What’s the point: CUDA, PyCharm, CLion, IoTDB, Instana, Spring Tools, and OpenShift

What's the point

Version 11.1 of Nvidia’s parallel computing platform and GPU programming model CUDA is now available, fitting the project with support for the recently released RTX-30 series and enhancing compatibility across minor CUDA releases. 

Just three months after the last major release, the update provides a couple of CUDA Graph enhancements, unified programming models for async-copy, async-pipeline, and async-barrier, and a way to “configure and query the per-context time slice duration for a GPU via nvidia-smi”.

JetBrains’ Python and C/C++ IDEs goes into final feedback round

PyCharm 2020.3 is on track for availability soon, so JetBrains has started the early access program for the next iteration of its Python IDE. Users who want to get their final say in, are now able to download an EAP version and provide feedback on new additions such as configurable structural search and replace filters, syntax highlighting for inner functions, or the Data View tools window.

C/C++ developers meanwhile can now take CLion 2020.3 EAP for a spin. Amongst other things, the upcoming release will help improve code quality by providing MISRA checks and an integration for CTest. A new action to allow users to start code execution from any line of code during the debugging process, and the use of clangd snippets for code completions are part of the package as well.

Apache Software Foundation project pool keeps growing


After two years in the foundation’s incubator, internet of things database IoTDB has been announced a top-level project of the Apache Software Foundation. The university bred project promises to “meet the rigorous data, storage, and analytics requirements of large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications”. This is mostly realised via a time series optimised, compact columnar data file, and a database engine fitted for important operations such as aggregation queries, down-sampling, and time alignment queries. The database’s best known users include Lenovo and the Shanghai Metro.

Instana bulks up on SLO handling

Instana has made good use of the currently running DevOps World conference by announcing some new additions to its application performance monitoring product. The APM tool now comes with a service level configuration wizard and new dashboards to visualise SLOs, SLIs, and error budgets. It also includes some helpers to set up and change what it calls application perspective, a set of filters to help users only see areas of interest to them.

Spring Tools team renders Eclipse distro Docker-ready

The team behind Spring Tools, a collection of tools for developing with the Java application framework, has released v4.8 into the wild. Especially those using it with Eclipse will find some major changes in the new version, since it now ships with an embedded JDK12 runtime for better usability and Docker tooling by default.

OpenShift Container Storage finally hits 4.5

OpenShift 4.5 has been available for a while already, now the container storage component of the platform has hit that release number as well. Red Hat used the update to introduce an external mode to expose “the Red Hat Ceph Storage services running outside of the OpenShift Container Platform cluster as storage classes”. This can be useful in cases where storage clusters are meant to consume storage services from a common external cluster.

Other enhancements are support for proxy environments and air-gap disconnected environments, configurable container storage interface ports, and the use of FIPS validated cryptographic modules.

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