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Data @Scale 2017 Recap | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

On Thursday June 8th, we welcomed 350 engineers to Seattle for the 3rd consecutive year of Data @Scale. In addition to focusing on the challenges of building services and solutions for large-scale storage systems and analytics, this year’s speakers from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pinterest, Uber, and Yandex examined the ways in which Big Data is transforming machine learning, even as new machine learning techniques are leading to an evolution in infrastructure, hardware engineering, and data center design. In advance…

Open Sourcing Bullet, Yahoo’s Forward-Looking…

By Michael Natkovich, Akshai Sarma, Nathan Speidel, Marcus Svedman, and Cat Utah Big Data is no longer just Apache server logs. Nowadays, the data may be user engagement data, performance metrics, IoT (Internet of Things) data, or something else completely atypical. Regardless of the size of the data, or the type of querying patterns on it (exploratory, ad-hoc, periodic, long-term, etc.), everyone wants queries to be as fast as possible and cheap to run in terms of resources. Data can…

Constructing a Seamless Flow: Meet Uber Engineering’s Developer Experience Team

Behind the scenes, Uber’s Developer Experience (Dev Exp) team empowers our engineers to seamlessly conceptualize, create, and deploy technologies at scale. Located in our San Francisco, Seattle, and Vilnius offices, Dev Exp falls under the larger umbrella of Uber’s Infrastructure group and includes members of Uber’s Information Platform, Engineering Training & Development, and Service & Language Framework teams. This hardworking group of technical writers, educators, and developers supports our engineers through documentation, training courses, build systems, and development frameworks, among…

Tumblr Engineering — Jetpants Integration Testing

Tumblr is a big user of MySQL, and MySQL automation at Tumblr is centered around a tool we built called Jetpants. Jetpants does an incredible job making risky operations safe and reliable, even fairly complex tasks like replacing failed master servers, or splitting a shard. While Jetpants is an incredibly effective and valuable tool for Tumblr’s day-to-day operation, it has remained very difficult to implement a meaningful testing framework. Integration testing at this level is very challenging. In this article…

Engineers test resilient, intelligent infrastructure

Researchers from the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction glue fiber-optic sensors to a test pipe in Cornell’s Geotechnical Lifelines Large-Scale Testing Facility. Credit: Cornell University Like many of today’s household devices, modern infrastructure is gaining the ability to collect and exchange valuable data using wireless devices that monitor the health of buildings and bridges, for example, in real time. But wireless systems for underground infrastructure, such as utility pipelines, are much more difficult to test in the field,…

Deal or no deal? Training AI bots to negotiate | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

From the moment we wake up, our days are filled with a constant flow of negotiations. These scenarios range from discussing what TV channel to watch to convincing your kids to eat their vegetables or trying to get a better price on something. What these all have in common is that they require complex communication and reasoning skills, which are attributes not inherently found in computers. To date, existing work on chatbots has led to systems that can hold short…

Introducing Highlights – Several People Are Coding

Since launching in 2013, Slack has helped millions of users across hundreds of thousands of teams communicate more efficiently, effectively, and transparently. But as Slack lowers the barriers to communicating internally, the volume of communication that results can be overwhelming. McKinsey estimates that knowledge workers spend 28% of their time managing digital information; accordingly, proactively helping users combat information overload is one of the top priorities of Slack’s Search, Learning, and Intelligence (SLI) group in New York City. As a…

Printed sensors monitor tire wear in real time

Demonstration of the printed carbon nanotubes on a flexible surface. The prototype tire tread sensor (middle) is flanked by the logos of Duke University and Fetch Automotive Design Group. Credit: Amanda Dixon, Duke University Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin. If adopted, the device will increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce…

The Centre Of Subtle Divine Powers – Intellectual Sheath

The Intellectual Sheath is that deep core of the soul consciousness, which is directly connected to the cosmic consciousness. The food, Vital Force and Mental Sheath remain within the periphery of the individual consciousness. The benefits of its advancement can be clearly seen in the individual progress of a human being. People of the contact area benefit greatly. Via a powerful body, radiant talent and high intellectual capabilities, so many important tasks can be executed successfully. The individual personality radiates…

Shape, size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA — ScienceDaily

Every day our bodies come under a barrage of toxic agents — cigarette smoke, the sun, free radicals and other carcinogenic substances — that create damaging lesions in our DNA that can initiate cancer and other human diseases. Fortunately, nature has provided living organisms with repair processes to seek out and remove such dangerous lesions; repair allows the DNA to be restored to its original base sequence so it can carry out its fundamental jobs: to be replicated and to…