[UFO Chicago] Fwd: Program changes for the 1/9 ACM Google event
sobolak at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 20:17:10 PST 2008
SInce there was some interest about this on the list, I thought I'd
forward it along.
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From: Marc Temkin <mtemkin at speakeasy.net>
Date: Jan 2, 2008 6:40 PM
Subject: Program changes for the 1/9 ACM Google event
To: Brian Sobolak <sobolak at gmail.com>
I can't recall if I sent you a reply already. In any case the
program has been revised for 1/9 which I am including below.
You should RSVP via greg at neumarke.net. You can also find his
address/phone at www.acm.org/chapters/chicago.
The meeting is at the Google Offices, starts at 6:30 PM with a
social hour at 5:30 PM. Their will be food at the social hour. The event is
free courtesy of Google Chicago.
Please post or distribute as you think is useful to others!
mtemkin at speakeasy.net
Talk 1 Title: An Introduction to Bloom Filters (Jon Trowbridge)
Abstract: When choosing the best algorithm to solve a problem, we
often think in terms of trade-offs. The most familiar trade-off is
between storage space and time, but there are more exotic
possibilities that can lead to data structures with surprising
properties. This talk will discuss Bloom Filters, a probabilistic data
structure that efficiently encodes set membership and allows a
trade-off between storage space and uncertainty.
Talk 2 Title: How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People (And
You Can Too) (Ben Collins-Sussman and Brian Fitzpatrick)
Abstract: Every open source project runs into people who are selfish,
uncooperative, and disrespectful. These people can silently poison the
atmosphere of a happy developer community. Come learn how to identify
these people and peacefully de-fuse them before they derail your
project. Told through a series of (often amusing) real-life anecdotes
Senior Software Engineer
Jon is a software engineer, a long-time advocate for free software,
and a member of Google's Open Source Program Office. He is currently
working on Google's "Palimpsest Project", an effort to help archive
and distribute large scientific datasets. Prior to joining Google, Jon
spent four years at Ximian/Novell, where he worked on the GNOME
desktop and created Beagle, a desktop search system for Linux.
Senior Software Engineer
Ben is a member of Google's Open Source Program Office, working on
projects to promote the spread of open source software both inside and
outside the company. He is a technical lead for Google Code's open
source project hosting service, available at _http://code.google.com_
He helped port Subversion to Google's Bigtable technology, which now
runs across numerous machines and serves over 60,000 open source
repositories. Prior to Google, Ben spent five years with Collabnet as
one of the original designers and founders of the Subversion project.
He is still active in the Subversion community and is also a co-author
of the O'Reilly book "Version Control with Subversion". He received
his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and enjoys
speaking with Brian Fitzpatrick at various conferences on topics both
serious and irreverent.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Engineering Manager, Google
Brian Fitzpatrick started his career at Google in 2005 as the first
software engineer hired in the Chicago office. Brian leads Google's
Chicago engineering efforts and also serves as engineering manager for
Google Code and internal advisor for Google's open source efforts.
Prior to joining Google, Brian worked at CollabNet, Apache Software
Foundation and Apple Computer.
Brian has been an active open source contributor for over ten years.
He became a core Subversion developer in 2000 and was the lead
developer of the cvs2svn utility. Brian has written articles and
presentations on version control and software development. He co-wrote
"Version Control with Subversion" and contributed chapters for "Unix
in a Nutshell" and "Linux in a Nutshell."
Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a
major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and
From: Brian Sobolak [mailto:sobolak at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 11:12 PM
To: The Chicago Python Users Group; mtemkin at speakeasy.net; UFO Chicago
Subject: Re: [Chicago] Notice of upcoming ACM Google Presentation on
Sounds interesting. Are there more details? Where to RSVP, where is it
located, what time, etc?
On Dec 27, 2007 10:35 PM, Marc Temkin <mtemkin at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> please post this info re the upcoming ACM Google Presentation on
> Marc Temkin
> For January 9th hosting at Google Chicago
> Title: Building Scalable Systems and Moving Large Datasets
> In order to manage ever-increasing computation needs, Google continues
> to scale its hardware and software systems to meet the need to store
> more data, serve more requests, and at the same time improve results.
> Using Google Code's Subversion server as a case study, this talk will
> cover Google's hardware philosophy and several core infrastructure
> technologies such as GFS, BigTable, and MapReduce. We'll also review
> advances in storage as they relate to Google's project for moving large
> Brian Fitzpatrick, Engineering Manager, Google
> Brian Fitzpatrick started his career at Google in 2005 as the first
> software engineer hired in the Chicago office. Brian leads Google's
> Chicago engineering efforts and also serves as engineering manager for
> Google Code and internal advisor for Google's open source efforts.
> Prior to joining Google, Brian was a senior software engineer on the
> version control team at CollabNet, working on Subversion, cvs2svn, and
> CVS. He has also worked at Apple Computer as a senior engineer in
> their professional services division, developing both client and web
> applications for Apple's largest corporate customers.
> Brian has been an active open source contributor for over ten years.
> After years of writing small open source programs and bugfixes, he
> became a core Subversion developer in 2000, and then the lead
> developer of the cvs2svn utility. He was nominated as a member of the
> Apache Software Foundation in
> 2002 and spent two years as the ASF's VP of Public Relations. Brian
> has written numerous articles and given many presentations on a wide
> variety of subjects from version control to software development,
> including co-writing "Version Control with Subversion" as well as
> chapters for "Unix in a Nutshell" and "Linux in a Nutshell."
> Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a
> major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and
> Despite growing up in New Orleans and working for Silicon Valley
> companies for most of his career, he decided years ago that Chicago
> was his home and stubbornly refuses to move to California.
> Brians' Website:
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> Chicago at python.org
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