Codename of the day: Sputnik | Best guess on what it is: A log-processing system powering Microsoft’s adCenter online-ad platform
Meaning/context of the codename: I’m not sure of the Microsoft “theme” of which Sputnik is a part. It does seem to be connected to “Cosmos” and “Dryad,” Microsoft’s cloud-storage layer and distributed-computing technology, respectively. Sputnik was the name of Russia’s space program and aircraft used in that program. Russia preferred to call its craft/indefinite satellites “Cosmos,” according to at least one article I found in my searches.
Back story: The Sputnik ETL (extract, transform and load) infrastructure already is powering the paid-search and display events on adCenter, one tipster says. Sputnik is built on top of SQL Server Integration Services. However, unlike SSIS, Sputnik works across distributed systems because it makes use of the Cosmos file system and Dryad distributed-execution technologies.
Additional info: Microsoft is working on making all of the infrastructure powering its cloud-computing services able to work across loosely coupled, distributed, multicore systems. Sputnik is no exception.