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Monday 12th September 2016 Loaders updated for Raspberry Pi (ARMhf) and ARMel

We have added support for PHP7 and updated loaders for ARMhf (Raspberry Pi and other boards) and ARMel platforms. Please download new loaders from our web site or click here to use our online  loader assistant to know the loader you need for your system and how to install it. (The loader assistant assumes ARMhf if ARM platform is detected. If you need loaders for ARMel, please download from our website).  
 
 

Posted on September 12th 2016 at 11:09pm by Alexander
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Labels: arm, php7, raspberry

Thursday 11th September 2014 Loaders updated up to version 10.1.3

If you are using version 10 of SourceGuardian, please update your loaders. The following issues were fixed in the version 10.1.3 of loaders:
 
- try/catch issues on PHP 5.0.x-5.2.x (there were no issues for newer versions of PHP). Fixed.
- customer session handler that extends standard SessionHandler class was causing the encoded php scripts to fail on exit (on session write & close). Fixed.
 
Loaders were updated for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.
 
We also updated loaders for embedded Linux solutions running on ARM:
- Linux ARMel platform
- Linux ARMhf platform including RaspberryPi, BeagleBoard, CubieBoard and more 
 
And finally we updated loaders for HP-UX IA64:
- HP-UX Itanium (IA64) 32-bit
- HP-UX Itanium (IA64) 64-bit
 
Support of SourceGuardian 10 and PHP 5.6 were added.
 
Please download updated loaders from our loaders page.

Posted on September 11th 2014 at 12:58pm by Alex
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Labels: 10, 10.1.3, arm, hp-ux, hpux

Friday 20th December 2013 Facebook Porting PHP VM to ARM Architecture

Facebook is arguably one of the most well-known websites in the world. With over a billion active user accounts (despite some disagreements over how many of those are fake accounts), Facebook is also one of the largest PHP deployments in the world - if not the absolute largest. A custom written virtual machine dubbed the 'Hip Hop Virtual Machine' translates Facebook's PHP code into 64-bit x86 instructions for various kinds of heavy-duty server-side computation.
Naturally, though, they're interested in ensuring that they have the best possible setup on the back-end, and the up and coming ARM architecture has a number of advantages over x86 processors for massively scaled server setups like Facebook uses. Interestingly enough, Google, who uses a mixture of AJAX and Python for their heavy lifting as also interested in experimenting with the ARM processor architecture.

For Facebook, however, the primary concern is not being locked into a monoculture of processors as various implementations of the technology evolves. They're hoping to adjust the Hip Hop Virtual Machine to be as architecture independant as possible, although their most realistic timeframes don't see a complete switch for several years.

The ARM processor architecture is extremely attractive for any large web-based service, as it's far more power-efficient than a comparable x86 server farm setup. When you have a massive number of servers the way Facebook does - estimated in 2012 at just under 200,000 - power bills are one of your major concerns, and the ability to adopt newer, more power efficient architectures is extremely appealing.

While Facebook is remaining relatively quiet about the entire process, you can look at a far more technical explanation of their plans at their Hip Hop Virtual Machine blog here. If you're a highly-skilled PHP developer who is also very familiar with the ARM server architecture, you might even consider applying for the job!

Posted on December 20th 2013 at 10:36pm
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Labels: arm, facebook, php, servers

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