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3/20/2018
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7 Spectre/Meltdown Symptoms That Might Be Under Your Radar

The Spectre/Meltdown pair has a set of major effects on computing but there are impacts on the organization that IT leaders might not have considered in the face of the immediate problem.
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Feature Delay
The nature of the Meltdown/Spectre combination means that there aren't any apps or services that can be coded so well that they're immune. And the fixes that have come from Intel, so far, impose a performance penalty that ranges from significant to 'wow.'
As a result of the performance hit that comes from security (a performance hit that can be as much as 54% for certain functions), companies may hold off on some of the newer features and functions that depend on the kind of unfettered CPU cycles that seem set to go on forever. Instead, software development resources can be focused on boosting application performance on the newly limited CPUs.
It's hoped that full attention can go back to CPU-intensive features when the issue is resolved in a future generation of CPUs, but until then, don't be surprised if the march to fuller feature sets is delayed by the rising waters of Meltdown and Spectre.
(Image: aitoff, via Pixabay)

Feature Delay

The nature of the Meltdown/Spectre combination means that there aren't any apps or services that can be coded so well that they're immune. And the fixes that have come from Intel, so far, impose a performance penalty that ranges from significant to "wow."

As a result of the performance hit that comes from security (a performance hit that can be as much as 54% for certain functions), companies may hold off on some of the newer features and functions that depend on the kind of unfettered CPU cycles that seem set to go on forever. Instead, software development resources can be focused on boosting application performance on the newly limited CPUs.

It's hoped that full attention can go back to CPU-intensive features when the issue is resolved in a future generation of CPUs, but until then, don't be surprised if the march to fuller feature sets is delayed by the rising waters of Meltdown and Spectre.

(Image: aitoff, via Pixabay)

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