Monday, August 01, 2005

Welcome to the "Death Star"

Ok, I wont lie, I'm a geek at heart. There, I've said it! I'm guilty as charged and proud to be one. I may not be a full blown geek, but part of me is, and from time to time it comes to the surface. If you're like me then, you'll love this article over at IEEE Spectrum Online (if there ever was a geeks magazine, this is it): Engineering EverQuest.

Though the first part of the article is a bit simplistic, once you get to the half mark, that's where the good stuff is. If you've wondered what sort of hardware and facilities are behind EverQuest (and most probably other MMORPGs) than you'll want to read this one.

Some of the interesting stuff:
  • More than 9 million gigabytes of EverQuest data have been downloaded from Sony's servers in the past six years
  • There are 13 data centers in Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, and on both coasts of the United States
  • More than 1500 servers around the world run EverQuest
Now if we could get the same info from the guys at Blizzard, that would really be interesting.

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