New Linodes are fast!

In April, 2014 Linode rolled out a major infrastructure upgrade for their VPSes. When I saw that their update included SSDs (among other things) on all new instances, my mind instantly went to this dog-slow Tomcat application I currently have running in an Amazon EC2 m1.medium instance. I bought a shiny new Linode 2048 and […]

Disabling AES-NI on Linux OpenSSL

Ever since the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel CPUs have been coming with hardware-accelerated AES support (aka “AES-NI”, new instructions). I figured it would be interesting see a comparison between AES with and without the hardware acceleration on my Intel Core i5-3317U CPU (Ivy Bridge) on Arch Linux. According to a post on the OpenSSL Users […]