PORTLAND, Maine — Maine fishermen began several weeks of taking to rivers and streams to fish for baby eels Friday, which marked the start of a high-stakes season harvesters hope isn’t interrupted by poaching concerns as it was a year ago.Fishermen in Maine use nets to harvest baby eels, called elvers, to feed demand from Asian aquaculture companies, who use them as seed stock.The tiny eels are the source of one of the most valuable fisheries in the country on a per-pound basis, and they were worth a record of more than $2,300 per pound last year. Maine’s home to the only significant elver fishery in the country.Last year’s season was shut down two weeks early by state regulators after investigators found that illegal sales had caused Maine to blow past its quota for the eels. New controls on the fishery are expected to clamp down on clandestine sales, and the use of a swipe card system to record transactions remains in effect.Darrell Young, co-director of the Maine Elver Fishermen Association, said the health of the fishery also depends on members of the industry “behaving themselves” this time around.“Buyers wanted to find their way around the swipe cards. They just made it harder for everybody else,” Young said.The elvers are raised to maturity in aquaculture facilities so they can be used as food, such as kabayaki, which is a skewered, filleted cut of the fish. Most of the world’s eel is produced in China, and the fish is especially popular as food in Japan. Some of the elvers harvested in Maine eventually come back to the United States for use in sushi restaurants.An interstate fishing commission set the quota at 9,688 pounds. That was about the amount of elvers Maine fishermen harvested in 2014, when regulators decided to tighten controls on the fishery. The quota had previously been more than 2,000 pounds higher.The elver fishing season has the ability to run until June 7, but it ends earlier if fishermen tap out the quota before then.Elver fishing sometimes begins slowly and heats up in April and May because fishermen need rivers and streams to thaw before they can fish.American elvers became especially valuable in the early 2010s, when other country’s eel fisheries faltered. They’ve been worth anywhere from $875 to $2,366 per pound since.Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press
BEIJING — Asian stock markets were mostly lower while oil prices surged for a second day Monday following reports Washington wants to block Iranian exports.Tokyo’s benchmark edged up while Shanghai, Seoul and India retreated. Hong Kong and Sydney were closed for the holiday.On Wall Street, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended a shortened trading week Thursday snapping a winning streak of three weekly gains.Investors looked ahead to U.S. quarterly gross domestic product due out Friday. Also this week, the United States reports new home sales Tuesday while Japan announces factory output on Friday.“The broad expectation is for U.S. indices to grind higher,” said Jingyi Pan of IG Markets in a report.“However, with prices nearing all-time highs, some sense of caution may be bound to set in,” Pan said. “Earnings and the first reading of U.S. Q1 GDP at the end of the week would be key for markets.”Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index rose 12 points to 22,213.37 and Seoul’s Kospi gained 0.1% to 2,218.47. The Shanghai Composite Index sank 1.4% to 3,250.91.Benchmarks in Taiwan and Singapore rose while Jakarta retreated.On Thursday, the S&P 500 gained 0.2% to 2,905.03 before closing for Good Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4% to 26,559.54. The Nasdaq composite added less than 0.1% to 7,998.06.Oil prices rose following news reports the Trump administration will tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they import oil from Iran.Washington wants to step up pressure on Tehran by cutting of export revenue, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.If successful, that could boost demand for supplies from U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but would heighten political tensions.“The big fear now and perhaps the markets’ next significant catalyst, will Iran retaliate with force?” said Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management in a report.Benchmark U.S. crude surged $1.55 to $65.62 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.20 on Friday to close at $64.07. Brent crude, used to price international oils, soared $1.79 to $73.76 per barrel in London. It gained 35 cents the previous session to $71.97.CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 111.94 yen from Friday’s 111.91 yen. The euro declined to $1.1239 from $1.1245.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
For just the third time in Canadian history, a state funeral was held for someone who was not a prime minister, governor general or sitting cabinet minister. But after this afternoon’s funeral for Jim Flaherty, no one doubted the appropriateness of him receiving the honour.Taz Boga was co-anchoring our live coverage of the funeral and has some of the touching memories and moments from the mass.
