Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine continues to help software and platforms outside of the social network drastically increase their speeds, as WP Engine, a software-as-a-service content-management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress, became the latest company to tout the virtues of HHVM.
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.
How did Facebook manipulate the Hive storage format to enable it to deal with a data warehouse that stores some 300 petabytes and takes in about 600 terabytes per day? RCFile (record-columnar file format) wasn’t enough, so enter ORCFile.
How is Facebook able to quickly process the sort of queries about users and their friends generated by features such as Graph Search, despite the fact that the relevant data may be stored on several different servers? Software Engineers Alessandro Presta and Alon Shalita offered an example of how the social network uses graph-processing system Apache Giraph to handle those tasks in a post on its engineering blog.