Crayon Drawing Is a Vital Engineering Skill

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 2:30 pm3:05 pm

Murali Suriar, Google


Software and technology systems are complex and growing more so as time progresses. This challenges the humans responsible for those systems. Complex systems are difficult to understand, and such understanding, once obtained, is difficult to communicate to others. System overview diagrams are one tool that can be very helpful in mitigating these challenges. This talk will walk through system overview diagrams of 2-3 systems from different problem domains, and discuss the benefits such diagrams can yield.

Murali Suriar, Google

Murali Suriar is a lapsed computer science graduate, turned network engineer, turned SRE. Currently working at Google running cluster filesystem and locking services.

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author = {Murali Suriar},
title = {Crayon Drawing Is a Vital Engineering Skill},
year = {2020},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = mar,