Thursday, May 06, 2004

The biggest supercomputer?

This article talks about the world's biggest supercomputers, and specifically is about the 3,300-processor cluster at Weta Digital:The big three, according to the article, are:Why doesn't Google make it onto this list? Estimates of its computing power go as high as 100,000 processors. For example, the NYTimes reports that Google: "consists of more than 54,000 servers designed by google engineers from basic components. It contains about 100,000 processors and 261,000 disks." Anyone know?

The 261,000 disks is also impressive. If you assume they average 50 gigabytes in size, it means that Google has over 13 petabytes of disk space (13,000 terabytes).

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