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Internet processed 9.57 zettabytes of information in 2008

By Matthew ยท 13 replies
Apr 7, 2011
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  1. Ever stop and wonder just how much data flows through the miraculous series of tubes we know and love as the Internet? Three UC San Diego scientists set out to answer that question last year by analyzing the total work capacity of servers around the globe and their findings were published in report this week (PDF).

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  2. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Booster Posts: 316   +6

    I thought a zetta was a type of pasta... oh wait that's zitti. :p
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,578   +248

  4. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 987   +422

    "Entry-level servers costing less than $25,000 processed about 65% of the world's information in 2008, mid-range servers crunched about 30%, and high-end servers costing $500,000+ handled the remaining 5%"

    Wait a second. What single server costs half a million dollars? The most expensive processor is under $15,000, and a server can only have a quad socket motherboard (I don't think there are any hex or 8 socket mobo's yet). If it means a high performance computing cluster that's different. One HPC data center may only have one cluster, but may have close to 100 servers.
  5. thewind

    thewind TS Enthusiast Posts: 76

    HOLY ****.... there were 6,775,235,741 people alive at the end of 2009 that means an average of 1.4 Terabites were transfered per person... I know I dont even come close to 300GB per year and thats only due to streaming movies... Its crazy to think thats how much is transfered when a lot of poor countrys dont even have access to internet...
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    how much of it is porn?
  7. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    About 90%.
  8. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    why does peta have one T but zetta has two? inquiring minds want to know.
  9. that was too funny!
  10. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    How much of it was spam? ;)
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Around 9%, with another 0.5% comprised of Lolcatz, Demotivationals and African nationals looking to free up cash reserves held by banks. 0.4% of web traffic is also devoted to YouTube Hitler reacts to (lolcats/demotivationals/African nationals...). while the remaining 0.1% is split between legitimate information sharing and discussions on the slow adoption of IPv6
  13. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Bwahaha! :D

    I think you're wrong, "Hitler reacts to" has at least 1% of all worldwide data transferrals. Also, it's rather tricky to fit subjects like "YouTube Hitler reacts to the African nationals trying to free up cash reserves using Lolcatz as spam" - but not on YouTube :)

    That's a lot of data. ~9% spam you say? Well, the Internet is Made of Cats anyway. ;)
  14. Such articles that start with saying that 1KB in 1000 bytes and further the same way aren't worth reading.

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