reported consolidated revenue of NT$30.72 billion (US$1.08 billion) for March 2021, up by 20.0% on month and 49.8% on year.

Consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2021 came to NT$82.94 billion, up by 3.0% sequentially and 54.5% on year,said the Taiwan-based panel maker.

Panel area shipments totaled around 2.21 million square meters in March 2021, up by 10.1% month-over-month, disclsed AUO.

First-quarter 2021 panel area shipments reached around 6.35 million square meters, down by 6.3% quarter-over-quarter but up by 15.2% year-over-year, said AUO.


AUO to create 1,500 new jobs in 2021
Rebecca Kuo, Tainan; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES
Wednesday 17 March 2021

LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) will recruit an additional 1,500 employees in 2021 as part of its efforts to enhance its development and deployment in advanced technology, AI, AIoT, big data and other across-domain applications.

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