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November 10, 2015


William Tetzlaff

William Tetzlaff

SOSP 2015, was a few weeks ago, and I have a few anecdotal observations. This was the 25th SOSP, which is the premier systems conference, which has run every other year for 50 years. In the set of retrospective talks about contributions to systems technology, for fifty years, IBM was clearly the most mentioned company. On the other hand, by attendance, speakers, poster sessions, and the small exhibit area, the movers and shakers in Systems are now Face Book, Amazon, and Google. These are companies that are not just satisfying customer needs, using the internet, they are also innovators in the boiler room, building scalable infrastructure.

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