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Why is Google using 1e100.net?

 7:53 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm just idlying sitting watching the packets fly about and I noticed that the firefox tab showing google.com isnt connected to google.com at all.

Instead its pulling all its stuff from various sub domains of 1e100.net

1e100.net doesnt respond to http but the subdomains do...
gv-in-f103.1e100.net for example shows goog main page

domain 1e100.net was regged to goog on 24/9/09

anybody know what this is about then? - is it the new caffeine infrastructure ?
(mod - sorry for links but dunno how else to ask)



 9:00 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

The domain names are OK in this case - the domain 1e100.net is indeed owned by and used by Google. A Whois lookup reports that the domain was first set up 2009-09-26, about 3 months ago.

Google is apparently using the domain for some YouTube functions as well as Google proper. In addition, I've read reports that it is tied in with the Chrome browser's "safe browsing" function.


 1:04 am on Jan 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

Some thoughts about the domain name itself. Google probably wanted to use 10e100, since that character string means 10 to the 100 power - in other words, a googol. Not sure why they settled for 1e100, because that only comes out to a measly 1.


 2:13 am on Jan 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Not sure why they settled for 1e100, because that only comes out to a measly 1.

No, that is 1 *times* 10 to the 100th power.


 6:10 am on Jan 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Whoops, my bad - you are correct.

So there's part of the mystery of the domain name. It is googol in scientific notation. And the domain, which is rather new, is apparently becoming a behind-the-scenes workhorse. Alexa recently reported it as the only .net in the top 100 by traffic, and it's at #42!


 5:20 am on Feb 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Sometime in the middle of October, Google silently launched a new net domain - a barely-disguised doppelgänger to the familiar google.com - and according to the latest stats from the site watchers at Alexa, this mystery domain is now visited by nearly 3 per cent of all net users, making it the 44st most visited domain on the interwebs.

In other words, it's bigger than AOL, Apple.com, or the BBC.

Over the past few months, those keeping a close eye on their PC's net traffic have noticed seemingly random connections to this mystery domain. In some cases, the connections arise even before an application is launched, and since the domain name appears - at first glance - to be little more than a hodgepodge of characters, some netizens have blocked it, under the assumption it serves up malware.

As reported at The Register: [theregister.co.uk...]

[edited by: tedster at 5:29 am (utc) on Feb 8, 2010]
[edit reason] moved from another location [/edit]


 5:03 pm on Feb 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Digging a little further, The Register had a previous article in October about Google's infrastructure expansion - added information which this current article references.

The platform is known as Spanner. [Google fellow Jeff] Dean's presentation calls it a "storage and computation system that spans all our data centers [and that] automatically moves and adds replicas of data and computation based on constraints and usage patterns." This includes constraints related to bandwidth, packet loss, power, resources, and "failure modes"...

Google is intent on scaling Spanner to between one million and 10 million servers, encompassing 10 trillion (1013) directories and a quintillion (1018) bytes of storage. Imagine that. A single corporation housing an exabyte of the world's data...


Makes me wonder how the Caffeine infrastructure plays into this picture - seems like it almost has to.


 5:15 pm on Feb 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Some even earlier references from The Register, going back to June 2009.

"How do you manage the system and optimize it on a global-level? That is the interesting part," Gill continued. "What we’ve got here [with Google] is massive - like hundreds of thousands of variable linear programming problems that need to run in quasi-real-time. When the temperature starts to excurse in a data center, you don't have the luxury to sitting around for a half an hour...You have on the order of seconds."

...Google's strict code of corporate secrecy is often balanced by a pathological need to tell the world how great it is. And [Google senior manager of engineering and architecture Vijay] Gill showed a bit of both last week. It was entertaining - if not enlightening.



 1:16 am on Mar 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

Banned it in the in host file as well as other places, just to be sure.

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