October 26, 2020

Tencent Open Source Its Tars Microservices Management Project

The Chinese Tencent becomes Platinum member of the Linux foundation and open source its frameworks, Tars and TSeer. The first deals with microservice management, the second with service discovery and registration. In March, Tencent had already created an AI project with 9 other suppliers, including Baidu, Huawei and ZTE.

Tencent, one of China’s leading providers of web services, becomes a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation alongside its fellow Huawei. This means that it supports the foundation overseeing part of the major global open source projects for more than $ 500,000 annually. By becoming a Platinum member, the Shenzhen-based group also brings one of its directors to the board of directors of the Linux Foundation. This is Liu Xin, general manager of Tencent’s mobile Internet entity. Two other Chinese suppliers, Alibaba and Baidu, are also Gold members of the foundation, spending $ 100,000 a year to support the organization.

In the process, Tencent announces that it is open source two of its projects under the leadership of the Linux Foundation. The 1st, Tars, is a high performance RPC framework designed for the development, implementation and maintenance of microservices. It is based on service naming using the tars protocol and provides a platform for semi-automatic operation. The project allows users to execute remote procedures and supports C ++, Java, Node.js, PHP and Python languages. It comes with a build system and a code generation tool for agile development. The 2nd project, TSeer, is a light version of Tars. This fault-tolerant framework enables service discovery and registration. It is used in Tencent products such as QQ Browser, the App Store or Mobile Manager and handles an average of 10 billion queries per day. In a statement, Zeng Yu, vice president of Tencent, said the Chinese group has more than 10 years of experience managing interactions with a massive number of users, “which allows Tars and TSeer to optimize fully load-balancing and fault-tolerant systems. ”

Founding member of LF Deep Learning Foundation

This increased involvement of Tencent in open source comes just months from the creation in March, already within the Linux Foundation, of LF Deep Learning Foundation. This project aims to support innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning by making these technologies available to developers. Tencent is among its founding members alongside three other Chinese suppliers, Baidu, Huawei and ZTE, and nine other members, including Frenchman Orange. The Shenzhen Group is contributing to the LF Deep Learning Foundation through its Angel Artificial Intelligence Project, a high-performance distributed machine learning platform it has developed with Peking University. The description of this platform, cut for big data models, mentions that it can support more than one billion parameters. At the end of 2017, Tencent was the first Chinese technology company to be valued more than $ 500 million on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, ahead of Alibaba. The latter, also very involved in artificial intelligence, announced February AI services in its cloud in Europe.

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