Network engineers need to embrace “the new paradigm”, a senior executive from Google’s network engineering division has said, as he unveiled a new policy for engineers.
“If you’re an engineer at Google, it’s OK to have a different perspective on the network,” said Paul Allen, chief executive of Google’s engineering network.
“We are building this system to serve you and to support your work.
If you have a problem, or an opportunity, you’re going to have to think differently,” he told employees.
It’s hard to know exactly what the future of the network will look like, but you can make predictions about the network as a whole,” Mr Allen said.””
If you have that view, you’ll be much better able to tackle these challenges.”
“It’s hard to know exactly what the future of the network will look like, but you can make predictions about the network as a whole,” Mr Allen said.
“You can’t predict the future and you can’t expect it.
The network is an ever-evolving, ever-changing thing.”
Mr Allen said it was crucial to embrace new technologies.
“I believe that as an engineer, you should be able to see the future.
If I’m building something and I see something that makes me think ‘wow, that’s exciting, let’s build it and see what happens’, that’s an important part of the job,” he said.
In a similar vein, he said engineers should be “a little bit more open to the new paradigms” of network architecture and network engineering.
“It seems that people think network engineers should have an understanding of how to design a network and understand what the network is and how it works, and then we don’t,” he added.
“And then when you see it and you understand it, you want to build it.”
Mr Gates said the shift in how engineers are trained, with the emphasis on learning new technologies and new technologies that support it, would be “transformational”.
“In the long term, we need to make sure that the network engineer gets a good, solid foundation,” he noted.
“In particular, I’m concerned about the problem of ‘learning by doing’.”
We need to give engineers a solid foundation of thinking and building a system that they can work with, and that’s where a lot of this innovation happens.
“Mr Geller, a professor of computer science and director of the Centre for Data and Computing at the University of Melbourne, said there were significant challenges in developing networks and applications that could be run in real-time and without interruption.”
As engineers, we’re the ones who are going to do all the network engineering,” he explained.”
So we’re going be able and motivated to go to some really high-demand areas and create applications, and the applications are going be used to improve our own networks.””
There’s always going to be an opportunity for engineers to be better network engineers and there’s always a risk that they’re going too far.
“Mr Jepson, who is in charge of the engineering network team, also spoke at the event.”
When you look at the way the internet works, you know it’s a huge thing,” he argued.”
There are people out there doing the engineering, they’re doing the network and they’re thinking about the application.
“But we’re also seeing engineers that are doing the networking, doing the system design and they are thinking about how to make it scalable, how to support it and how to provide a great experience for users.”