Brian F. Cooper


Contact information:
cooperb at google com (work)
brianfrankcooper at gmail com (personal)
twitter: @brianfcooper

I am a software engineer at Google. Before that, I was a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research. Before that I was an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, and before that I was a PhD student at Stanford.

My interests are in massive scale software systems that handle huge amounts of data. At Google, I work on big distributed databases. In previous lives I have worked on web search ranking, cloud computing, distributed and parallel databases, self-adaptive peer-to-peer systems, distributed streaming event processing, reliable distributed archival data storage, and XML indexing.

At Google, I work on the Spanner team. My focus is on the distributed concurrency and replication mechanism of Spanner, but I also work on a variety of things in many parts of the system. I also manage part of the development team.

I taught CS 347, Parallel and Distributed Data Management, at Stanford University in the Spring of 2015 as a visiting lecturer.

At Yahoo! I did database research. Here are some cool things I did there:

  • I was a key technical architect for PNUTS/Sherpa, Yahoo's record-oriented cloud database. The system is in production serving a variety of user-facing and back-end applications. Information about PNUTS: VLDB paperPowerpoint overview.
  • I worked on Feeding Frenzy, a set of techniques for optimizing applications like Twitter and Facebook (and our own Yahoo! Updates) by adaptively pushing or pulling updates. Information about Feeding Frenzy: SIGMOD paperblog post.
  • I built the Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) for cloud serving systems like PNUTS, Cassandra, HBase and so on, and used it to draw some conclusions about the relative strengths and weaknesses of different serving systems. Information about YCSB: ACM SoCC paperPowerpoint overview/SoCC talksource code.

For more work that I have done, take a look at my Publications.

External things

In the past I've been a PC member for SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, ACM Middleware, and other conferences and workshops, track chair for High Performance Transaction Management for ICDE 2015, and have reviewed papers for ACM TODS, IEEE TPDS, IEEE TKDE, and other journals.

Conferences and Workshops I have helped organize:


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