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Ted Lasso has some real-life lessons we can all take in. How is this possible? Take a look!
Why is it important to remove underperforming features to improve the product’s key metrics? Find out here.
We wanted to see if there was a way we could sync our Kubernetes NetworkPolicies dynamically with tools we already use, like Consul and Calico.
Read this article to learn more about what conversions are, how Taboola handle billions of daily events at scale, and how it all presents meaningful data to customers.
Something strange happened while I worked with Kafka. While adding a new consumer from Kafka to one of our services, the service stopped consuming from ALL other existing consumers. As part of my job at Taboola as a team leader on a production team in the Infrastructure group, we’re supposed to remove bottlenecks, not create them. This post will describe how I investigated the issue, explain what I discovered, and share my insights into the whole situation. Some background Before I get into the rest of the story, here’s some background on how we use Kafka at Taboola’s events handling pipeline and why it’s critical to our infrastructure. Taboola’s recommendations appear on tens of thousands of web pages and mobile apps every second. As users engage with the content, multiple events are fired to signal that recommendations are rendered, opened, clicked, and so on. Each event triggers one or more Kafka messages, […]
Our Deployment Process Pillars: How Taboola Deploys & Manages the Servers that Bring You Recommendations
Find out the secrets to how Taboola deploys and manages the thousands of servers that bring you recommendations every day.
In this article you will learn what Samplex is and how it is used to make processing of large raw datasets more efficient.
This post is not about K8S – nor is it about AWS. It is not about containers – nor is it about some new, “cool” technology for managing large-scale applications. Rather, this post is about how we deploy a highly sophisticated Java service, a heavy service that is very actively developed on a daily basis, to 1000s of servers across our 7 data centers around the world. So what’s the problem? Isn’t it enough to take a list of servers, get the version to deploy and run it with an automation tool like ansible? Well, it’s not as simple as it might seem. This service serves Taboola’s recommendations and responds to hundreds of thousands requests per second. The service has to be fast – so fast that its p95 should be below 500 milliseconds per request. Which means we can’t have any downtime at all, or even afford slower […]
The story starts with metrics. Every mature software company needs to have a metric system to monitor resource utilisation. At some point, we noticed under-utilization of spark executors and thier CPUs. Usually, dynamic allocation is used instead of static resource allocation in order to improve CPU utilisation through sharing. In this blog post, we’ll define the problem, share the goals we worked towards and highlight many technical peculiarities regarding dynamic allocation usage along the way. At Taboola, we use Grafana, Prometheus with a Kafka-based pipeline to collect metrics from several data-centers around the world. Metrics at scale is a very interesting topic and involves multiple problems in itself and we have previously covered these in our blog and meetup presentations. Our data platform comprises several services that compute data projections and, importantly, those are long-running processes with long-living spark context. Periodically, when triggered, these services process new chunks of data, […]
Introduction Newsrooms are under constant pressure to deliver the most up to date, relevant, and engaging information possible. At Taboola, we are building tools to make this faster, easier, and now–predictable. As soon as an article is published the team has a critical eye on engagement data. Garnering insight on article performance as soon as possible is critical for guiding content strategy. Some articles receive wide attention immediately, drawing hundreds of thousands of page views within minutes, others may only see the first page view after a few hours. Taboola aims to narrow this gap even further by leveraging Machine Learning Models to predict article performance the moment after it becomes available to the reader. Read on for details on our latest research and fascinating discoveries around predicting article performance! Article Data Taboola Newsroom is a real-time optimization technology that empowers editorial teams with actionable data around what stories, headlines, […]