Facebook is experimenting with ways for security-conscious users to access the social network via Tor, and Alec Muffett, a software engineer for security infrastructure in the company’s London office, described the process in a note on the Protect the Graph page.
Areas where Facebook has data centers – Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C. — have received community action grants from the social network, and Altoona, Iowa, is next up, as the social network announced in a post on its Altoona Data Center page that the deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 15.
Facebook announced at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco Monday that it is open-sourcing mcrouter, a memcached protocol router that it uses to handle all traffic to, from and between thousands of cache servers across dozens of clusters distributed in the social network’s data centers.
Facebook teamed up with Boston Consulting Group to release a study in June on how its data center in Luleå, Sweden, is impacting the local economy, and the social network undertook a similar venture with RTI International to measure the economic effects of its data center in Forest City, N.C.
Facebook’s energy-conservation efforts aren’t limited to the hardware at its data centers: The social network aims to make its software infrastructure more energy-efficient, as well, and one of the ways it is doing so is via Autoscale, a system for power-efficient load balancing.
Facebook announced the acquisition of secure server technology provider PrivateCore Thursday in a post by Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, in which Sullivan said PrivateCore’s vCage technology will eventually be incorporated into the social network’s server stack.