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Computer Racks Then and Now

Computer Racks Then and Now - RF CafeA few weeks ago there were photos circulating showing the grand magnitude of Google's server warehouses that crunch through trillions of bytes of data every day and store practically all the knowledge on Earth. Even though enormous high tech buildings, laboratories, and machines are so commonplace nowadays that we barely manage a feeble "wow" no matter the level of accomplishment, even at something like a million square feet of computers all wired into a massive network to do searches, draw maps, and serve YouTube videos. It made me think of the pictures on The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, Google allows first ever look at the eight vast data centres that power the online world - RF CafeU.K., where the number of valve (vacuum tube) switches in an entire rack of computer circuitry (that broke German and Japanese code during WWII) is less than that contained in a single USB driver IC in just one of Google's computers. We've come a long way, baby, but it is nothing compared to where we're headed in the next couple decades. 

Computer Racks Then and Now - RF Cafe

Posted  January 2013