What does building system software feel like? What does a long term career in Systems Programming look like? What kind of mindset and skills are required to succeed here? What are some misconceptions about this field? ​

We discuss all this with Arun Raghavan. Arun runs a system software consultancy called Asymptotic.io. He has been a long term contributor to multimedia frameworks like GStreamer and PulseAudio. He has been developing software for over 15 years and has worked at companies like Nvidia and Collabora.

Arun's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arunsraghavan/


Episode length: 34 min | Listen on: Spotify | Google | Apple | More options


Mentioned in this episode

1. Systems Programming - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_programming

2. GStreamer - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GStreamer

3. PulseAudio - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PulseAudio

4. PipeWire - https://pipewire.org/

5. Collabora - https://www.collabora.com/

6. Asymptotic.io - https://asymptotic.io/

7. Electronic Design Automation - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_design_automation

8. Bit banging - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_banging

9. I-square C - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%C2%B2C

10. System on a Chip - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_on_a_chip

11. DLNA - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Living_Network_Alliance

12. H.264 - https://www.haivision.com/resources/streaming-video-definitions/h-264/

13. Abhinav Sarkar - https://abhinavsarkar.net/

14. V8 Javascript Engine - https://v8.dev/

15. libuv - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libuv

16. NodeJS - https://nodejs.org/en/about/

17. Rust - https://www.rust-lang.org/

18. Lua - https://www.lua.org/about.html

19. Haskell - https://www.haskell.org/

20. NeoVim - https://neovim.io/

21. Arun's Twitter id - https://twitter.com/louiswu

22. Arun's email - arun@asymptotic.io

How does one get into positions of leadership and influence, while staying on a technical career path? What does a Principal Engineer bring to the table at a top tier technology company like Amazon? To share his perspective, we have with us Saurabh Shrivastava, Principal Engineer at Amazon.


Saurabh has two decades of experience in roles spanning software engineering and management. Most recently, he was a Director at Nuage Networks before joining Amazon. He has a unique point of view on leadership in both the technical and management ladders.


Saurabh's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gokodo/


Episode length: 21 min | Listen on: Spotify | Google | Apple | More options


Mentioned in this episode:

1. Decentralized Finance: https://defi-learning.org/

2. MIT Undergraduate Course in AI: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-034-artificial-intelligence-spring-2005/

3. Nuage Networks: https://www.nuagenetworks.net/

4. At Scale Conference: https://atscaleconference.com/

5. NSDI Conference: https://www.usenix.org/conference/nsdi21

6. HotOS Conference: https://sigops.org/s/conferences/hotos/2021/index.html

7. Andrej Karpathy, Director of AI at Tesla: https://twitter.com/karpathy

Working in the industry and working in academia - there are a lot of differences between the two. You may discover your desire for academic research and teaching at any point in your career, including after you begin your career in the industry. How do you make the switch and what should you know before you do?


We talk about this with Shruthi N, Asst. Professor in Department of Electronics & Communication engineering at BNMIT, Bangalore. Shruthi has worked in the industry for 3.5 years and has been with academia for 7 years. She cares about her students and is passionate about helping them find the best in themselves.


Episode length: 31 min | Listen on: Spotify | Google | Apple | More options