Urs Hölzle

Urs Hölzle
Google Fellow, Google, Inc.

Google Web Search:
Finding Needles in a Terabyte Haystack

NEC Auditorium, B03,
Gates Computer Science Building, Stanford University
Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm, Gates Computer Science Building:
This is my first visit to the Bill Gates Computer Science Building. Built in 1996, it blended right in with the older buildings in the quad, instead of towering above them. The lecture hall in the basement B03 was nearly full and I got a seat in the front row. The Stanford professor (?) introduced Urs Hölzle as the CTO of Google, who received a warm ovation. Urs showed 42 slides in his PowerPoint presentation. Here are my notes of his slides and the Q&A session. When asked by the audience whether his presentation is available on the web, Urs said "No, some of the material presented here are proprietary information, and some of the data will be outdated soon." After the lecture Urs brought out four giant boxes of Google T-shirts for men & women which were quickly snatched up by the Stanford students. In addition to my Google notes taken at the lecture, I've added web links to Urs Hölzle as well as current news stories on Google.

Web Links to Urs Hölzle
Hölzle's Web Page
  (Dept. of Computer Science, University of California-Santa Barbara)
Hölzle's Leonberger Dog Yoshka
  (constructed by Hölzle's wife Geeske)
Google Friends Newsletter for January 31, 2001
  [Google's growth over the last two years was in large part driven by
  an outstanding chief engineer, Urs Hoelzle. Urs took on the temporary
  assignment of managing the then small engineering staff early in 1999.
  Over the past year, he developed the staff (along with Google's technology)
  to its current industry leadership position. In recognition of his contributions
  and his desire to focus more on technology development, Urs has been named
  the very first Google Fellow.]
Google Linux Cluster talk by Urs Hölzle
  (University of Washington-Seattle, November 5, 2002)
Adaptive Optimization for Self:
  Reconciling High Performance with Exploratory Programming
  (Technical Reports TR-95-35, Sun Microsystems, March 1995)

Google News from New York Times:
Microsoft and Google: Partners or Rivals?
  (By JOHN MARKOFF & ANDREW ROSS SORKIN, NY Times, Oct. 31, 2003)
Google's Popular Toolbar
  (By LISA GUERNSEY, NY Times, 10-30-2003)
Google Said to Consider Online Auction of I.P.O. Shares
  (By RICHARD WATERS, FT.com, NY Times, Oct. 24, 2003)
Frequent Search Engine Users, Google Is Watching and Counting
  (By Lisa Napoli, NY Times, Oct. 6, 2003)
SEARCH ENGINE SOCIETY: As Google Goes, So Goes the Nation
  (By Geoffrey Nunberg, NY Times, May 18, 2003)
COMPRESSED DATA: Google Hiring Engineers for a New York Office
  (By David F. Gallagher, NY Times, May 12, 2003)
In Searching the Web, Google Finds Riches
  (By John Markoff & G. Pascal Zachary, NY Times, April 13, 2003)

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