DATE: Thursday, October 23, 2003
TIME: Noon - 1 pm

Howard Gobioff

The Google File System

We have designed and implemented the Google File System, a scalable distributed file system for large distributed data-intensive applications. It provides fault tolerance while running on inexpensive
commodity hardware, and it delivers high aggregate performance to a large number of clients.

While sharing many of the same goals as previous distributed file systems, our design has been driven by observations of our application workloads and technological environment, both current and anticipated,
that reflect a marked departure from some earlier file system assumptions. This has led us to reexamine traditional choices and explore radically different design points.

This work is also being presented at SOSP 2003.

Howard escaped CMU with a PhD in 1999 after working on the NASD project with both Garth Gibson and Doug Tygar. After escape, he ran off to join Google in the Silly Valley. Several years later, despite his best efforts, he finds himself leading the Google file system project as well as being actively involved in
Google's security related projects. Who thinks you can really escape your thesis research?

Howard, who is amused writing about himself this way, will be available to chat with people about Google, life at Google, and employment possibilities. Google is _still_ hiring.

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