CALGARY – An energy industry group wants $500 million in federal infrastructure funding to clean up inactive oil and gas wells.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada says its members don’t typically ask for government money.The group also acknowledges that it’s a company’s responsibility to decommission wells that are no longer producing.But PSAC CEO Mark Salkeld says these aren’t normal times, with investment plunging and tens of thousands of people in the industry laid off.“Companies are suffering and they’re having to make those hard decisions on laying off people,” Salkeld said. “We let a lot of people go last year. We’re letting a lot of people go again now. It’s very, very difficult and this is an opportunity to keep those people, keep all that training and money we spent on the intellectual capital and keep them here in Alberta and keep them working.”Salkeld calls the proposal a win-win — putting member companies back to work while addressing an environmental challenge.“We’re loathed to ask for bailouts in this industry. This is about putting people to work and there (are) wins (here),” Salkeld added. “The federal and the provincial government and our people win because we’re back to work paying corporate tax, the fuel tax, the personal tax. So, it’s a little bit of incentive.”PSAC says as of January of this year, Alberta had more than 75,000 inactive wells that needed to be decommissioned and the sums being requested would cover a fraction of that work.———Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter Oil and gas group asks for federal funds to clean up inactive wells freeimages.com by The Canadian Press with files from 660 NEWS staff Posted Mar 14, 2016 2:26 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 3:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Imagine how cool it would be if you could ride a bicycle in the air. A group of students at the University of Maryland have created something that will do just that: a human-powered helicopter. Though it’s not yet at the point where it can be taken for a leisurely Sunday ride/flight, it is breaking world records.The students built the human-powered helicopter, named the Gamera, in hopes to win the American Helicopter Society’s $250,000 Sikorsky Prize which was established in 1980 to reward the first controlled flight of a human-powered helicopter. To date, it has yet to be won. To win the reward, the helicopter must stay in flight for 1 minute and reach an altitude of 9.8 feet while staying in a 32.8-foot square area.The University of Maryland team created the Gamera, and although they’ve broken several world records with it, they have yet to reach the level of the coveted Sikorsky Prize.Featured in the video below is biology student Judy Wexler, the pilot of the Gamera who just broke the national record for longest human-powered flight. The previous record was four seconds, but Wexler stayed in flight for 12 seconds this time around. Not only that, but Wexler broke the world record for the longest human-powered flight by a woman. And, after watching her pedal in the video below, we’re sure you’ll agree that she deserved it.The record-breaking event almost didn’t happen as the Gamera had a damaging crash the night before the record was to be set. This resulted in something that college kids do best: pulling an all-nighter. The engineering team repaired the helicopter over night, and everything went off without a hitch the following day.The X-shaped Gamera is made from balsa wood, foam, mylar, and carbon fiber, and weighs just 210 pounds. Its arms are 60 feet long, and a 42-foot rotor is attached to each of them. These turn to lift the helicopter off of the ground as the pilot pedals with both her legs and arms.The team plans to continue remodeling and rebuilding it until they’re able to reach the Sikorsky Prize level.via Inhabitat
OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy this week in a residential area near MiraCosta College brought about the lethal use of force by pulling a gun on the lawman, a police spokesman said Thursday.The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon following a road chase that began in Vista and ended in a neighborhood north of state Route 78 and east of College Boulevard in Oceanside, said Gabe Jimenez, a sergeant with the latter’s city’s police department.Abandoning his car in the 3100 block of Camarillo Avenue, the fleeing man — a suspect in a hit-and-run crash — ran off, and a deputy got out of his cruiser and gave chase on foot, Jimenez said. Moments later, the suspect allegedly pulled a pistol, prompting the patrolman to open fire on him.The suspect collapsed in the front yard of a home and died. His name and that of the deputy have not yet been made public.No other injuries were reported.A woman who had been riding in the suspect’s car during the pursuit was detained for questioning and then released, the sergeant said. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: MiraCosta College, Oceanside, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Shooting FacebookTwitter Man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy near MiraCosta College pulled out gun December 21, 2017
RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Load More Slower sales of electronic gaming equipment saw Macau-based Paradise Entertainment Ltd suffer a 6.3% year-on-year decline in revenue and 39.4% fall in Adjusted EBITDA for the three months to 31 March 2019.Paradise reported revenue of HK$288.9 million for the period, with just HK$30.6 million coming from EGMs compared with HK$50.8 million in the prior year period. As a result, segment Adjusted EBITDA fell from a profit of HK$13.8 million to a loss of HK$4.0 million. RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Paradise had previously benefited from the installation of terminals at MGM Cotai ahead of its opening in the first quarter of 2018.Revenue from the two casinos Paradise operates – Waldo and Kam Pek Paradise – climbed ever so slightly in 1Q19 to HK$258.3 million with Adjusted EBITDA at HK$42.3 million.Waldo was the standout performer in terms of growth, where GGR climbed 18.8% to HK$131.6 million, while Kam Pek Paradise fell 5.5% to HK$334.9 million.
