The paper I’ve been working on for the last few months with my supervisor has been accepted into IEEE Cloud 2013. Some numbers: 7 months of work, 2 months of writing, 7 pages, 5,000 words, 16 references, 1,000 lines of code and, 1,358 runs of 5 experiments. Someone hand me a beer.
Fortune magazine recently named Google as the best place to work in 2013 and I’m feeling very lucky that I’m going to be a new employee there this fall. This will be my first ever real job, not an internship, not temporary work, but a full-time career.
Last summer I interned as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) at Google’s Dublin office and HR gave me three options to apply for to “convert” to a full-time role once my studies were complete: SRE, SWE (Software Engineer) and APM (Associate Product Manager).
My initial reaction was to apply as a SWE, as I had applied for that role an SWE internship but had been assigned to SRE for a specific project. Applying for either of these engineering roles would involve going through a set of interviews (usually 3 I believe). SRE requires a mix of sysadmin and engineering skills, and I wasn’t confident in my ability to pass sysadmin-type interviews because I don’t have a lot of background in that type of work.
I have had a few Software Engineer interviews in my time (IBM, McLaren, Google, etc) so I shouldn’t have been apprehensive about those kind of technical interviews. But it wasn’t my choice.
I decided to apply for APM, or Associate Product Manager, a role I had barely even heard about before I had started my internship.
On my flight over I was stuck by the number of circle shaped fields in the mid-continental United States. Turns out there is a very good reason for these as explained here: http://llk.media.mit.edu/projects/circles/flying.html
I also got my first ever view of Silicon Valley, can you spot the Stanford Bell Tower?
Today I gave a presentation at IEEE Cloud 2012 – one of the premier conferences on Cloud Computing for a paper by Ali Khajeh-Hoessini and myself.
The paper is entitled “CloudMonitor: Profiling Power Usage” and discusses the CloudMonitor software and how it could be used to create an energy tariff for Cloud providers. Various items to do with the presentation:
Day 1: 8.30am – 10.00pm (finished work at 8pm – then went out for drinks with my team)
Day 2: 8.30am – 10.30pm (finished work at 7.30pm – then went out for dinner with my Noogler class)
Day 3: 8.30am – 7pm (my first “normal” day)
I’ve had an amazing 3 days, the people, the food, the environment are all incredible. I’m working for the Traffic SRE team – responsible for maintaining Google’s uptime on services which I’m not sure if I’m allowed to talk about so won’t for safety’s sake. I can say this: the numbers that were mentioned (and shown) to me on Tuesday made my head melt. Dizzying stuff. The thought of writing code to deploy on Google’s infrastructure is truly intimidating. I can’t wait to get started.