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Re: Google: Fiber, 5000 processors and 3.5 petabytes storage in one box

  • Subject: Re: Google: Fiber, 5000 processors and 3.5 petabytes storage in one box
  • From: Guy Macon <http://www.guymacon.com/>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 18:54:20 +0000
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: <a href="http://www.guymacon.com/"> http://www.guymacon.com/ </a>
  • References: <dlqe24$1q8c$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk>
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk alt.internet.search-engines:71667


Roy Schestowitz wrote:

>beat.net writes "Robert X. Cringely details the plan for all the dark fiber
>Google has been buying up: "The probable answer lies in one of Google's
>underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area
>off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't
>just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data
>center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure
>out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and
>power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We're talking about 5000 Opteron
>processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off
>overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these
>puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire
>Internet into a giant processing and storage grid. While Google could put
>these containers anywhere, it makes the most sense to place them at Internet
>peering points, of which there are about 300 worldwide.""
>
>http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/20/1514244&tid=217

Alas, the heat sink fins take another tractor-trailer to move, and 
the fan is twelve feet across...  :)

-- 
Guy Macon <http://www.guymacon.com/>


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