Arriva, Nottingham City Council (pictured) and OpenBet are among the organisations shortlisted for the Best voluntary benefits award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.This award celebrates the most effective use of a voluntary benefits plan within an organisation, including staff deals that are available for employees.The full category shortlist is:Arriva, The Village (Entered by Reward Gateway)Home Group, Reward Scene (Entered by Edenred)Nottingham City Council, Works Perks (Entered by P&MM Employee Benefits)OpenBet (Entered by Portus Consulting)Sunrise Senior Living, Your Choices – Employee Discount Programme LaunchThe winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on Friday 3 June 2016.Keep up with all the action on the day by following @EmployeeBenefit, and join in the conversation using #EBAwards.See the full shortlist.Find out more or book your table.
Mouni RoyInstagramIf you think the climate is hot today, think twice because Mouni Roy has just made a statement to prove you all wrong. The sexy lady has just slipped into a neon bikini by a swimming pool and trust us, there ain’t nobody hotter than Mouni.Sharing a picturesque image from a resort, Mouni was seen sitting by the pool flaunting her washboard abs and toned figure. She wore a denim jacket over the neon bikini and was seen striking her favourite pose wherein she runs her fingers through her hair which makes your heart skip a beat.”It’s hot outside and we were listening to a new song indoors or was it a poem , ummm I forget! Dizzy dizzy!” Mouni Roy, who never fails to awestruck her fans with her hot and sexy pictures on Instagram, captioned the image. Mouni RoyInstagramMouni, who made her a beautiful transition from TV into films, will be next seen in Ayan Mukerji’s directorial Brahmastra alongside Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. Post Naagin 2, Mouni made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar starrer Gold and was recently seen in RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter alongside John Abraham.She had impressed everyone with a special dance number Gali Gali Mein for KGF Chapter 1 and took everyone’s breath away with her sensuous moves in the song which also featured Kannada actor Yash who played the role of protagonist in the film.
By Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFROThe 2018 National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention started off with a bang in the city of Norfolk, as the organization spearheaded their theme “Sustaining, Engaging and Mobilizing Black Communities.Supporting the week-long conference held June 26-June 30, Norfolk’s first Black Mayor, Kenneth Alexander, issued a proclamation in the area, declaring it “Black Press of America Week.”Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. accepts the 2018 NNPA Lifetime Legacy Award during the 2018 NNPA Lifetime Legacy Award Black Tie Gala in Norfolk, Va. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)“I, Kenneth Alexander, mayor of the city of Norfolk, do hereby proclaim June 26-June 30, 2018 as ‘Black Press of America Week’ in the city of Norfolk, encouraging all citizens to recognize the National Newspaper Publishers Association for its monumental achievement and historic role in reshaping and diversifying the print media industry,” the proclamation read.In addition to the mayor’s decree, eager convention attendees and publishers awaited the coveted Merit Awards—an evening of elegance dedicated to recognizing individual newspapers, publishers and other staff members for excellence in journalism, with high awards. This year the big winners included the Miami Times, who took home 12 Merit Awards, the Birmingham Times, which won the John H. Sengstacke Award for General Excellence Award and again the Miami Times, who also earned an award in the General Excellence category that focused on the number of points earned throughout the ceremony. The AFRO was honored for its online presence, particularly its revamped website, as well as Best Editorial Cartoon.The North Dallas Gazette earned first place in the Robert S. Abbott Best Editorial Award and the Washington Informer and Final Call, took home second and third place awards in the same category.Other winners included the Chicago Crusader, Seattle Medium, Los Angeles Sentinel, Houston Defender, the New Tri-State Defender, Richmond Free Press, the New Journal and Guide, the Atlanta Voice, the Indianapolis Recorder, and Insight News.“We are all winners, even if you didn’t hear your name called,” Amelia Ashley-Ward, NNPA Foundation chair and publisher of the San Francisco Sun-Reporter, said. “When one of us wins, we all wins.”Rounding out the evening, the foundation also awarded 21 scholarships to dynamic Black scholars, furthering their education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Closing out the auspicious week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr, was gifted the NNPA Lifetime Legacy Award—the highest honor presented by the organization.Celebrating the legendary activist, Jackson received his award for his decades of service as one of the country’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures.“This honor takes on a special meaning for me because my first job was selling the Norfolk Journal and Guide newspaper and then the Baltimore AFRO American and then the Pittsburgh Courier,” Jackson said. “We couldn’t see the other side of Jackie Robinson. We couldn’t see the other side of Sugar Ray Robinson, but the Black Press was there.”
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROBaltimore Ex-Officio Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young announced the replacement of Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) President and CEO April 15.Colin D. Tarbert, IV will succeed William H. Cole, IV.Tarbert, a 13-year veteran of city government, previously served as deputy mayor to Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. His previous experience with BDC includes positions as Inner Harbor coordinator and senior economic development officer.Baltimore Ex-Officio Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young. (Courtesy Photo)“Colin is well prepared for this role,” Young stated in a press release. “He has been intimately involved in every major project in Baltimore over the last decade and has led several key initiatives over two different administrations. BDC is very well positioned in his capable hands.”Cole, a former city councilman, held the BDC president and CEO position since 2014.Young’s statement credited Cole with the creation of Business Recovery Loans and Storefront Recovery Grants, through BDC. The financial instruments were touted by BDC as a means of relief to businesses damaged during the Uprising following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.“Bill has been a tremendous leader, promoting the City while growing jobs and investment during his time at BDC,” Young stated. “His energy and commitment to the city is unwavering. Even though he is leaving BDC, I know he will continue serve the citizens of Baltimore.”“The BDC Board is grateful to Bill for his many years of service to the City of Baltimore. His tireless advocacy, leadership through challenging situations, and optimism for our City will be missed,” Augie Chiasera, BDC Board Chair, said of the change in leadership. “At the same time, we know that Colin is the right person to lead us forward. He has worked closely with Bill for many years and has played an integral role in every major project. Colin simply knows how to get things done and we are very excited about the future of BDC.”Cole is the second high-ranking official to vacate his city post while Mayor Catherine Pugh continues to take an indefinite leave of absence.The first to step down was Jim Smith, a lender to the Pugh campaign and Chief of Strategic Alliances.While the mayor remains out of office, the members city council (except Young) and the Greater Baltimore Committee have called for her resignation in light of revelations coming from the Healthy Holly scandal.Tarbert is still named as a deputy in the same Strategic Alliances office as Smith, according to the the Mayor’s Office website.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Textiles (IC), gave away the prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards for the best display of stands in various categories at the 39th edition of the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (Spring) on February 22. Sanjay Kumar, IAS, Special Secretary, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Vinod Johari, President of IHGF (Spring), Vice Presidents Shahnawaz Khan and Vishal Bohra, Rakesh Kumar, Chairman of India Expo Centre and Mart and Executive Director – EPCH and Lekhraj Maheshwari, Chairman- EPCH were also present during the ceremony. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards were instituted in the memory of late Ajay Shankar, former Development Commissioner (handicrafts) who was one of the major motivators for establishing this fair. The awards were conferred in six product categories. While giving away the awards the minister congratulated all the awardees for receiving the awards and appreciated their excellent workmanship. He further said that handicrafts sector is the second largest sector after agriculture and Government has plans to give boost to this sector. He also informed the gathering that Ministry of Textiles has urged the Prime Minister of India to attach MGNREGA with the handicrafts sector so that artisans and craftpersons can be directly benefitted and their conditions of livelihood can be improved. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe said that while there’s strong competition from neighbouring countries including China, the Indian handicrafts sector has its own distinct identity and place in the world market. The minister was of the view that handicrafts sector is likely to receive very good support in the next budget.Over 3800 buyers including over 900 buying agents from 60 countries have been registered during the first two days of the show. Impressive numbers come from USA(469), Canada (141), Israel (42), Germany (215), Sweden (148), UK (230), Russia (25), Australia (146), Japan (196), China (53), Denmark (73), South Africa (72), Brazil (25) and Argentina (15).
