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Google: several million processors

Nick Carr (whom I’ve never met but insist on calling “Nick” like we know each other because it makes me look like one of the cool kids) has a post with an interesting factoid.

The article is about two new special-purpose enterprise supercomputers. The first is IBM’s new Cell-processor-sporting mainframe, designed as “a server system capable of permitting hundreds of thousands of computer users to interact in a three-dimensional simulated on-screen world,” according to Nick’s article. More from IBM here.

The second is Sun’s new video server.

The Sun machine, designed by Andreas Bechtolsheim, is a video server system that is “potentially powerful enough to transmit different standard video streams simultaneously to everyone watching TV in a city the size of New York.”

More from Sun here.

Those are of passing interest to this community, which is why I hadn’t covered them previously. But the most interesting thing for me was the statistic quoted by Nick from his source article, a piece by John Markoff.

Google’s computing prowess has now reached several million processors, according to one person with detailed knowledge of the system.

Holy power bill, Batman.

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