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Luiz André Barroso
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Yesterday the Ivanpah solar plant went live.  It's in the desert near Las Vegas, and uses thousands of mirrors to concentrate light onto a tower, generating heat and power.  To acknowledge the investment by Google, they reoriented some mirrors :-)

More details about the project: http://gigaom.com/2014/02/13/the-hoover-dam-of-solar-is-now-live-in-the-desert-of-california-why-its-so-important/
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Mirror mirror on the sand,
Who's the flashiest in the land?
(You know who!)
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From +David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer: We cannot say this more clearly—the government does not have access to Google servers—not directly, or via a back door, or a so-called drop box. Nor have we received blanket orders of the kind being discussed in the media. It is quite wrong to insinuate otherwise. We provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law. Our legal team reviews each and every request, and frequently pushes back when requests are overly broad or don’t follow the correct process. And we have taken the lead in being as transparent as possible about government requests for user information.
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A beautiful short video celebrating some of the pioneers in our field. Their shoulders must be rather sore.
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Comovente e inspirador.
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Yay!
 
I'm very pleased to see that my friend and colleague +Urs Hölzle has been elected a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, for "contributions to the design, operation, and energy efficiency of large-scale data centers."

Urs has had tremendous influence on Google's operations, and it is his technical work and leadership at the datacenter and infrastructure level that allows Google to operate our myriad services used by more than a billion people (working with many others, of course).

Congratulations, Urs!

The full NAE press release is here:

http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=02072013
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Congratulations, +Urs Hölzle - the only question is "what the heck took them so long?" :-)
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The 2nd edition of our book is finally out. For the same low price as the original (a free download) you get fresher material, 30% more pages and 50% more authors! The original authors are also 4 years wiser.

To Urs' list of acknowledgments below I'd like to add our brave reviewers, +David Andersen , +Christos Kozyrakis and +Parthasarathy Ranganathan , and our benevolent editor, Mark Hill.

We hope it continues to be a useful reference for this still young and vibrant area of computer science.
 
+Luiz André Barroso,  +jimmy Clidaras and myself would like to thank Tech Infrastructure teams producing most of the material we discuss in this updated book, with special thanks to Michael Morgan for making the free download possible.

The first edition had over 112k downloads. That's over 10x more than the 2nd most popular book in the Synthesis series (over 500 books across dozens of science & engineering topics). So we thought it was worth the nights & weekends effort to update it.

Note that we still welcome corrections/suggestions at http://goo.gl/K0GH5.

The first edition had over 112k downloads. That's over 10x more than the 2nd most popular book in the Synthesis series (over 500 books across dozens of science & engineering topics). So we thought it was worth the nights & weekends effort to update it.

Note that we still welcome corrections/suggestions at http://goo.gl/K0GH5.

Special thanks to +Mike Bennett , +Mike Marty , +Matthew Harris , +Jack Palevich , +David Guild , +Ankit Somani , +Peter Pellerzi, +Aaron Fellin , +Liqun Cheng, +Xiaobo Fan , +Mark Hennecke , +Thomas Olavson , +John Reese , +Amin Vahdat  and +Jeff Dean  who contributed with corrections to earlier drafts or material that was directly used in the text.

Download it at http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00516ED2V01Y201306CAC024; printed copies should be available soon.
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Thanks for sharing, +Urs Hölzle and +Luiz André Barroso, and congrats on finishing it up!  I am very much looking forward to reading it.

Regarding +Tom Limoncelli 's comments, I guess I should feel lucky that I'm sufficiently "in the know" to appreciate most of the points, despite not being inside the Google bubble!
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Although it hasn't been relevant for years it still saddens me to read this. Yahoo! would have gained some sympathy points with many of us if it had done just a bit to pay tribute to this once amazing product.

I arrived at Digital's Western Research Lab just a few months before it launched. I contributed zero to AltaVista, but it contributed much to my early research on processor design and my subsequent career at Google.
 
RIP AltaVista, 1996-2013. Yahoo is closing it next month and didn't pay any decent respect to it, when making the announcement today. Some remembrances from me.
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I remember working at WRL over a summer in the 90's with Amitabh and Alan on some OM/ATOM thing and this guy kept running out and yelling "We'ved indexed 100,000 pages....we've indexed 500,000 pages". I was oblivious to what was going on (my perpetual state of being) but it was cool to see it being born!
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What a great title for this response by +Larry Page and +David Drummond to the press reports regarding a secret US government program having "back door" access to information stored in our data centers.

Refreshingly clear, direct and short.
Dear Google users— You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. As Google’s CE...
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My colleagues +Sanjay Ghemawat and +Jeff Dean have been announced as the recipients of the ACM Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences.

As a fan with a front row seat to their achievements over the last 18 years I can say this with some authority: they haven't peaked quite yet. That's the scary part.

And I'm not just talking about their barista skills.
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Congratulations +Jeff Dean and +Sanjay Ghemawat. A fan for 17 years! :)
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    Computer Engineering
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
    Electrical Engineering
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