Luiz , Barroso at , talks about this fundamental property of scaling systems in his fascinating talk, Warehouse-Scale Computing: Entering the . Google found the larger the scale the greater the impact of latency variability. When a request is implemented by work done in parallel, as is common with today's service oriented systems, the overall response time is dominated by the long tail distribution of the parallel … Decade
…heavy-weight, poor-fitting shirts. They are tastefully designed, email so we can meetup and improve your wordrobe at the same time. Or, just look for us ( Andre and ). We don't always rest our arms on each other, but when we do, we look like this:- Tri-Blend (otherwise known as the most comfortable shirt you'll own). If you're attending , shoot us an
I was leading the design on this and warned Andre not to expect any works of art in the beginning. Instead, my plan was to simply show up for work: work on design a bit every day, valuing rapid experiments and lots of mockups. The first week was rough - it started out a bit like this:
As we focused in on a style we liked, I started applying more polish and things came together. In all, I created 24 iterations of the homepage. Iterations often had several alternates as well.
About half-way …
In It's Stephen Rumble et al. explore the idea that it's time to rearchitect our stack to live in the modern era of low-latency datacenter instead of high-latency WANs. The implications for program for Latency architectures will be revolutionary . Luiz , Barroso at , sees ultra low latency as a way to make computer resources, to be as much as possible, fungible, that is they are interchangeable and location independent, effectively turning a datacenter into single computer.
…Luiz , Barroso at , concerning Google's legendary past, golden present, and apocryphal future. His talk, Warehouse-Scale Computing: Entering the , was given at the Decade Federated Computing Research Conference . Luiz clearly knows his stuff and was early at Google, so he has a deep and penetrating perspective on the technology. …echoing in my head as I listened to a fascinating presentation by
I still used BBSes a lot (I was a particular fan of Active BBS, and my friend Andre's Mindflux BBS, both in Sydney), but when the internet first hit the mainstream I switched from BBS to internet and barely looked back. I built my first webpage in 1995. When I think back to the head start I had in that area, I really should rule the internet now!
I'd always had a general idea I wanted to be in business — for some strange reason I found accounting books fascinating — so when …
The Rocky in beautiful Conference next week.gang (including founders and co-dictators-for-life Derek and Andre) will be at
If you're going to be there, let us know . We'd love to take our relationship beyond our support email address (if you're ready for that).
Faster tests - our tests took 8 minutes to complete. While it's the perfect amount of time to catchup on Daily Show clips, it really tested our patience making application-wide changes.
Removing deadweight - unused CSS rules, database tables + columns, views, and assets. It's …
There was a clear turning point for Andre and I with- it happened in October 2010. It led to one of our most popular blog articles, "We Just Three Months of work. Here's What We Learned."
I'll be telling that story at the Fort Collins New Tech Meetup tomorrow evening. If you're a developer starting a business (or struggling turning a side project into one) drop by. If you're interested in heckling me, stop by too!
…Scout being around for a long time. 2011 saw the start of our grand succession plan: both Andre and I brought home baby girls this year. While my two-month old daughter is lacking focus at this point, I'm confident she'll be ready to take over my share of Scout by 2035.
I've never been more excited about Scout. We eliminated a lot of cruft from Scout in 2011 that's freeing us up to make monitoring even easier in 2012. Thanks for your continued feedback, bug reports, …