Let's Encrypt 生了新的 Root 與 Intermediate Certificate

Let's Encrypt 弄了新的 Root Certificate 與 Intermediate Certificate:「Let's Encrypt's New Root and Intermediate Certificates」。

一方面是本來的 Intermediate Certificate 也快要要過期了,另外一方面是要利用 ECDSA 降低傳輸時的頻寬成本:

On Thursday, September 3rd, 2020, Let’s Encrypt issued six new certificates: one root, four intermediates, and one cross-sign. These new certificates are part of our larger plan to improve privacy on the web, by making ECDSA end-entity certificates widely available, and by making certificates smaller.

本來有 Let's Encrypt Authority {X1,X2,X3,X4} 四組 Intermediate Certificate,都是 RSA 2048 bits。

其中 X1 與 X2 差不多都到期了 (cross-signed 的已經過了,自家 ISRG Root X1 簽的剩不到一個月),不過這兩組已經沒在用了,這次就不管他了。

而 X3 與 X4 這兩組則是明年到期,會產生出新的 Intermediate Certificate,會叫做 R3 與 R4,跟之前一樣會被自家 ISRG Root X1 簽,以及 IdenTrust DST Root CA X3 簽:

For starters, we’ve issued two new 2048-bit RSA intermediates which we’re calling R3 and R4. These are both issued by ISRG Root X1, and have 5-year lifetimes. They will also be cross-signed by IdenTrust. They’re basically direct replacements for our current X3 and X4, which are expiring in a year. We expect to switch our primary issuance pipeline to use R3 later this year, which won’t have any real effect on issuance or renewal.

然後是本次的重頭戲,會弄出一個新的 Root Certificate,叫做 ISRG Root X2,以及兩個 Intermediate Certificate,叫做 E1 與 E2:

The other new certificates are more interesting. First up, we have the new ISRG Root X2, which has an ECDSA P-384 key instead of RSA, and is valid until 2040. Issued from that, we have two new intermediates, E1 and E2, which are both also ECDSA and are valid for 5 years.

主要的目的就是降低 TLS 連線時的 bandwidth,這次的設計預期可以降低將近 400 bytes:

While a 2048-bit RSA public key is about 256 bytes long, an ECDSA P-384 public key is only about 48 bytes. Similarly, the RSA signature will be another 256 bytes, while the ECDSA signature will only be 96 bytes. Factoring in some additional overhead, that’s a savings of nearly 400 bytes per certificate. Multiply that by how many certificates are in your chain, and how many connections you get in a day, and the bandwidth savings add up fast.

另外一個特別的修改是把名字改短 (把「Let's Encrypt Authority」拿掉),也是為了省傳輸的成本:

As an aside: since we’re concerned about certificate sizes, we’ve also taken a few other measures to save bytes in our new certificates. We’ve shortened their Subject Common Names from “Let’s Encrypt Authority X3” to just “R3”, relying on the previously-redundant Organization Name field to supply the words “Let’s Encrypt”. We’ve shortened their Authority Information Access Issuer and CRL Distribution Point URLs, and we’ve dropped their CPS and OCSP urls entirely. All of this adds up to another approximately 120 bytes of savings without making any substantive change to the useful information in the certificate.

這個部份讓我想到之前寫的「省頻寬的方法:終極版本...」這篇,裡面提到 AWS 自家的 SSL Certificate 太胖,改用 DigiCert 的反而可以省下不少錢 XDDD

另外也提到了這次 cross-sign 的部份是對 ECDSA Root Certificate 簽 (ISRG Root X2),而不是對 ECDSA Intermediate Certificate 簽 (E1 與 E2),主因是不希望多一次切換的轉移期:

In the end, we decided that providing the option of all-ECDSA chains was more important, and so opted to go with the first option, and cross-sign the ISRG Root X2 itself.

這算是蠻重要的進展,看起來各家 client 最近應該都會推出新版支援。

EC2 推出了 R5、R5d、z1d 三種機器...

上個禮拜 Amazon EC2 就放話預定要推出 r5r5dz1d 三種機器,但當時沒公佈價錢,只公佈了規格,這樣就沒辦法比較成本。尤其 R 系列的機器主要就是看記憶體的單位成本...

今天總算是正式推出公開價錢了:「Now Available: R5, R5d, and z1d Instances」。

r{4,5}.large 比較,都是 2 vCPU,但 r5 的 ECU 快了一些,記憶體多了一些,價錢少了一些:

vCPUECUMemory (GiB)Instance Storage (GB)Linux/UNIX Usage
r5.large2816 GiBEBS Only$0.126 per Hour
r4.large2715.25 GiBEBS Only$0.133 per Hour

完全是個「麵多一點、湯多一點,但錢少一點」的概念 XD

另外這次推出的 z1d 系列主打高時脈:

The high frequency z1d instances use custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors running at up to 4.0 GHz, powered by sustained all-core Turbo Boost, perfect for Electronic Design Automation (EDA), financial simulation, relational database, and gaming workloads that can benefit from extremely high per-core performance.

vCPUECUMemory (GiB)Instance Storage (GB)Linux/UNIX Usage
z1d.large21116 GiB1 x 75 NVMe SSD$0.186 per Hour

對於沒有辦法利用平行化加速的工作會有幫助,不過在目前 EC2 的價位表上面大概是因為比 r4 的記憶體還多,所以放在「Memory Optimized - Current Generation」而不是 Compute Optimized,不知道實際上用的時候會偏向哪塊...

