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  Monday, March 31, 2008 – Permalink –

How Google Works

Fact and not

The magic that makes Google tick

  • Over four billion Web pages, each an average of 10KB, all fully indexed
  • Up to 2,000 PCs in a cluster
  • Over 30 clusters
  • 104 interface languages including Klingon and Tagalog
  • One petabyte of data in a cluster - so much that hard disk error rates of 10-15 begin to be a real issue
  • Sustained transfer rates of 2Gbps in a cluster
  • An expectation that two machines will fail every day in each of the larger clusters
  • No complete system failure since February 2000

Stanford University:
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine
Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page
How Google Works

How Stuff/Google Works

The Economist:
Case History


It's all done with pigeons

[Edited entry from 12/8/2004]

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<Doug Klippert@ 5:59 AM

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