It's a pity the National Security Agency can't talk about its computational challenges, because it's leaving a lot of the boasting rights to Google.
In a blog posting on Friday the company shared some detail about the challenges of one aspect of its search operation, the Web indexing and processing that must take place before the results are delivered to users. The short version: Google has no choice but to think big.
First comes surfing. "We start at a set of well-connected initial pages and follow each of their links to new pages. Then we follow … Read more