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April 25, 2007

Google Speaker Series: Luiz Barroso


[This is the video of the April Speaker Series at the NYC Google offices that I reported on earlier this month. It's now posted at the Google Video Web site. I used their feature that automatically creates a blog post and embeds the video as you can see above. It also adds the text you see in the following paragraphs.]

When your computer begins to look more like a warehouse than a pizza box or a refrigerator, some things that you might otherwise treat as annoying afterthoughts become first order design considerations. The size of our computing infrastructure has given us some early hands-on experience with issues that are now at the forefront of computer science, such as energy-efficiency, fault-tolerance, and thread-level parallelism. In this talk I will try to present some of the broad lessons we have learned as well as our recent research results on disk drive failure analysis and datacenter-level power efficiency.

Luiz André Barroso is a Distinguished Engineer at Google, where he has worked across  several engineering areas, ranging from applications to software infrastructure and hardware design. His projects have included a system to find related academic articles, designing load-balancing software, networking and server performance optimizations, failure analysis, power provisioning, and leading the design of Google's computing platform.

Prior to Google he was a member of the Research Staff at Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporations, where his group did some of the pioneering work on processor and memory system design for commercial workloads. They also designed Piranha, a system based on an aggressive chip-multiprocessing architecture. The work on Piranha has had a significant impact in the microprocessor industry, helping inspire many of the multi-core CPUs that are now in the mainstream.

Before joining Digital he was one of the designers of the USC RPM, an FPGA-based multiprocessor emulator for rapid hardware prototyping. He has also worked at IBM Brazil's Rio Scientific Center and lectured at PUC-Rio (Brazil) and Stanford University.

Luiz has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro.                

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