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Measuring the performance impact of Meltdown/Spectre with Prometheus

The world of infosec is alarmed right now over the recent security vulnerabilities disclosed by Google on Wednesday that affect Intel, AMD, and ARM chips.
The now infamous Meltdown and Spectre bugs allow for the reading of sensitive information from a system’s memory, including passwords, private keys and other sensitive information.

Thankfully fixes are being swiftly rolled out to patch these issues, however they come at a performance cost which we will use Prometheus to explore in this blogpost.

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Conor BroderickMeasuring the performance impact of Meltdown/Spectre with Prometheus

Black(box) Friday

While eager consumers flock to retailers both online and in-store for big savings during the infamous day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, one must wonder the cost incurred by companies accommodating both the crowds swarming their store floors and the increase in traffic from online shoppers.

In this blogpost we used Prometheus and the Blackbox exporter to observe the increase in latency experienced by some of the top online retailers in the US and UK.

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Conor BroderickBlack(box) Friday