Google's cluster (fwd)

Eugen Leitl
Mon, 17 Mar 2003 13:05:24 +0100 (CET)

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Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 23:37:51 -0800 (PST)
From: Alvin Oga <>
To: Greg Lindahl <>
Subject: Re: Google's cluster

On Sat, 15 Mar 2003, Greg Lindahl wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 15, 2003 at 04:11:54PM -0500, Tom A Krewson wrote:
> > Does anyone know what software/hardware/interconnect they are using on the
> > linux cluster running at the Google search engine company?
> It's well known: the cheapest intel boxes they can buy, and 100 megabit
> ethernet. The rocket science is in the software, not the hardware.

they also just use network boot ( pxe ) to install their generic server
and google patches on top of redhat ( last i heard )... 

and its tweeked at the last minute to become a db frontend or webserver
frontend when its deployed 

and if the machines die... they leave it there .... its not fixed 
( they've got thousands of dead boxes sitting there

and they use high speed dark fiber to transfer data between their
( say between sf, ny, dalla ... forgot the exact cities its located in )

--- and thought the largest "cluster" was the "seti network" ( search for
    extraterrestial screeen saver thingie )  and also

c ya

-- startrek ... teraquads ... its late ...
	- if a byte is 8 bits...
	- a word is 16...
	- a quad is 32bits...
	--> does that mean that 200GB disks is just 50 teraquads ??

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