What does it take to power the world’s most popular search engine? Lots of CPU cycles. Which is just what Google’s new data centers provide. No one is talking, thanks to Google’s tight NDA policy, but with satellite imagery and some deft estimation we can figure it out.
OK, how big is a warehouse-sized computer? Google wrote a paper about it (see Google’s warehouse-size power problem), but they were vague on details like the number of processors.
Take Google’s new data center on the banks of the Columbia river in The Dalles, Oregon. The area had been hurting since the aluminum smelters shut down after power went over $30 per megawatt. Pricing is complex, but it looks to be about $45/mw today.
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