DATE: Thursday , February 6, 2003
TIME: Noon - 1 pm

Howard Gobioff

Bigger, Better, Faster: Real World Systems @ Google

Google's mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." To this end, we have built some of the biggest distributed systems on the planet and continue to strive to improve our user experience, improve performance, and scale larger. This talk will present a brief background on Google and then describe two major systems at Google. First, I will discuss the Google File System (GFS) which is a large scale distributed filesystem used extensively within Google. Secondly, I will present a bit about our serve time architecture. Overall, I will be focusing on the kinds of requirements that drive our designs and many of the challenges that we face.

Howard Gobioff escaped CMU SCS in '99 with his PhD in Computer Science after several years under the tutelage of Garth Gibson and Doug Tygar. He did not pass go and went directly to Google. He has had an amusing ride watching, from the inside, as Google went from a 40 person underdog to a 700 person major player. In his tenure, he has worked on the advertising system, the core crawling system, the indexing system, and currently is working on the Google File System. He has some sort of official title but can't remember what it is.

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