A data center or computer centre (also datacenter) is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_center]
2 weeks ago, a post on Google's official blog announced a project that allows users to step inside the private world of its data centers. For the first time, the company's impressive efficiency records and green ethos have been given a face in the form of the stunning photographs by Connie Zhou and the Street View-able hallways of the Lenoir facility in North Carolina...
See the search globe yourself, best viewed in google chrome
Developed and designed by the Google Data Arts Team using WebGL, the backend of the technology uses your computer’s hardware to generate fast, 3D graphics. Google says that in order to use Search Globe you need a WebGL-enabled browser (like Google Chrome), to see the Globe.
and they open source the project so developers can build their own globe
The WebGL Globe is an open platform for visualizing geographic information in WebGL enabled browsers. It supports data in JSON format, a sample of which you can find here. dat.globe makes heavy use of the Three.js library, and is still in early open development.
Get the code at https://github.com/dataarts/dat.globe
Google’s Jeff Dean was one of the keynote speakers at an ACM workshop on large-scale computing systems, and discussed some of the technical details of the company’s mighty infrastructure, which is spread across dozens of data centers around the world. His presentation give some insight about what’s going on at Google, and how they have found innovative solutions to meet their never ending quest of speed and bandwidth usage. All their figures have impressed me a lot!
You will learn some of their in house technologies, aka
Read now this great document online http://www.cs.cornell.edu/projects/ladis2009/talks/dean-keynote-ladis2009.pdf (if it disappear, ask me for a copy)
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