UK Oracle User Group

Assessing the Impact of Meltdown/Spectre - An Engineering Case Study

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Time: 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Track: Track 1

Recently a new class of previously unrecognised vulnerabilities in modern CPUs was recognised by Google and others. Patches for the issues for most operating systems and cloud environments were rapidly produced. These patches came with vaguely stated performance overheads of between 5 and 30%. This presentation will outline the nature of the threat and the approach we took to assessing the likely impact on our database servers, as well as representative application performance benchmark details. Whilst this session is focused on a specific infrastructure change, the approach is broadly applicable using only open source tools.  

Presented by

  • Niall Litchfield, IHS Markit