Google's Crazy Awesome Machines
A super interesting blog post by Greg Linden details a Googler keynote address that presents some staggering statistics.
Staggering statistic #1: Google uses 1,000 machines per search query. This is what makes Google fast.
Staggering statistic #2: Google crawls the Web—all of it, what used to take months—in nearly real time.
Staggering statistic #3: Google’s machine translation models use a million lookups and multi terabytes to translate one sentence