Reducing System Load With ChatGPT

Problem Statement

I am using M1 Macbook Air for Python development purposes. Since M1 uses ARM architecture, many Python packages don't have wheels for ARM64/aarch64. confluent-kafka-python is one of them.

I had to run AMD64 docker container to use confluent-kafka-python. Since it is a cross-architecture container, its CPU usage is too high and performance was too slow.


To reduce system load, I decided to build aarch64 wheels for confluent-kafka-python. I looked at open issues on GitHub and asked maintainers how to build aarch64 wheels. There was no response1 from them.

As a workaround, I asked ChatGPT2 on how to build confluent-kafka-python aarch64 wheels in a docker container.


This initial suggestion didn't work as confluent-kafka-python depends on librdkafka which is a C library. I had to build librdkafka from source for aarch64 and then build confluent-kafka-python from source.

To build librdkafka from the source, I again asked ChatGPT. After making minor changes to the snippet suggested by ChatGPT, I was able to build librdkafka from the source for aarch64.

Here is the final snippet:

FROM ubuntu:22.04

ARG DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive

RUN apt update && apt install -y \
  wget git curl g++ make postgresql-client \
  nano less shared-mime-info openjdk-17-jre-headless \
  libpq-dev vim tzdata python3 python3-dev

RUN apt install -y python3-pip
RUN python3 -m pip install setuptools

RUN git clone
WORKDIR confluent-kafka-python

COPY . /app
RUN ./configure --arch=aarch64 --prefix=/usr
RUN make
RUN make install

WORKDIR /confluent-kafka-python
RUN python3 install


By running native containers, I was able to reduce the system load by ~50%. With ChatGPT, it is easy to build/tweak programs in languages & environments that we are not familiar with.