Consider the hardware: a computer system with close to 400 parallel
processors, 100 terabytes of disk space, hundreds of gigs of RAM,
all for under a half-million dollars. As you'll read in this in
interview, the folks at the Archive have turned clusters of PCs into
a single parallel computer running the biggest database in
existence—and wrote their own operating system, P2, which allows
programmers with no expertise in parallel systems to program the
The Wayback Machine Works
I find this stuff facinating. Google runs off 8,000 servers, this site
has 100 terabytes of storage, and my friend Kelly works at a place that processes
gigs of log files every day.
He said that before he optimized the processing, it sometimes took about 30
hours to process one day's worth of logs. Now, it can finish (for a real
busy day) in under 22 hours. He works for a really busy site and I
found the inner workings quite interesting.
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