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Data Center Scaling at Breakneck Pace

Event describes giant distributed systems

Rick Merritt, EETimes
7/20/2018 00:01 AM EDT

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Web giants are in a kind of Moore’s Law race to build ever-larger distributed computer networks. They are well along in writing new chapters for the computer science history books, but it’s unclear where the trend leads.

Take, for example, Facebook. Over the past decade, it has created a global network of 15 large data centers and hundreds of edge-networking sites. The network runs thousands of programs serving billions of users and gets code updates about every two hours.

“The distributed systems you are building are something billions of people will be impacted by daily — that is both cool and scary,” said Jay Parikh, the head of engineering and infrastructure at Facebook, at the company’s first conference on large distributed software systems at its headquarters here.

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Data Center Scaling at Breakneck Pace


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