You Can Now Trigger a Kernel Panic on AWS EC2 Instances by API

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Those working in a data centre may, on occasion, have been asked to debug an unresponsive server: pressing a firm finger on a hardware interrupt button (NMI) and triggering the system to dump the state of the frozen kernel to a file for further analysis.

But how do you do that when your server is in the cloud?

Trigger a Kernel Panic by API

By API, is the short answer, and on Amazon Web Services, you now can.

AWS this week introduced a new EC2:SendDiagnosticInterrupt API that lets cloud and system engineers, or specialists in kernel diagnosis and debugging,

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