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Urs Hölzle

Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure & Google Fellow


Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow  & Speaker at the WORLDWEBFORUM 2017

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Urs Hölzle about his vision of fostering innovation






Urs Hölzle - Infrastructure for the Long Term





















Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure & Google Fellow, Google Inc.
Urs oversees the design and operation of the servers, networks, and data centers that power Google's services, as well as the development of the software infrastructure used by Google’s applications. He joined as the company's first vice president of engineering and led the development of Google's original technical infrastructure.

Google’s technical infrastructure is one of the secrets as to why Google’s search engine is so fast. The highly efficient data centers and servers developed by Urs’ team use less than half the energy of a typical data center, setting new standards for the industry.

Urs grew up in Switzerland and received a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich and, as a Fulbright scholar, a Ph.D. from Stanford. He was one of the pioneers of "just-in-time compilation," a fundamental technique used in today's Java compilers and the V8 Javascript VM in the Chrome browser. He is also renowned for both his red socks and establishing Google’s dog-friendly culture with his free-range Leonberger, Yoshka.

As a professor at UCSB, Urs received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on high-performance implementations of object-oriented languages. He has authored numerous scientific papers and U.S. patents and is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. Urs serves on the board of the US World Wildlife Fund and also oversees the company's involvement with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, which Google co-founded with Intel and WWF.