The Datacenter as a Computer, 2nd Edition

The Datacenter as a Computer, 2nd Edition
An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines

Luis Andre Barroso, Jimmy Clidaras, Urs Hoelzle
ISBN: 9781627050098 | PDF ISBN: 9781627050104
Copyright © 2013 | 154 Pages | Publication Date: 07/01/2013

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After nearly four years of substantial academic and industrial developments in warehouse-scale computing, we are delighted to present our first major update to this lecture. The increased popularity of public clouds has made WSC software techniques relevant to a larger pool of programmers since our first edition. Therefore, we expanded Chapter 2 to reflect our better understanding of WSC software systems and the toolbox of software techniques for WSC programming. In Chapter 3, we added to our coverage of the evolving landscape of wimpy vs. brawny server trade-offs, and we now present an overview of WSC interconnects and storage systems that was promised but lacking in the original edition. Thanks largely to the help of our new co-author, Google Distinguished Engineer Jimmy Clidaras, the material on facility mechanical and power distribution design has been updated and greatly extended (see Chapters 4 and 5). Chapters 6 and 7 have also been revamped significantly. We hope this revised edition continues to meet the needs of educators and professionals in this area.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Workloads and Software Infrastructure
Hardware Building Blocks
Datacenter Basics
Energy and Power Efficiency
Modeling Costs
Dealing with Failures and Repairs
Closing Remarks

About the Author(s)

Luis Andre Barroso, Google Inc.
Urs Hoelzle served as Google's first vice president of engineering and led the development of Google's technical infrastructure. His current responsibilities include the design and operation of the servers, networks, and datacenters that power Google. He is also renowned for both his red socks and his free-range leonberger, Yoshka (Google's top dog). Urs joined Google from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was an associate professor of computer science. He received his masteral degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 1988 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship that same year. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his research focused on programming languages and their efficient implementation. As one of the pioneers of dynamic compilation, also known as "just-in-time compilation," Urs invented fundamental techniques used in most of today's leading Java compilers. Before joining Google, Urs was a co-founder of Animorphic Systems, which developed compilers for Smalltalk and Java. After Sun Microsystems acquired Animorphic Systems in 1997, he helped build Javasoft's high-performance Hotspot Java compiler.

Jimmy Clidaras, Google Inc.
Jimmy Clidaras led Google's datacenter engineering program through multiple generations starting in 2004, with a special emphasis on energy and cost efficient design. He was the first director of Google's Platforms Infrastructure Engineering team, responsible for power, cooling, embedded software, and datacenter R&D engineering. Jimmy's original background is in aerospace engineering, having worked at Harris Corporation and E-Systems, where he developed space-flight hardware for communication and research satellites. He holds degrees in audio engineering ('84) and mechanical engineering ('94, Florida Atlantic University). He is currently a Distinguished Datacenter Engineer at Google and a Distinguished Alumnus of FAU. He remains engaged in datacenter research activities, continuing the search for disruptive technologies.

Urs Hoelzle, Google Inc.
Urs Hoelzle served as Google's first vice president of engineering and led the development of Google's technical infrastructure. His current responsibilities include the design and operation of the servers, networks, and datacenters that power Google. He is also renowned for both his red socks and his free-range leonberger, Yoshka (Google's top dog). Urs joined Google from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was an associate professor of computer science. He received his masteral degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 1988 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship that same year. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his research focused on programming languages and their efficient implementation. As one of the pioneers of dynamic compilation, also known as "just-in-time compilation," Urs invented fundamental techniques used in most of today's leading Java compilers. Before joining Google, Urs was a co-founder of Animorphic Systems, which developed compilers for Smalltalk and Java. After Sun Microsystems acquired Animorphic Systems in 1997, he helped build Javasoft's high-performance Hotspot Java compiler.

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