, February 6, 2003
Noon - 1 pm
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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