Happy 10th birthday, Google!

September 7, 2008

On September 7, 1998, Google was first incorporated as a privately held company. Happy 10th birthday! What a decade it has been for Google. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend reading The Anatomy of a Search Engine, the original paper published by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 while they were developing the first version of Google at Stanford.

Some other papers about other Google technologies which I also recommend reading:

  • MapReduce: a framework for scaling data processing to thousands of computers, based on the functional programming primitives map and reduce.
  • BigTable: a database which scales to petabytes of data. Conventional relational databases scale to reasonably large sizes, but not the enormous amount of data that Google needs to work with.

(What, you thought this post was going to be about Chrome?)

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