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Facebook and Natural Disasters: Extreme Scale Data Center Resiliency

Facebook and Natural Disasters: Extreme Scale Data Center Resiliency

Fans of “The Social Network,” a movie about the early days of Facebook, (and one that, last we heard, Mark Zuckerberg has never seen), will remember the scene when the Eduardo Saverin character intentionally closes a bank account with funds that keep Facebook online.  The outraged Zuckerberg character tells him:  “Okay, let me tell you the difference between Facebook and everyone else. We don’t crash EVER! If those servers are down for even a day, our entire reputation is irreversibly destroyed! Users are fickle, Friendster has proved that. Even a few people leaving would reverberate through the entire user base. The users are…

 

Lava Flows From Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano

June 28, 2016 An HVO geologist photographs the front of the channelized ʻaʻā flow. (HVO / USGS)

June 28, 2016 An HVO geologist photographs the front of the channelized ʻaʻā flow. (HVO / USGS)

The current active lava flow (named “61g”) from Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano began as an eruption in May, and has spent months making its way to the shoreline.  The flow reached the water in late July, and has now forged several entry points near near Kamokuna. The current flow is not a threat to any local communities, largely following previous lava flow paths. As geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory track the progress of the flow, visitors have been making the hike, or taking sightseeing boats, to view the ocean entry of 61g. Kīlauea has been continuously erupting since January of 1983…

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