Yet another sign of a more open Apple — Siri engineers spoke in public about the third-generation (and as I noted a few months ago, much improved) back-end for Siri. Some notes from Derrick Harris, writing for the Mesosphere blog:
Apple’s custom Mesos scheduler is called J.A.R.V.I.S., which is
short for Just A Rather Very Intelligent Scheduler. It’s named
after Tony Stark’s intelligent computer assistant in the Iron Man
movies (and technically, I’m told, his human butler in the old
comic books). […]
Siri’s Mesos backend represents its third generation, and a move
away from “traditional” infrastructure. Apple’s work with Mesos
and J.A.R.V.I.S. predates the open-sourcing of Marathon (by
Mesosphere) and Apache Aurora (by Twitter) in 2013.
Not only has Mesos helped make Siri scalable and available on
the infrastructure front, it has also improved latency on the
It really does show, and it matters. Siri’s performance and reliability are essential to the Apple Watch experience.
★ Wednesday, 29 April 2015