San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK:
Powers of Two
- by Chris Palmer, Google Security Engineer
Google software security engineer Chris Palmer will be speaking at Hackbright Academy on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Food wil be served at 6pm, and the tech talk begins at 6:30pm. This is an interactive, exploratory learning session for Hackbright students and alum to learn what Jeff Dean calls "The Numbers Everyone Should Know".
Chris will talk about how to put real-world orders of magnitude on abstract big-O complexity, make back-of-the-envelope estimations, and explore how to use them to reverse engineer real-world large-scale applications like Twitter and Gmail.
Attendees will learn how to ask and begin to answer practical engineering questions like
- "How much RAM does Twitter have to buy?"
- "How can Twitter's name autocompletion work so fast?"
- "What's the lowest possible latency to open a Gmail inbox showing 25 conversations?"
We'll explore algorithms and their complexity from a high-level view and from a low-level view, to help develop intuitions about what computers can really do.
About the Speaker: Chris Palmer works at Google as a software security engineer on Chrome, where he focuses on the security of Chrome for mobile platforms (Android and iOS), and duct-taping over the foibles of the web PKI. Prior to this, Chris was on the Android team at Google. Prior to Google, Chris was the Technology Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a security engineering consultant
at iSEC Partners, and a web developer. Majoring in linguistics and in French literature prepared him well for these careers, weirdly.
When & Where
In addition to the engineering fellowship, Hackbright Academy offers part-time courses in front-end web development for product managers, designers and beginners.