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I ran across an odd article the other day and it was about a Mysterious Barge that is supposedly owned by Google.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard on Wednesday visited the mysterious “Google barge” floating in San Francisco Bay, but the agency would not reveal anything about the tech giant’s hush-hush vessel.

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I didn’t think too much of it and figured it would make the tech rounds once there was some sort of public release of details.  Then I ran into a random blog which had some curious postings that really started putting things together.

Data centre in a shipping container:

And earlier in this posting:

Google: Cyberpunk as hell

Slashdot links to Bob Cringely’s usual brand of wild conjecture, this week about Google. But, man, this paragraph plays right to everything that I find exciting about computers:

The probable answer lies in one of Google’s underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn’t just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We’re talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig.

Remember that X-Files episode (perhaps one of the ones scripted by William Gibson) with a secret shipping container down at the docks full of busy rack-mount hardware and workstations?


So, guess we kinda already know what is in the barge then huh?  Some sick amount of CPUs stuffed into an endless supply of cooling fluid.  Next up, environment report that Google is now the cause of the ocean’s water temperature rise.


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