RISE Seminar: 11/2/18 Managing Compute at Google Scale, a talk by Steve Hand

November 2, 2018

Title:                 Managing Compute at Google Scale

Speaker:           Steven Hand

Affiliation:         Google

Date and location: Friday, November 2, 12:30 – 1:30 pm; Wozniak Lounge (430 Soda Hall)


Google deploys and operates a huge amount of computing capacity around the globe. In this talk I will provide an overview of Borg, the cluster management system used coordinate this work, discuss the challenges introduced due to new hardware and software systems, and look to future needs and capabilities.


Steve Hand is a Software Engineer at Google where he works on Borg. Prior to joining Google in 2015 he was a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Lab, and prior to that he spent 15 years as a Professor* at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is best known as one of the originators of the Xen hypervisor, used as the basis for Amazon’s EC2, and was also a co-founder of XenSource. His research interests are in the areas of operating systems, distributed systems, concurrency and most other systems things.