Google praises Linux scalability

If Internet search services vendor Google Inc. is any indication, Linux is ready for primetime.

"I think Linux has really enabled Google to grow to create a cost-effective computing platform," said Google president and co-founder Sergey Brin during a keynote presentation at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo on Tuesday.

The company has deployed its applications on 15,000 computers that handle an index of more than 3 billion documents and more than 150 million daily searches, Brin said.

"We, on a daily basis, even get queries from Antarctica," Brin said. Google probably gets queries from the international space station as well, he said.

Brin detailed Google's progress dating back to its founding seven years ago to its current status, which features its Google search and indexing services, a Google hardware-based search appliance, and research projects on topics such as molecular dynamics as applied to health care.

"I think Google's really about the application of large-scale computing to solve real important problems," Brin said.

Applications developed in Google Labs include spell corrections and glossary search as well as voice-based searching, said Brin. The company in April detailed its Google Web APIs, to enable users to develop their own applications using Google.

The company hosts its computers in six datacenters. Redundancy is in place to deal with bit errors that happen in such a large-scale application, Brin said.

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