Luiz André Barroso

      Luiz André Barroso

About me

I am a Google Fellow and the head of the office of Cross-Google Engineering (xGE) which is responsible for company-wide technical coordination. In my time at Google I have worked as a VP of Engineering in the Core and Maps teams, and as the technical leader in areas such as Google Search and the design of Google‘s computing platform. I have authored research articles in computer architecture, energy efficient computing and distributed systems. I also co-wrote "The Datacenter as a Computer", the first textbook to describe the architecture of warehouse-scale computing systems, now in its 3rd edition. Before Google I was a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq, where our group did some of the pioneering research on modern multi-core microprocessors. Since September of 2022 I have been in the board of directors of the Rainforest Trust
I am a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of the 2020 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Eckert Mauchly award. From 2013-2019 I have served on the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.


September 2021: I was interviewed by Rashmi Mohan for the ACM podcast series ByteCast

July 2021: I played guitars and bass on Catherine Warner's new single Small to All.

June 2021: I'm joined by Amin Vahdat to talk about the history of Google's datacenter innovations in the Moore's Lobby Podcast.

April 2021: My 2020 Eckert-Mauchly Award lecture is now available as an IEEE Micro article and a video.

December 2020: Get alerted to COVID-19 exposure. Google and Apple have partnered with public health authorities worldwide to provide privacy-preserving exposure notification technology. Popular Science's Innovation of the Year in 2020.

December 2020: Where the Internet lives is a 6-part podcast exporing the unseen world of Datacenters through through the voices of the people who design and operate them.

February 2019: Our Google Maps and AR teams are rolling out a new technology for accurate localization and pose in Google Maps walking navigation. See the blog post and a review from the WSJ.

January 2019: A short video on Google's quest to build useful maps.

November 2018: The 3rd edition of our book, The Datacenter as a Computer: Designing Warehouse-Scale Machines, is finally out. As with the previous editions you can download the pdf version for free.

September 2018: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi have announced they will adopt Android (including Google Maps and Assistant) in their cars.

September 2018: Our team has announced a tool to help local governments measure their environmental impact, including carbon emissions from transportation and buildings (more at the Environmental Insights Explorer). See the Google blog post and a video describing the initiative.

September 2018: In a partnership with the NGO Addressing the Unaddressed our team is bringing postal addresses to slum dwellers in Kolkata (see video here).

September 2017: Wired magazine has writen an article about our latest StreetView cars and related computer vision technology. The accompanying video featuring some of my colleagues is worth a watch.

April, 2017: Have you tried the new Google Earth?