Monday, July 03, 2006

NYT on the Google cluster

Saul Hansell and John Markoff at the NYT look at Google's cluster. Some excerpts:
"Google is as much about infrastructure as it is about the search engine," said Martin Reynolds, an analyst with the Gartner Group. "They are building an enormous computing resource on a scale that is almost unimaginable."

The central tenet of [Google's] strategy is that its growing cadre of world-class computer scientists can design a network of machines that can store and process more information more efficiently than anyone else.

"We don't think our competitors can deploy systems cheaper, faster or at scale," Alan Eustace, Google's vice president for research and systems engineering.

"Nobody builds servers as unreliably as we do," [Urs] Holzle [Google Operations SVP] .... "Having lots of relatively unreliable machines and turning them into a reliable service is a hard problem ... That is what we have been doing for a while."
See also Google's publications on Sawzall, MapReduce, Google File System, and the Google cluster.

See also my previous post, "Microsoft is building a Google cluster", where I said, "Microsoft is trying to build a Google-sized cluster, belatedly recognizing that massive computing resources are major force multipliers for those who have them and an insurmountable barrier for those that do not."

See also Paul Kedrosky's summary of the Hansell and Markoff NYT article. Don't miss the comments on Paul's post.

1 comment:

Mark Brown said...

What about my theory that Google is taking over the earth?

Just kidding, but you did ssee the stuff I posted in Jan, feb about google, the dark fiber, the remote datacenter in a truck, the google network,the google ad clusters, the google-tv thing, and soon google-ip?
(my guess)

And you think they DONT want world domination???


well look here for a refresher

and add in the fact that if they have data centers in EVERY RBOC and in MOST cities (via their fiber)
and then they become an ISP
they can then ignore any net neturality stuff...