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Very little on this page can be cited; each fact should be linked to a Google 'public annoucement'. e.g. has Google published how high their cooling towers are?

How could the image showing Google's first production server rack be taken in 1991 when a Canon EOS 5D was used? Just curious, but the camera was released on August 22, 2005 which proves that the metadata is false.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:18, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Servers section[edit]

Unsure about the Servers section of the article and how it relates to the Google Filesystem, which employs a hierarchy of Master Server, Replica Servers, Chunk Servers, and eventually clients themselves. [1] --Sgkay 19:21, 28 September 2005 (UTC)


I have an objection to "THz" as a measure of computing power. This seems to be a reference to simply summing the clock speeds of a number of different computers (like saying that 5 machines with 500 MHz clocks will have "2.5 GHz" of processing power). This additive measure is very misleading; why not phrase the calculation in terms of a unit that is meaningful?

I also am concerned about saying that Blue Gene is the fastest computer available to humanity. Is there a problem about classified military computers, which may be faster than the computers that enter the TOP500 competition? Schoen 18:52, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

I agree that the Thz is suboptimal, but we are quoting from somebody else's estimate, and we can't really change that. The Teraflop number given later in the article is a common measure of supercomputer power. I'll reformulate the Blue Gene bit to address your objection. AxelBoldt 23:15, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Bizarre Supercomputer Claim[edit]

"According to this estimate, the Google server farm constitutes one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. At 126–316 teraflops, it can perform at over one third the speed of the Blue Gene supercomputer, which is (as of 2005) the top entry in the TOP500 list of most powerful unclassified computing machines available to humanity."

What nonsense. Can anyone think of anything less mad to say on the subject? I am reminded of claims that the IBM Cell is a supercomputer on the basis of its FLOP score. Rsynnott 00:57, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

The Top500 has its own degree of nonsense; it is based purely on a Linpack score, not real-world applications. That being said, the Google server farm would probably have trouble even getting a high Linpack score because of low-performance interconnect (GigE instead of InfiniBand, etc). Google server farm is a massive web server, not a general purpose supercomputer. --Westwind273 (talk) 19:08, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Need estimate of megawatts and electricity costs[edit]

Added estimate of electricity power costs at 5-8 cents/kwh, 65,000-100,000 servers at 100-200 watts each ~= up to 20 MW with a cost of 1.2 million $ / month.

Server hardware and software says nothing about software[edit]

Change it to just Server hardware? New299 12:22, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Other Google centers[edit]

Could we add a list of all Google centers around the globe, where Google has GFS servers? Peter S. 15:34, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

I have added the claim about Australian Data Centre. ITNews also refers (see ref for AustDC) to a Japan Data Centre, although I believe their claim that Australian requests are served from Japan before the Aust Data Centre was put in is probably inaccurate as I believe the links from Australian to West Coast USA are bigger than our links to Japan. My old traceroutes also used to goto West Coast USA. Also this Aust DC has been around for quite a while.
I do believe we should expand the list of Data Centres, but finding out where there might be a problem as Google seems to be secretive about it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:11, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Google has a list of datacenters here The list is (at december 2011): `a5b (talk) 13:45, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

  • Berkeley County, South Carolina ("Mount Holly Industrial Park between the towns of Goose Creek and Moncks Corner"). 41.220856,-95.888154
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa ("on the border of Iowa and Nebraska") 37.0625,-95.677068
  • Douglas County, Georgia ("just outside of Atlanta") 33.75841,-84.637448
  • Mayes County, Oklahoma; 4581 Webb Street, Pryor, OK 74361 (Pryor Creek Datacenter; "middle of Mayes County")
  • Lenoir, North Carolina; 708 Lynhaven Drive, Lenoir NC 28645 (Lenoir Datacenter)
  • The Dalles, Oregon; 161 Steelhead Way, The Dalles, OR
  • Hamina, Finland ("former paper mill on the Bay of Finland"), 37.0625,-95.677068
  • St Ghislain, Belgium, 35.690921,139.700258
  • Hong Kong ("Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in Kowloon") 37.0625,-95.677068
  • Singapore 1.351579,103.709521

Current Hardware[edit]

Seems out of date. I'm seriously wondering if they're still using 80GB hd's on their 1.4 Mhz procs, with 256 MB ram...? 00:03, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Server Operation[edit]

From what I know, and from the published paper on GoogleFS, I find it highly unlikely that they use RAID-1 in their production, data center nodes. The whole architecture is designed to workaround commodity hardware, using commodity hardware -- except in low capacity operations where it makes sense to use specialised hardware. 03:57, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Article name?[edit]

