2TB of memory is all in a days work for Majestic Engineers

By Steve Pitchford July 27, 2012

Today ( Friday 27th July ) is sysadmin day, and we at Majestic would like to say thanks to our Systems Manager, Chris, and the specialists at our datacenters for the ongoing work that keeps our massive world wide crawl effort operational, and our web based services available.

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so Majestic would like to present a picture taken at one of the routine maintenance visits to the server farm, with the upgrade of memory in some of the servers. The chips below represent around 2TB of memory – we will leave it to you to figure out how many networked Apple II microcomputers would be required to fulfil that sort of capacity.

Almost 2 terabytes of memory

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8 Responses to “2TB of memory is all in a days work for Majestic Engineers”

  1. Jesse Leimgruber said:

    July 29, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Lets see… 192 sticks, each with 2TB. Thats 284 TB of memory. If I remember correctly, Apple II computers had 64kb of ROM. Thats about 4 trillion Apple II computers. Nice job guys, keep up the work. Maybe one day I’ll be using the Majestic Search Engine.

    • Dixon said:

      July 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Actually – each stick is 8GB, making a total of 2 TB. 8GB sticks of RAM is as large as they currently come.

      • Alex said:

        July 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

        Actually there are 16 GB and 32 GB sticks but they are often less cost effective than 8 GB ones.

  2. James said:

    July 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Even one of those sticks would be really appreciated in my ageing ThinkPad right now :-/

    • Alex said:

      July 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Our memory is state of the art server ECC variant, it won’t work in laptops I am afraid :(

      • Dawid said:

        August 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        > Yeah, In general, laptops do not use ECC memory. You will not find ECC memory on any retail laptop model, meybe only in military-spec models.

  3. absolut said:

    October 19, 2012 at 3:00 am

    How many GB has the main server? 512GB? :)

    • Steve said:

      October 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I’m not sure I’d say we have a “main server” – a lot of the work is distributed. As for the memory sizes in the farms – it varies, though I can safely say that it’s a fair bit above the 640k limit found on early desktops ;)