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Salim Virji has been developing software and administering systems for 20 years. After working as an applications software engineer at several startups, he found his interest drawn to distributed file systems and cluster computing while pursuing a hobby project with friends.
At Google, he has worked on developing and deploying the company's core software building blocks. Since 2003, he has held the the position of Site Reliability Engineer, responsible for technical infrastructure such as Bigtable, Chubby, and GFS; more recently, he has joined the team developing software infrastructure for Google Apps such as Docs and Presentations. He also collaborates with Google's in-house training programs for engineers, developing curriculum and presenting hands-on workshops to introduce engineers to Google technology and techniques.
He received an A.B. in Classics from the University of Chicago.