29 Aug '12, 6pm

Google: Apollo’s Giant Leap In Computer Power Is One Small Step For Searchkind

Google: Apollo’s Giant Leap In Computer Power Is One Small Step For Searchkind

With the Apollo moon missions on many minds, after the death this weekend of the first moonwalker, Neil Armstrong , Google has an interesting post out about how a single search uses as much computing power as consumed by the entire Apollo program. Much as been written about how little power the Apollo flight computers had, such as the guidance computer having less than half the power of an old IBM PC XT or that our cellphones have more processing power than the on-board systems. Google’s post on Apollo’s computer power took a much broader view. It looked at all the computers used in the Apollo program, from those in the spacecraft to mainframes used by mission control on the ground. Adding all this power up, across 11 years and 17 missions, the company concluded that a single Google search consumes more power: It takes about the same amount of computing to answer one Googl...

Full article: http://searchengineland.com/google-apollo-131748

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