Google Stuff

Anybody that knows me will tell you that I am a strong advocate of Google. When somebody asks me a question and I don't know, my response is “...google it!” Today I wanted to find out about the DCE of Longhorn, so I did a search for 'desktop composite engine longhorn' and then just began reading... After a while I found myself a some dudes blog and he had all kinds of really cool information about Google (don't ask me how I got there, but I did). I highly recommend that you read some of his stuff if you are as intrigued as I am by the infrastructure that Google has created in the last 10 years. Here is the link to the best article I found: http://blog.topix.net/archives/000016.html

Here is a taste of some of the information that I was reading:

“...It includes a petabyte, distributed, fault tolerant filesystem, distributed RPC code, probably network shared memory and process migration. And a datacenter management system which lets a handful of ops engineers effectively run 100,000 servers. Any of these projects could be the sole focus of a startup.

I found that a petabyte is a lot of bytes:

pet·a·byte (pet'?-bit)
n.

  1. A unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,024 terabytes (250 bytes).
  2. One quadrillion bytes.”

God bless Google!

Print | posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 11:54 AM