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 4, 2015 If I saw one of these flying overhead, I’d much sooner duck and call animal control than think I was being surveilled. But this is no living animal.A team of engineering professors at the University of Illinois are working on a fully autonomous drone like you’ve never seen before. It looks and flies just like a living bat. No joke. Bats were the inspiration behind the architecture of these drones because of “their unrivaled agility and maneuverability during flight,” the university says.“When a bat flaps its wings, it’s like a rubber sheet,” professor Seth Hutchinson said on the school’s website. “It fills up with air and deforms. And then when the wing gets to the end of its motion, that rubber wing pushes the air out when it springs back into place. So you get this big amplification of power that comes just from the fact you are using flexible membranes inside the wing itself.”Related: What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway?In other words, it’s a drone that’s equal parts powerful and power efficient. The professors say their bat drones should have longer battery power than traditional quadcopter drones “because of their ability flap and glide instead of relying on constantly rotating propellers.”Take a look at the drones in action. They’re fascinating and, despite the upbeat music in the video, also a little frightening.OK, so people are creating bat drones. Now what? The professors plan on using the bats to monitor progress on construction sites.“Building construction projects are complicated, and rarely do they happen the way they are intended to happen,” Hutchinson said. “Keeping track of whether the building is being put together the right way at the right time is not trivial. So the bats would fly around, pay attention, and compare the building information model to the actual building that’s being constructed.”Related: Senators Push Bill to Legalize Commercial DronesThe professors believe their robo-bats could also someday be used for delivering packages, should such regulations be passed.Between drones that fly like bats and robots that run like cheetahs, well, what’s next? If you don’t believe me about the cheetah thing, see what I mean here. It’s crazy stuff.Related: These Giant Robotic Ants Could One Day Replace Factory Workers 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
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In the last decade, we saw a significant shift in how modern, internet-scale applications are being built. Cloud computing (infrastructure as a service) and containerization technologies (popularized by Docker) enabled a new breed of distributed system designs commonly referred to as microservices (and their next incarnation, FaaS). Successful companies like Twitter and Netflix have been able to leverage them to build highly scalable, efficient, and reliable systems, and to deliver more features faster to their customers. In this article we explain the concept of observability in microservices, its challenges and traditional monitoring tools in microservices. This article is an extract taken from the book Mastering Distributed Tracing, written by Yuri Shkuro. This book will equip you to operate and enhance your own tracing infrastructure. Through practical exercises and code examples, you will learn how end-to-end tracing can be used as a powerful application performance management and comprehension tool. While there is no official definition of microservices, a certain consensus has evolved over time in the industry. Martin Fowler, the author of many books on software design, argues that microservices architectures exhibit the following common characteristics: Componentization via (micro)services Smart endpoints and dumb pipes Organized around business capabilities Decentralized governance Decentralized data management Infrastructure automation Design for failure Evolutionary design Because of the large number of microservices involved in building modern applications, rapid provisioning, rapid deployment via decentralized continuous delivery, strict DevOps practices, and holistic service monitoring are necessary to effectively develop, maintain, and operate such applications. The infrastructure requirements imposed by the microservices architectures spawned a whole new area of development of infrastructure platforms and tools for managing these complex cloud-native applications. In 2015, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) was created as a vendor-neutral home for many emerging open source projects in this area, such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, Linkerd, and so on, with a mission to “make cloud-native computing ubiquitous.” Read more on Honeycomb CEO Charity Majors discusses observability and dealing with “the coming armageddon of complexity” [Interview] What is observability? The term “observability” in control theory states that the system is observable if the internal states of the system and, accordingly, its behavior, can