Department of Computer Science

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
B14 Hollister Hall

Amit Singhal

Challenges in Running a Commercial Web Search Engine

Ever wondered what it takes to run a search engine like Google? Ever wondered what challenges the "real" web poses for a search engine?

Ever wondered how algorithm design works in face of these challenges?

Ever wondered what systems Google needs to build to serve over 250 million queries a day? Ever heard the phrase "if it can go wrong... it will...?"

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then this talk is for you. Come, learn a little more about what algorithmic and systems challenges Google faces and how it attacks some of these challenges.


Bio: Amit Singhal is a Principal Scientist at Google. Amit received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from (where else) Cornell under the guidance of (late) Prof. Gerard Salton, one of the founders of the field of modern Information Retrieval. Between Cornell and Google, Amit spent four years at AT&T Labs. Visit to learn more about him.