The Google Cluster Architecture

Monday 19 May 2003This is 20 years old. Be careful.

Web Search for a Planet is an overview of how Google manages their enormous throughput of extremely expensive queries. The answer may surprise you: tons of cheap PCs.

A similar paper is The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, written by the founders themselves while still at Stanford. I can’t vouch for how much of it is still accurate, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.


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