be determined by only looking at its inputs and outputs. At the 2018 Observability Practitioners Summit, Bryan Cantrill, the CTO of Joyent and one of the creators of the tool dtrace, argued that this definition is not practical to apply to software systems because they are so complex that we can never know their complete internal state, and therefore the control theory’s binary measure of observability is always zero (I highly recommend watching his talk on YouTube: https://youtu.be/U4E0QxzswQc). Instead, a more useful definition of observability for a software system is its “capability to allow a human to ask and answer questions”. The more questions we can ask and answer about the system, the more observable it is. Figure 1: The Twitter debate There are also many debates and Twitter zingers about the difference between monitoring and observability. Traditionally, the term monitoring was used to describe metrics collection and alerting. Sometimes it is used more generally to include other tools, such as “using distributed tracing to monitor distributed transactions.” The definition by Oxford dictionaries of the verb “monitor” is “to observe and check the progress or quality of (something) over a period of time; keep under systematic review.” However, it is better scoped to describing the process of observing certain a priori defined performance indicators of our software system, such as those measuring an impact on the end-user experience, like latency or error counts, and using their values to alert us when these signals indicate an abnormal behavior of the system. Metrics, logs, and traces can all be used as a means to extract those signals from the application. We can then reserve the term “observability” for situations when we have a human operator proactively asking questions that were not predefined. As Bryan Cantrill put it in his talk, this process is debugging, and we need to “use our brains when debugging.” Monitoring does not require a human operator; it can and should be fully automated. “If you want to talk about (metrics, logs, and traces) as pillars of observability–great. The human is the foundation of observability!” — BryanCantrill In the end, the so-called “three pillars of observability” (metrics, logs, and traces) are just tools, or more precisely, different ways of extracting sensor data from the applications. Even with metrics, the modern time series solutions like Prometheus, InfluxDB, or Uber’s M3 are capable of capturing the time series with many labels, such as which host emitted a particular value of a counter. Not all labels may be useful for monitoring, since a single misbehaving service instance in a cluster of thousands does not warrant an alert that wakes up an engineer. But when we are investigating an outage and trying to narrow down the scope of the problem, the labels can be very useful as observability signals. The observability challenge of microservices By adopting microservices architectures, organizations are expecting to reap many benefits, from better scalability of components to higher developer productivity. There are many books, articles, and blog posts written on this topic, so I will not go into that. Despite the benefits and eager adoption by companies large and small, microservices come with their own challenges and complexity. Companies like Twitter and Netflix were successful in adopting microservices because they found efficient ways of managing that complexity. Vijay Gill, Senior VP of Engineering at Databricks, goes as far as saying that the only good reason to adopt microservices is to be able to scale your engineering organization and to “ship the org chart”. So, what are the challenges of this design? There are quite a few: In order to run these microservices in production, we need an advanced orchestration platform that can schedule resources, deploy containers, autoscale, and so on. Operating an architecture of this scale manually is simply not feasible, which is why projects like Kubernetes became so popular. In order to communicate, microservices need to know how to find each other on the network, how to route around problematic areas, how to perform load balancing, how to apply rate limiting, and so on. These functions are delegated to advanced RPC frameworks or external components like network proxies and service meshes. Splitting a monolith into many microservices may actually decrease reliability. Suppose we have 20 components in the application and all of them are required to produce a response to a single request. When we run them in a monolith, our failure modes are restricted to bugs and potentially a crush of the whole server running the monolith. But if we run the same components as microservices, on different hosts and separated by a network, we introduce many more potential failure points, from network hiccups, to resource constraints due to noisy neighbors. The latency may also increase. Assume each microservice has 1 ms average latency, but the 99th percentile is 1s. A transaction touching just one of these