New runtime for Go functions in Lambda, AWS Glue 2.0 in GA – There are some very cool announcements this week, including a new runtime for Go functions in Lambda, AWS Glue version 2 is now in general availability, Amazon Forecast now uses convolutional neural networks.
You can now develop your Lambda functions using Go on Amazon Linux 2, which is the latest generation operating system from AWS. And Go is one of the most popular programming languages around at the moment. And of course it’s used at Google where it was invented, but it’s also widely used by cutting edge companies like Netflix, Twitter, Uber, and Dropbox. So with this new announcement, your Go applications running in Lambda can now benefit from all the latest features of Amazon Linux 2 including performance, stability and security enhancements.
Amazon Forecast now uses convolutional neural networks. And if you haven’t heard of Forecast, it’s a service which uses machine learning technology to generate demand forecasts for inventory and workforce planning, as well as energy demands and cloud infrastructure usage. And it’s a fully managed service. So you don’t even need to know anything about machine learning in order to use it. So with this new announcement, they are now using convolutional neural networks, which allows you to train the models up to two times faster and with up to 30% greater accuracy.
And this is the same technology used by amazon.com to predict demand of more than 400 million products every single day. AWS Glue version 2 is now in general availability. And if you haven’t used Glue before, it’s a fully managed ETL, or extract transform and load service, which uses Apache Spark. And it allows you to prepare and load your data for analytics.
And this new version features 10 times faster start times for Spark ETL jobs per second billing, and a minimum billing duration of one minute reduced from 10 minutes. So this means that you can run smaller jobs much faster as well as more cost effectively. And in addition to this, you can now also stop and restart your Glue workflows, which until this week was not possible.
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