Hey, it's HighScalability time:
Test your sense of scale. Is this image of something microscopic or macroscopic? Find out.
- 72: Intel's 72 core x86 Processor; One Trillion: number of fonts served by Google.
- Quotable Quotes:
- West-Eberhard: The gene does not lead, it follows.
- @waldojaquith: To an ant, gravity is nothing, but surface tension is a powerful force. When you change scale, you play by different rules.
- Nicholas Christakis: The spread of germs is the price we pay for the spread of ideas. We assemble ourselves into networks to facilitate the flow information but we pay a price, the spread of disease.
- James Mickens: When you debug a distributed system or an OS kernel, you do it Texas-style. You gather some mean, stoic people, people who have seen things die, and you get some primitive tools, like a compass and a rucksack and a stick that’s pointed on one end, and you walk into the wilderness and you look for trouble.
- Joe McMahon: The average small startup in Silicon Valley today – 20 or so people – is carrying about the equivalent power of all the PDP-11′s sold during the 1970′s in their pockets and purses.
- Ilya Grigorik: Wow... amazon.com is completely disregarding the initial TCP congestion window
- Twitter: Every problem is a scaling problem.
- And so it begins. Google has opened Google Compute Engine to the masses. You can look at this by comparing features, cost, performance, etc. You can compare by ecosystem. You can compare by who is most likely to eat their young. But what is clear: developers will now be comparing.
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