Recession! DevOps Hiring Freeze | Data Centers Suck (Power) | Intel is going to “be” Wi-Fi 7

welcome to The long view– where we go through the week’s news and cut it down to the essentials. let’s work what really matters.

This week: Engineering jobs are being cut, cloud infrastructure is consuming too much power, and Intel’s 802.11be silicon is alive.

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1. DevOps jobs go and hire frozen

First up this week: The steady beat of an impending recession is getting stronger and stronger. Both large and small businesses are adjust their workforce accordingly.

Analysis: 1973 again?

The labor market is changing rapidly. When you hear business leaders like Cook, Musk, and Zuckerberg use phrases like “economic crisis,” “fragile economic environment,” and “one of the worst downturns,” you better listen.

We will always have Martine Paris: Apple and Alphabet are slowing hiring plans, but many other tech players are cutting staff as a potential economic downturn approaches

Increasingly fragile economic environment
As recession fears grow — and inflation, the war in Ukraine and the lingering pandemic take their toll — many tech companies are rethinking their staffing needs. … Here’s a look at the companies that are holding back. …

        • Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google… will slow the pace of hiring for the rest of the year. …
        • Apple Inc. plans to slow hiring and spending… to deal with a potential economic meltdown. …
        • Carvana Co., an online used car retailer, has laid off… 12% of its workforce. …
        • Coinbase Global [cut] 18% of staff [and] canceled job offers…to prepare for an economic downturn. …
        • Compass Inc., a real estate brokerage platform, eliminates… 10%. …
        • Meta Platforms… reduced plans to hire engineers by at least 30%; CEO Mark Zuckerberg [said] it anticipates one of the worst downturns in recent history. …
        • Microsoft Corp. told the workers [it’s] eliminating many job vacancies – a freeze that will last indefinitely. …
        • Netflix… has had several rounds of high-profile layoffs. …
        • Niantic Inc., maker of the Pokemon Go video game, licensee [8%]. …
        • Oracle… is downsizing. …
        • Robinhood Markets Inc., the online brokerage, has ended [9%] in April. …
        • Salesforce…slowed hiring and reduced travel costs. …
        • Shopify Inc., an e-commerce platform, is licensing… 10%. …
        • Spotify … cuts employee growth by about 25% to adjust for macro factors. …
        • Tesla … CEO Elon Musk [said] 10% of employees would lose their jobs… in an increasingly fragile economic environment. …
        • Twitter Inc. launched a hiring freeze and began canceling job postings. …
        • Wayfair Inc., the online furniture retailer, has launched a 90-day hiring freeze.

Yeah. What can we learn from Aline Lerner?

These are uncertain times. … Looks like we’re entering a recession.

One of the hardest things about this is the lack of reliable information that companies are still hiring. …To make sense of a bunch of conflicting information about Google and Facebook hiring freezes…we decided to ask the people outside of Google management who will probably know best what’s going on – the engineers who are interview at these companies right now. …

        • Amazon [is] continue to aggressively hire engineers. …
        • Facebook froze engineering hiring below E7… but there are eng functions still hiring [such as] Machine Learning engineers … Production engineers (devops and/or SRE) [and] Enterprise engineers (work on Facebook’s internal tools and systems). …
        • Google does not extend offers [for now]. Hiring in L3 or “early career” is indeed frozen until next year. … The rest is dark. …different recruiters say different things to people … it feels like decisions are made on a case-by-case basis [but] L5 and above are actively hiring almost in all fields.

Trouble, you say? yuan43 knows why:

Prepare for impact. Both Google and Facebook are advertising companies, so they are closely tied to the economic cycle. When business spending starts to falter, they will feel it first. And they did.

The bubble has been inflating so far for so long…those with less than 10 years of experience have never seen the ferocity on the other side of the business cycle. When it turns, this **** turns. Those in leadership positions have seen it, and they will do everything in their power to deny it and evade it. … It is not surprising that [they] are far from clear on this.

It’s a matter of leadership, says jillesvangurp:

The organization is a reflection of its leadership and vision – or lack thereof. …Google is MS under Ballmer: Failed, deaf, never does anything right. Enter Satya Nadella and suddenly MS re-engages with developers, doing everything that was simply unspeakable before and generally delivering great value for shareholders. Google needs someone like that. The current CEO is not.


2. “Homes, not data centers”, shout the citizens

Cloud distribution centers located near population centers are accused of excluding people from the housing market. Densely populated places such as west London in the UK are feeling the effects as the regional network operator threatens to ban new connections until 2035.

Analysis: ARM and RISC-V could help

The problem is not so much the energy production, but the power Distribution: The existing network cabling is running out of capacity and upgrading it is far from simple. Part of the solution is to create data centers more efficient.

Laurent Leffer: Too many servers could mean no new homes

Data center proliferation
Data centers have caused demand for electricity to soar in parts of London. From now on, the construction of new housing could be prohibited… in certain districts. … Too many data centers consume too much electricity.

Several data centers have been built in and around West London in recent years, particularly along the M4 corridor, which is a major technology hub [for] Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, HP, Sony, Dell, Huawei and others. [But] London is in the throes of a severe housing crisis. The… government has pledged to solve the problem, in part, by building more homes, but these limitations in the electricity infrastructure could make that promise impossible.

Other locations have faced similar network and power supply issues: … The proliferation of data centers has put a strain on Ireland’s power grid in recent years. [And] Cryptocurrency mining has taxed the Texas network.

Is this a job for ARM and its energy efficiency? ShanghaiBill:

If we’re going to make a big move from x86 to more efficient processors in the data center, we should move to RISC-V, not ARM. RISC-V is more efficient and a more modern architecture.

RISC-V has built-in code compression for the non-built-in version. The code is more compact than ARM or x86. Thus, the cache can contain about 30% more code. … Code size is one of the few advantages of CISC over RISC, and with RISC-V even that is gone.

” The sky is falling. Filming at 11 a.m. Here is Scouse Tassel:

This story should be in every newsletter for a week. We head to the waterfall. Without oar.


3. Intel is the latest chipmaker to get Wi-Fi 7

In April, I told you about the launch of Wi-Fi 7 silicon by Broadcom, Mediatek and Qualcomm. Now Intel join the party.

Analysis: Ideal in densely populated areas

802.11be should be faster, of course. But it will also be more deterministic, experience less interference, and improve latency: It’s not just about speed.

Ji Woong Kim is lost in translation: Intel will bring next-gen Wi-Fi 7 to market

Advanced Technologies
Intel will unveil… 802.11be in 2024. Data processing speed is more than twice as fast as existing Wi-Fi 6E… 802.11ax.

Intel expects the application of Wi-Fi 7… to expand its product application with advanced technologies such as high-end gaming, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and robots.

So far so fluffy. Why do we need all this raw speed? drinker Go ahead :

Remember that bandwidth is shared between everyone on the same access point and most people only have one. … These days it’s common for literally nothing in the house to have a wired connection except the access point. Speeds like this allow a network with multiple users to share files, stream, and more.

For one or two clients, [802.11n] is very good. For a group of users, not so much.


The moral of the story:
There’s no point in questioning authority if you don’t listen to the answers

Greg Landauer

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