services has a 1% chance to take ≥ 1s. A transaction touching 100 of these services has 1 – (1 – 0.01)100 = 63% chance to take ≥ 1s. Finally, the observability of the system is dramatically reduced if we try to use traditional monitoring tools. When we see that some requests to our system are failing or slow, we want our observability tools to tell us the story about what happens to that request. Traditional monitoring tools Traditional monitoring tools were designed for monolith systems, observing the health and behavior of a single application instance. They may be able to tell us a story about that single instance, but they know almost nothing about the distributed transaction that passed through it. These tools “lack the context” of the request. Metrics It goes like this: “Once upon a time…something bad happened. The end.” How do you like this story? This is what the chart in Figure 2 tells us. It’s not completely useless; we do see a spike and we could define an alert to fire when this happens. But can we explain or troubleshoot the problem? Figure 2: A graph of two time series representing (hypothetically) the volume of traffic to a service Metrics, or stats, are numerical measures recorded by the application, such as counters, gauges, or timers. Metrics are very cheap to collect, since numeric values can be easily aggregated to reduce the overhead of transmitting that data to the monitoring system. They are also fairly accurate, which is why they are very useful for the actual monitoring (as the dictionary defines it) and alerting. Yet the same capacity for aggregation is what makes metrics ill-suited for explaining the pathological behavior of the application. By aggregating data, we are throwing away all the context we had about the individual transactions. Logs Logging is an even more basic observability tool than metrics. Every programmer learns their first programming language by writing a program that prints (that is, logs) “Hello, World!” Similar to metrics, logs struggle with microservices because each log stream only tells us about a single instance of a service. However, the evolving programming paradigms creates other problems for logs as a debugging tool. Ben Sigelman, who built Google’s distributed tracing system Dapper, explained it in his KubeCon 2016 keynote talk as four types of concurrency (Figure 3): Figure 3: Evolution of concurrency Years ago, applications like early versions of Apache HTTP Server handled concurrency by forking child processes and having each process handle a single request at a time. Logs collected from that single process could do a good job of describing what happened inside the application. Then came multi-threaded applications and basic concurrency. A single request would typically be executed by a single thread sequentially, so as long as we included the thread name in the logs and filtered by that name, we could still get a reasonably accurate picture of the request execution. Then came asynchronous concurrency, with asynchronous and actor-based programming, executor pools, futures, promises, and event-loop-based frameworks. The execution of a single request may start on one thread, then continue on another, then finish on the third. In the case of event loop systems like Node.js, all requests are processed on a single thread but when the execution tries to make an I/O, it is put in a wait state and when the I/O is done, the execution resumes after waiting its turn in the queue. Both of these asynchronous concurrency models result in each thread switching between multiple different requests that are all in flight. Observing the behavior of such a system from the logs is very difficult, unless we annotate all logs with some kind of unique id representing the request rather than the thread, a technique that actually gets us close to how distributed tracing works. Finally, microservices introduced what we can call “distributed concurrency.” Not only can the execution of a single request jump between threads, but it can also jump between processes, when one microservice makes a network call to another. Trying to troubleshoot request execution from such logs is like debugging without a stack trace: we get small pieces, but no big picture. In order to reconstruct the flight of the request from the many log streams, we need powerful logs aggregation technology and a distributed context propagation capability to tag all those logs in different processes with a unique request id that we can use to stitch those requests together. We might as well be using the real distributed tracing infrastructure at this point! Yet even after tagging the logs with a unique request id, we still cannot assemble them into an accurate sequence, because the timestamps from different servers are generally not comparable due to clock skews. In this article we looked at the concept of observability and some challenges one has to face in microservices. We further discussed traditional monitoring tools for microservices. 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