A Day in the Life of A Facebook Engineer

What’s it like working as an engineer on one of the world’s busiest web sites? At Velocity 2010, Facebook System Engineer Tom Cook provided a glimpse inside the operations team with his “Day in the Life” presentation. Cook provides a high-level overview of Facebook, reviews some statistics on the site’s usage, data center footprint and the software used to power the site. This video runs about 40 minutes.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. CSO

    Amazing video. I wonder if "HipHop for PHP" will be available outside the Facebook network. PHP is such an easy language to program and combined with the [speed] of C++, I'd love to have that capability. Edit: The end of the video answered my question above. Visit - http://www.facebook.com/opensource to take advantage of HipHop for PHP and all the other opensource software Facebook has developed and shared. Thank you Facebook!!! Great Video - you know you are a nerd when you get to the end of a datacenter video and are disappointed there isn't more [and didn't even realize that 40 minutes had passed.] Thank you!!!

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