Dr. Eric Brewer is a vice president of infrastructure at Google. He pioneered the use of clusters of commodity servers for Internet services, based on his research at UC Berkeley. His “CAP Theorem” covers basics tradeoffs required in the design of distributed systems and followed from his work on a wide variety of systems, from live services, to caching and distribution services, to sensor networks. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and winner of the ACM Infosys Foundation award for his work on large-scale services. Eric was named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and “most influential person on the architecture of the Internet” by InfoWorld.
He founded Inktomi Corporation in 1996 and helped lead it onto the NASDAQ 100 before it was bought by Yahoo! in 2003. In 2000, working with President Clinton, he created the official portal of the US government.
His most recent work involves technology for developing regions, including connectivity, healthcare and education, with projects in India, Ghana, Uganda, and Senegal among others.
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