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How Facebook Will Power Graph Search 26

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Last week, Facebook announced Graph Search, a system for searching the social network's vast collection of users, photos, and 'Liked' interests. But how will Facebook power it? The Disaggregated Rack, which will separate compute, RAM, storage, and caching functions in order to remain flexible in the face of Graph Search's changing needs. By breaking up resources and scaling them independently of each other, Facebook can scale without needing to constantly open up new servers and upgrade new hardware."
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How Facebook Will Power Graph Search

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  • Maybe they could put the processor on a separate daughterboard and call it Group-Hug [slashdot.org], as in yesterday's story.
  • by Lost Race (681080) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @05:03AM (#42654979)

    Probably with electricity from the grid, generated from coal, gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, etc, as usual. TFA didn't actually mention power sources at all.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Wasn't it "trapped dark souls of ex-employees, spinning the generator wheels in eternal damnation"?

    • This is a very smart reply, isn't it?? As for me, any site search engine updates are very interesting from the coding and SEO points of view. It must have taken 2-3 months for their specialists to work hard with it and make lots of test before launching. I'm not a great Facebook user, but as a webmaster I would look for some more information on their searching algorithm.
  • Just learned that something called RAM sled actually exits. Not on Google search yet.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @05:06AM (#42654991)

    I don't want "Graph Seach". I just want to search my damn feed. Is that too much to ask?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @05:26AM (#42655051)

    the funny part is that on one hand you have users trying to protect their privacy while marketers are trying to actively exploit it. from what i have read on forbes (links here [forbes.com] and here [forbes.com]) graph search is more for marketers rather than users. after all, which users care about searching for anything besides people on facebook?

    and all of this is happening on the same website! so essentially facebook is now creating products/features which are basically opposing eachother.

    it must be tough to work in privacy department at facebook. privacy at facebook is being slowly shoved aside in favor of the marketers. and we all know how this story plays out.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      the funny part is that on one hand you have users trying to protect their privacy while marketers are trying to actively exploit it. from what i have read on forbes (links here and here) graph search is more for marketers rather than users. after all, which users care about searching for anything besides people on facebook?

      and all of this is happening on the same website! so essentially facebook is now creating products/features which are basically opposing eachother.

      it must be tough to work in privacy depa

  • "graph search" (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Swampash (1131503) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @08:38AM (#42655753)

    To misquote Steve Jobs: if you see the word "graph" in a customer-facing product, they blew it.

    The only people who use or have even heard the term "social graph" are product managers at Facebook and Google. Searching a "graph" means absofuckinglutely nothing to an end user.

  • It is likely going to be powered by the blood of unknowingly consenting minors and 50 somethings.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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