On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Amir Michael. Join us as we listen to stories of growing up and coming up in Silicon Valley, from answering a Craigslist ad during the Dot Com Bust for a company with a funny name, through starting a project at Facebook that became an industry-wide movement -- with many exciting tales in between!
Some of the highlights of the show include:
- Silcon wafers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wafer_(electronics)
- The "Turbo button": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_button
- BBSs: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/11/the-lost-civilization-of-dial-up-bulletin-board-systems/506465/
- Turbo Pascal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_Pascal
- Anders Hejlsberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Hejlsberg
- UCSB's Basic Undergraduate RISC Processor (BURP): https://www.ece.ucsb.edu/~strukov/ece152BSpring2012/Labs/Lab2.pdf
- Thermal grease: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_grease
- "The Datacenter as Computer: Designing Warehouse-Scale Machines" https://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/pdf/10.2200/S00874ED3V01Y201809CAC046
- Sun Modular Data Center, née Project Blackbox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Modular_Datacenter
- Google Modular Data Center: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Modular_Data_Center
- SPD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_presence_detect
- DRAM training: https://www.systemverilog.io/ddr4-initialization-and-calibration
- Origins of 19" rack: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19-inch_rack#Overview_and_history
- Open Compute Project: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Compute_Project
- Facebook Wedge switch: https://engineering.fb.com/data-center-engineering/facebook-open-switching-system-fboss-and-wedge-in-the-open/
- Backblaze drive reports: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-hard-drive-stats-q1-2019/
- Busbar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busbar
What is On The Metal?
As a part of starting Oxide Computer Company, Bryan Cantrill and Jess Frazelle decided to also create the podcast that they always wanted. Joined frequently by their boss, Steve Tuck, Bryan and Jess interview incredible guests retelling stories of adventure at the hardware/software interface. It’s unapologetically technical and as Jess says, “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet” -- but if you're their kind of nerd, you'll find yourself hanging on every word!