[svlug] [svlug-announce] SVLUG Apr 2: Jim Reese: Google's Linux Infrastructure

stevegt@svlug.org stevegt at svlug.org
Thu Mar 27 23:49:02 PST 2003

We're pleased to announce the next meeting of the Silicon Valley Linux
Users Group!  


  Scaling the Web: An Overview of Google (A Linux Cluster for Fun and Profit)


  Wednesday, 2 April, 7pm-9pm or so.


  Jim Reese, Chief Operations Engineer, Google Inc.

How to build an internet search engine that indexes several terabytes
of data, over 3 billion web documents, and serves it up at a rate of
thousands of requests per second.  (Hint: Start with a farm of 10,000+
Linux servers).  The technology behind Google: company overview,
search parameters and results, hardware and query load balancing,
Linux cluster topology, scalability, fault tolerance, and more.


Jim Reese joined Google in 1999 as employee No. 18. Since that time,
Jim has played a key role in managing the hardware and network
infrastructure development to support Google's growth. Specifically,
Jim directed the expansion of Google's server farm and network from
300 machines to the current number of more than 10,000. To manage all
of these machines, Jim implemented a highly automated system for
remotely administering and monitoring the entire cluster. Jim also
contributed to optimizing Google's network to transfer the terabytes
of data involved in the search engine index. Prior to joining Google,
Jim worked as a neurologic and computer consultant for SRI
International. At SRI, he helped to develop software for qualitative
analysis of magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of the human brain.

Jim received a BA in biology from Harvard and an MD from Yale medical
school.  In addition to having been a singer and guitarist in a number
of bands that have released several CDs, Jim is a trained


Cisco Building 9.  The land of NUMBERS.  The VINEYARDS conference
center.  The side we are on is the Silver Oak/Jordan conference rooms,
where a large Cisco fountain is usually not turned on.  Directions on
how to get there are listed at:


We've tried our very best for these directions to be accurate.  If you
have any improvements to make, please let our Web Team know!
web-team at svlug.org


It's best if you arrive close to on time, as otherwise there may not
be someone posted at the door to let you in.  After the speakers end
their presentation there is usually a Q&A session, time for job
seekers and employers to meet, and often a few door prizes.  When the
meeting is over people are encouraged to chat a bit, but also to exit
the building so Cisco can lock up.  Don't worry, a lot of us go to
dinner afterward so there's plenty of time to chat outdoors or

We look forward to seeing you there!

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