Sunday, November 07, 2004

A (speculative) look inside Google

A (speculative) look inside Google

Thanks to John Topley posting a comment on my blog, I discovered this old but fascinating speculative look inside Google based on published accounts. There are some interesting conclusions in the paper - the key one being that Google is building a general purpose supercomputer that will serve as a platform for running web scale applications. Hmmm ... sounds a lot like Amazon/Yahoo (not so sure about eBay).

The comments are also interesting to read as well - with a few anonymous folks 'showing off' (or flat out lying about) their knowledge of Google internals.

For some meaty information, check out this paper on the Google Filesystem, which talks about the design of Google's petabyte fault-tolerant filesystem that lives on 100,000+ nodes, which was presented at SOSP 2003.

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