Is Google platform an accepted/official term. If not, I suggest this article be more properly (syntatically) called Google's platform, or even better (from the PoV of clarity), Google's infrastructure/Infrastructure of Google. If it is an accepted term this needs to be reflected by introducing the term in the opening as is done on a normal article. —Joe Llywelyn Griffith Blakesley talk contrib 03:16, 2 July 2007 (UTC)


The Current Hardware section seems out of date with regard to the lead (in fact I am pretty sure it comes from a 2003 document). 1Z 19:28, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

kapasitas google[edit]

berapa server yang digunakan dan jenis servernya? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:06, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Google Platform images[edit]

I noticed one of the graphics on the page which shows the load balancing does not have English text on it. Since this is the English Wikipedia, it would be nice if the original graphic designer could permit it to be translated or an English equivalent supplied. Granted, most people reading this article will know what the image means; however, it doesn't mean that it is acceptable to have non-English text when an English equivalent is more than possible. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:00, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

greenwashing google's Council Bluffs farm[edit]

The comment about google trying to be green by locating in Council Bluffs is unsubstantiated by the citation provided. That reference only comments about the energy resources in the area being desirable, not that they were green. Considering that the largest coal fired power plant in Iowa just opened up in Council Bluffs last year, the easy answer is that there are in Council Bluffs because of cheap and dirty coal-fired power.

On the other hand, google has made positive environmental moves as a company and through Their "Renewables cheaper than coal" effort is aggressive and worthy of recognition. But that's not relevant to this page.

The text of the page needs to have the "green" reference removed or substantiated. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:38, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

1. April joke?[edit]

Hi, are you guys sure that the "information" from the 2. April are real? Up to now we had no luck finding any sources. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:57, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

This is a reliable site, The CNEWS. Everything, published by CNET is considered Reliable Source. `a5b (talk) 07:14, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
The same information is here: [2] and this book is one of most reliable sources in the field. Author of the book is board member of Google ([3]). `a5b (talk) 02:02, 14 June 2012 (UTC)


Goobuntu redirects here, but there is no mention of it in the article. There is a link from at least the Ubuntu article. What is it?Otus (talk) 10:37, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Just thought I'd echo Otus' cry: I also came here seeking Goobuntu, but it's not mentioned at all here (nor anywhere else). Warrickball (talk) 15:40, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

The article was redirected back in October without discussion. I have reverted the redirect and recreated the article. ~ PaulT+/C 20:14, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Interesting Article on Google and the Linux Kernel[edit]

I don't have time to add this into the article, but maybe someone else would? Basically they run their own customized Linux kernel, starting with 2.4.18 then to 2.6.11 - primarily because they needed SATA support - followed by a 2.6.18-based kernel. They are now working on preparing 2.6.26. (talk) 16:34, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Modular Container Datacenter[edit]

The most glaring issue with this article being out of date is that Google has been moving to a containerized data center since 2005. I'll start listing some links for research, and taking notes here. The main article should at a bare minimum have a section on the containers.

--Mnp (talk) 17:17, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

New lead proposed for this article?[edit]

"Google service and product offerings have greatly extended from its original and predominant search engine [[4]]. Now Google is a major player in online advertisement [[5]], cloud based services (Google Apps for Business [[6]], Gmail [[7]][[8]], Google Docs [[9]], Picasaweb [10]]), content hosting (Youtube, Google AppEngine, Google code) [ref] and is also entering the Social Networking business (Orkut at first, and now Google Plus) [ref]. But how can Google offer all of these services across the world whilst provding the best possible user experience? The answer is the platform - the common base (hardware + software + network) that Google uses to hosts its services on."

And then we could go into the article with up to date details from Google public information (for example historical data can be extracted from [[11]] and platform data is available at [[12]]).

Ludovic.ferre (talk) 07:27, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Original Locations?[edit]

The article states that the server farm was originally spread out over "four sites: two in Silicon Valley, California and one in Virginia." That accounts for three of the four sites. What was the fourth? The cite is a book, so I haven't checked myself. Meviin (talk) 05:04, 23 December 2011 (UTC)


What is the story of the "top of rack" (TOR) acronym? Some aspect of an Ethernet switch? I thought this was just a marketing buzzword, but I wonder if Google coined the term? Or was it Cisco or someone else? Any good definition? I saw it appear in the some Facebook documents too, for the Open Compute Project. Ran across this document from Cisco from 2009 but wonder if it was coined before? W Nowicki (talk) 00:02, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

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