Wednesday, March 04, 2009

"Before Google became Google: The original setup at Stanford University" (including photograph).
The original Google platform (Backrub) at Stanford University was written in Java and Python and ran on the following hardware:

* Sun Ultra II with dual 200 MHz processors and 256MB of RAM. This was the main machine for the original Backrub system.

* 2 x 300 MHz Dual Pentium II Servers (donated by Intel) with 512MB of RAM and 9 x 9GB hard drives between the two. The main search ran on these.

* F50 IBM RS/6000 (donated by IBM) with 4 processors, 512MB of RAM and 8 x 9GB hard drives.

* Two additional boxes included 3 x 9GB hard drives and 6 x 4GB hard drives respectively (the original storage for Backrub). These were attached to the Sun Ultra II.

* IBM disk expansion box with another 8 x 9GB hard drives (donated by IBM).

* Homemade disk box which contained 10 x 9GB SCSI hard drives.