What can't you find on Google? Vital statistics

An Anonymous Patron writes The Observer has this story on Google.

"The computing engine that powers Google is the largest cluster of Linux servers in the history of the world. One university presentation, for example, claimed that Google handled 150 million queries a day, and 1,000 per second at peak times. They also claim to have '4+ petabytes' of disk storage, and have let slip that each server is fitted with two 80 gigabyte hard drives. Now a petabyte is 10 to the power of 15 bytes, so if Google had only 10,000 servers, that would come to 400 Gb per server."

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What google was before google was

Years ago there was no google. There were a few guys at stanford working on something called backrub.stanford.edu. I thought that was a neat thing then and I read their website and some of their papers they posted.

I also though it was cool that they cobbled this thing together from donated hardware and legos.


If you want to see what google was before google was go to http://oneil.cx/googlepix/googlehardware.html

I saved that page from a long time ago, the lete 90's - eons according to Moore's Law. I don't own the pics nor the words, I didn't write them or take them. If you want to use them write to Sergey or Larry or whomever took them.

Oh, I wouldn't say that

I decided to test the statement that you couldn't find vital statistics on Google and typed in: "36 - 24 - 36".

Got back 24,500 results.

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