Percona 分析在 AWS 上跑 Percona XtraDB Cluster 的效能 (I/O bound)

Percona 的人分析了在 Amazon EC2 上跑 Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) 效能 (I/O bound):「Best Practices for Percona XtraDB Cluster on AWS」。


直接跳到結論的地方。如果資料可以掉,用 i3 本地 storage 的效能是最好的,如果要資料不能掉,用 EBS 的 Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) 的效能會比 General Purpose (gp2) 好很多。

另外 instance type 的選擇上,避免用 {i3,r4}.large,因為測試出來發現 {i3,r4}.xlarge 的效能好不只一倍。

不過 Aurora 的 Multi-master 已經在 Preview 了啊,如果 Percona 的人拿到帳號的話,應該會有單位成本的效能比較可以看...

ElastiCache 支援 r4.* 了

每年 AWS re:Invent 要到的時候就會有很多新的消息出來,Amazon ElastiCache 的團隊應該也是配合著這一波放出消息:「Amazon ElastiCache Now Supports the R4 Node Family」。

包括了 memcachedRedis 都支援了:

Amazon ElastiCache now supports R4 node types. R4 nodes are optimized for latency sensitive and memory intensive workloads. They come in six sizes, providing 12.3GiB to 407GiB of available in-memory capacity. By setting up a 15-shard cluster for Redis, you can scale up to 6.1TiB of in-memory capacity. For Memcached, you can set up a 20-node cluster to support up to 8.14 TiB in-memory workloads. Equipped with the Intel Broadwell processor, and improved networking, R4 node family offers superior performance over the popular R3 node family.


RDS (MySQL/MariaDB) 支援 t2、r4 以及 m4 的新機種

這個大家等好久了,尤其 MySQL 常遇到需要用記憶體換效能的情境:「Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types」。

先前 t2 最大只能開到 t2.large (8GB RAM),對於需要大量記憶體運算的 SQL query,就有機會被 MySQL 使用 filesort 寫到硬碟裡面暫存了。這次支援這些 instance type,開發環境至少有選擇可以開到 t2.2xlarge (32GB RAM) 跟他拼。

r4 應該是正式環境期待已久的 instance type 了。r3 最大是 r3.8xlarge (244GB),跟 r4 最大的 r4.16xlarge (488GB) 剛好差了一倍。

m4 就比較微妙了,順便補上去的感覺... 不過應該還是會有應用會剛好用到。

不過還是期待前陣子出來的 c5,對於寫出很驚人的 SQL query,在 MySQL 內跑大量運算的應用會有幫助,就繼續等吧... :o

Amazon EC2 推出 I3 系列機器

Amazon EC2 推出使用 NVMe SSD 的機器,I3 系列:「Now Available – I3 Instances for Demanding, I/O Intensive Applications」。

以東京區的價錢來看,r4.16xlarge 與 i3.16xlarge 都是 64 vCPU 與 488GB RAM。不一樣的地方只有兩個:

  • 第一個是 r4 只有 195 vCPU,而 i3 有 200 vCPU,快了一些。
  • 第二個是 i3 多了 8 個 1900 NVMe SSD。

但價錢卻只差一些 ($5.12/hr 與 $5.856/hr),如果速度可以善用 SSD 的話,跟 r4.* 比起來其實頗超值的...

EC2 的 r4 系列機器開出來了...

Amazon EC2 的 r4.* 總算是開出來了:「Amazon EC2 R4 instances are now available in new regions」。

Amazon EC2 R4 instances are now available in the following regions: Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), South America (São Paulo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Canada (Central), and EU (London).

r4.16xlarge (488GB) 算是補上中間的 r3.8xlarge (244GB) 與 x1.16xlarge (976GB) 中間的一塊洞了,不然之前得開 p2.8xlarge (488GB),但也不是每一區都有,而且用不到 GPU 就浪費了...

Amazon EC2 的大量新資訊

這次 re:InventAmazon EC2 的更新真是有夠多的,總集篇被整理在這邊:「EC2 Instance Type Update – T2, R4, F1, Elastic GPUs, I3, C5」。

先是 F1 系列提供 FPGA 能力:「Developer Preview – EC2 Instances (F1) with Programmable Hardware」。

再來是 T2 系列提供更大台的機器,不過往上提供的 CPU 級距還是 1.5 倍 (費用是 2 倍),主要還是給量還不夠大的使用者使用,如果夠大的就應該換去 C 系列,加上 auto scaling 的方式降低成本:「New T2.Xlarge and T2.2Xlarge Instances」。

另外一個大賣點是 GPU 變成可以掛在各種機器上,雖然還沒推出:「In the Works – Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs」:

Today, you have the ability to set up freshly created EBS volumes when you launch new instances. You’ll be able to do something similar with Elastic GPUs, specifying the desired size during the launch process, with the option to stop, modify, and then start a running instance in order to make a change.

最後是推出了 R4、I3 與 C5 系列,主要是在於硬體升級而更新。