Google's Caffeine search index goes live

Summary:Google's new search index, Caffeine, processes thousands of Web pages in parallel every second.

Google on Tuesday rolled out its new Web search index, dubbed Caffeine.

With the new search index, Google is promising 50 percent fresher results and the largest collection of Web content.

In a blog post, Google said it rebuilt the search engine to capture real-time data, video and richer content. In a nutshell, Caffeine will continually index the Web. When information is updated, Caffeine will absorb the changes into the index.

Among the key stats Google outlined about Caffeine:

  • Every second Caffeine processes thousands of pages in parallel.
  • The new index takes up 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database.
  • Caffeine adds hundreds of thousands of gigabytes of data per day.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Google


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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