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Computer Architecture, 5th Edition by David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy

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6 Warehouse-Scale Computers to Exploit Request-Level and Data-Level Parallelism

The datacenter is the computer.

Luiz André Barroso,

Google (2007)

A hundred years ago, companies stopped generating their own power with steam engines and dynamos and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities didn’t just change how businesses operate. It set off a chain reaction of economic and social transformations that brought the modern world into existence. Today, a similar revolution is under way. Hooked up to the Internet’s global computing grid, massive information-processing plants have begun pumping data and software code into our homes and businesses. This time, it’s computing that’s turning into a utility. ...

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