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Category: Mechanical Engineering

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

If you fancy working at offshore oil rigs, chances of experiencing a challenging and financially rewarding job is there. It’s definitely going to be a fun, tough, exciting job. I’ve experience it before and I know how it feels like. However, before you can work there, you need to have an offshore passport and one of the important requirement to obtain the offshore passport is to undergo Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET). In United States, HUET is known as Helicopter…

It’s not about Bolt and Nuts, It’s about Torque as well

I thought I’d do a post about some of the tools used in engineering. And, as I never like to generalise or skirt over a detailed topic, I’ve decided to focus in on torque devices and nuts and bolts. Previously, I only knew a little about nuts and bolts. I do have some practical experiences dealing with various types and sizes of nuts and bolts to hold flanges and plate heat exchanger frames. That experience I gained when I was…

Bug Prediction at Google

What’s the problem? Here at Google, we have thousands of engineers working on our code base every day. In fact, as previously noted, 50% of the Google code base changes every month. That’s a lot of code and a lot of people. In order to ensure that our code base stays healthy, Google primarily employs unit testing and code review for all new check-ins. When a piece of code is ready for submission, not only should all the current tests…

Build in the Cloud: How the Build System works

This is the second in a four part series describing how we use the cloud to scale building and testing of software at Google. This series elaborates on a presentation given during the Pre-GTAC 2010 event in Hyderabad. Please see our first post in the series for a description how we access our code repository in a scalable way. To get a sense of the scale and details on the types of problems we are solving in Engineering Tools at…

Are SSDs a silver bullet to improve IntelliJ’s indexing performance?

[cross post from http://inside-intellij.blogspot.com/2010/09/is-there-silver-bullet-to-improve.html] We are the IntelliJ IDE team at Google. We develop IntelliJ code (plugins and patches) to provide a seamless integration with Google’s unique build system, and make IntelliJ scale to Google’s huge and rapidly changing codebase performance-wise. We recently investigated whether using Solid State Devices (SSDs) could improve indexing performance for large projects. We decided to share our analysis and results here for the benefit of our Engineering Tools blog readers. First, what do we mean…

C++ at Google: Here Be Dragons

(Cross-posted on the LLVM Project Blog) Google has one of the largest monolithic C++ codebases in the world. We have thousands of engineers working on millions of lines of C++ code every day. To help keep the entire thing running and all these engineers fast and productive we have had to build some unique C++ tools, centering around the Clang C++ compiler. These help engineers understand their code and prevent bugs before they get to our production systems. Of course,…