Five computers to rule them all

The world needs only five computers,” Papadopoulos said on his blog. He then listed seven–Google, eBay,, Microsoft, Yahoo,, and what he called the Great Computer of China–but let’s not split hairs. He was trying to make the point that “there will be, more or less, five hyperscale, pan-global broadband computing services giants….What I’m saying is a computer–Google runs a computer. It happens to have hundreds of thousands of processors in it, and millions of disk drives, but it’s a computer. The important distinction is there is a point of control that determines what software is going to run, and then the systems work collectively to provide some service.

Read this interview with Sun Microsystems Chief Technology Officer Greg Papadopoulos at C|Net with commentary from ZDNet


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