Saturday, October 27, 2012

Do You Have 80 Terabytes Of RAM?

Then you too can download a chunk of the Internet. Last year the Internet Archive went through the top million-ranked websites in the world as ranked by Alexa, and, naturally, got to archiving. The task lasted from March to December and saw them archive some 2.71 million URL's (2.27 million of them unique). They're interested in seeing how someone might be able to use what they've archived, so they're making the results available for download.

How much of a chunk is that? Well, total Internet traffic in 1993 was 100 terabytes. Internet traffic in one month last year was 27,483 petabytes (one petabyte is 1,000 terabytes). So, 27,483 times 1,000 times 12 is 329,796,000 terabytes.

There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year.

This is a big place.

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